With the official start of summer in full swing, many of us are out enjoying our County’s most valued natural resources whether it be fishing, boating, hiking, camping, or trail riding. Recreation is often the gateway for people to care and learn more about our natural resources. Keeping those natural resources healthy for all of us to enjoy now and in the future is heavily dependent upon recreating sustainably! Let’s take a look at some ways we can protect natural resources while we recreate.
While hiking along a trail, invasive species can hitch a ride on the bottom of your boots, your gear, your clothing, and even your pet! Invasive species are a major threat to our local native plant and wildlife species. To avoid the spread of invasive species into an area, utilize all boot brush stations, follow firewood rules, and clean off your gear before entering a new area – this applies to the water too! Aquatic invasive species are easily moved from one body of water to the next by boaters. Incorporating Clean, Drain, Dry into your boating routine can significantly help the spread of aquatic invaders, keeping the lake fun to swim, fish, and boat in!
Another sustainable practice to follow, is simply Leave No Trace – which encompasses the idea of “take only photographs and leave only footprints”. Next time you hit the trail or are out camping, remember to pack OUT what you pack IN, including your trash.
This July join the Antrim Conservation District and the CAKE CISMA as we each host local events to promote sustainable recreation! The CAKE CISMA, an invasive species management group for our local region, will be hosting two boat wash stations on July 22nd to spread awareness of aquatic invaders, and to also assist boaters with the Clean, Drain, Dry practice. The Antrim Conservation District, along with our partners, will host the Jordan River Clean Sweep on July 28th to enjoy a day on the river while removing trash along the water trail.
Check out these links to learn more about sustainable recreation:
Leave No Trace
Don't Move Firewood and Firewood: Buy It Where You Burn It
Clean Drain Dry (view video below)