Campsite Trash, Kancamagus Scenic Byway

Poor leave no trace ethics on Fire road 511 along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112), which is one of New England's scenic byways in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This road has many campgrounds but campers still prefer to camp off in the woods. Leaving a mess behind, like this, is not acceptable. People need to pick up their mess when they leave the forest.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway – Forest Road 511 Campsite (2011)
 

Campsite TrashKancamagus Scenic Byway – Admittedly the heat has taken its toll on me this week and I didn’t feel like doing anything today. My plans for the day were to walk up Forest Road 511 along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway in New Hampshire to finish photographing a hardwood forest I found a few months ago. There is a nice mix of hardwoods in this area. 

As I started walking up the Forest Road, I changed my plans and decided to pick up a mess left at a campsite along the Forest Road. The trash has been there a least a few months (maybe more), definitely abandoned. Most of it has been blowing around the area.

Poor leave no trace ethics on Fire road 511 along the Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This road has many campgrounds but campers still prefer to camp off in the woods. Most outdoors enthusiasts hate seeing this type of destruction to the forest.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway – Forest Road 511 Campsite (2011)
 

What you see above is how the campsite was left. Two tents, a tarp, chairs, food, plastic bottles, and numerous other camping gear were all left at the site.

Poor leave no trace ethics on Fire road 511 along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112), which is one of New England's scenic byways in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This road has many campgrounds but campers still prefer to camp off in the woods. Most outdoors men and women hate seeing this type of destruction to the forest.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway – Forest Road 511 Campsite (2011)
 

I ended up with three bags of trash, plus some other junk. Also, I spoke with proper authorities before doing this. If you would like to see more scenes of backcountry camping impact click here.

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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