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Leave No Trace This Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! In celebration of this end-of-the-summer holiday, many Americans will go camping one last time. We encourage you to get out there and enjoy the wilderness; however, be sure to take care of it too! Read on for a few clean camping and fire safety tips.  

 

Prevent the mess in the first place.

  • Less is more. Try to reduce the mess before you arrive at the campsite. When packing for a trip, be mindful about what you’re bringing. Try to prep meals before you go, unwrap snacks and toiletry products and use versatile pieces of clothing.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle! Try to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable items and make it easier on yourself and the environment! Bring a water jug and fill up a reusable water bottle instead of using plastic – it leaves one less thing you have to cleanup in the end.
  • Set up a garbage can! As soon as you arrive at the campsite, set up a garbage can! This will reduce the amount of trash laying around and make it easier for when it’s time to leave. Don’t forget to bring the trash can in before you go to bed every night – be bear aware!
 

Clean up before you leave.

If you pack it in, please pack it out – leave no trace. Don’t leave anything at the campsite that wasn’t there before. Throw away any trash and pick up all camping gear before leaving. When dumping your gray water, find a designated area or dump it where it will do no harm. Your actions not only effect the people who will camp there next, but also the environment.

 

Properly put out your fire.

First and foremost, burn the fire down as much as possible. Then put out the fire by soaking the ashes in water. Don’t leave any remaining hot spots – this may take a few buckets of water. Mix up the ashes and embers to see if there are any remaining red embers or burning logs. Pour more water on the remains if necessary. Keep doing so until you can no longer feel any heat when placing your hand directly above the remains.

 
Did You Know:

  • 97% of US employers celebrate Labor Day!
  • The first Labor Day was established after 10,000 workers marched in New York City in 1882.
  • The eight-hour work day wasn’t established until 1916 by the Adamson Act.
 

 

Happy Labor Day!

Sources: Camp Jellystone, Reserve America, Trip Savvy, Indeed