The forest is in peril and there is much, much more at stake than meets the eye. With the recent limitations placed on traveling freely and a strong suggestion of social distancing, many have shifted to what activities are still available to them. One of the most common activities individuals and families have turned to is to spend time in nature. This is a wonderful turn of events as we believe sustainability depends on more people connecting with the natural world.
However, the shift toward this activity has also placed a great deal of stress on the places we visit. And, as many who are taking this opportunity are not familiar with low-impact practices such as “Leave No Trace” and “Take only photos. Leave only footprints.” there is clearly a need to educate the public and to establish a common protocol we can all turn to when arriving at, and departing from natural places.