Camping Ethics, White Mountains

Poor "Leave No Trace" habits on the the side a Sawyer River Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA.
Sawyer River Trail – White Mountains, NH
 

Leave No Trace, Camping EthicsThe Leave No Trace program is a very effective program that uses simple principles and common sense to promote back-country camping ethics. Creating awareness for camping ethics is an important part of the program. Feel free to share this blog post with your friends.

Poor "Leave No Trace" habits on the the side a Sawyer River Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA.
Sawyer River Trail – White Mountains, NH
 

These images are from an area along the Sawyer River Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that is heavily used by campers. I have been documenting the camping area over the last few years to show the human impact taken place. The area has become a dumpster!

Back-country camping impact  along the Sawyer River Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. Yes this is what you think it is.
Sawyer River Trail – White Mountains, NH
 

It has become an endless battle keeping the area clean of trash. Campers camp at the location and leave trash everywhere and then proper parties pick the trash up. To see the forest in such a mess is upsetting! The good news is steps were taken to discourage camping in this area. No trash was visible last week.

Back-country camping impact  along the Sawyer River Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA.
Sawyer River Trail – White Mountains, NH
 

All of this trash could have been packed out by the very ones who brought it into the forest. Hikers and campers can minimize human impact by using the simple principle of "Pack it in, Pack it out". Plain and simple, pack all your trash out!

Poor "Leave No Trace" habits on the the side a Sawyer River Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA.
Sawyer River Trail – White Mountains, NH
 

If you are interested in learning more about "Leave No Trace" camping ethics click here. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics website contains great information on camping ethics.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in. And you can view more human impact images from the White Mountains of New Hampshire here. Know of any areas in the mountains that are being impacted from camping?

Happy image making..


 

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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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