Honor the Beauty of the Outdoors by Respecting Nature as You Camp
When on a camping trip, the place you set up your tent becomes your home away from home for the duration of your stay. During this month of April, it is America the Beautiful Month, so we all need to take some time to think of how we can take better care of this beautiful country. We at GroundGrabba hope you will take some of these tips on your next adventure, in order to do our part in keeping America safe and clean.
The Cumulative Effect of Humans
When camping it is very easy to fall into the trap of only looking at how we leave a site as an individual impact. However it is important to take a step back and realize just how many people visit a campsite, park, or wildlife area in any given season. We must understand the cumulative effect of our impact on the environment we choose to visit. Therefore it is extremely important to leave every place we go exactly as we came upon it. Keep these tips in mind:
Be thorough with your trash. Think “pack it in, pack it out” what you bring with you, leaves with you. Bring trash bags with you (don’t forget fido’s waste bags) Place all trash in appropriate receptacles.
Build your fire only in established fire rings. Try to use only down or dead wood, and do not burn trash. Be sure to burn all wood to ash and ensure your fire is completely out before you leave.
Be positive you have your tent stakes. If you have your stakes you will not have to tie on to logs or stones. Make sure you have your drill or a hammer with you as well.
Before you leave do a serious “once over.” Send your family and friends on a mission to check for even the smallest bits of trash and debris before you leave a site.
Bring your own camping furniture. By bringing your own furniture with you you will not have to move stones or logs to sit upon. The idea is to disturb your campsite as little as possible.
To read more about the movement to Keep America Beautiful, check out this article from the Keep America Beautiful organization, for more tips and information.
Since It’s Your Home Away From Home, Treat it That way
When in doubt, remember how you would take care of your home. Since your campsite is home for however long you stay, treat it as your own. Remember that it IS home for wildlife and the vegetation that remains long after you leave. At GroundGrabba, our love of the outdoors is what drove us to create our heavy-duty screw in tent stakes. A love of the outdoors that we share with you. So let’s all do our part during April and every month. No matter what environment you are in, let’s keep America beautiful for years to come.