Posts Tagged: leave no trace



Human Impact, White Mountains

Abandoned Tires - Easton, New Hampshire
Human Impact, White Mountains - This photography work focuses on the many ways humans impact the environement. Every day beautiful landscape photos of the New Hampshire White Mountains are posted on social media, and this creates a false belief that the White Mountain National Forest is in a state of pristine condition that will never change. And this is far from the truth – every day a little more damage is done to the White Mountains environment. In order to ...

Trail Work, Poor Trail Blaze Removal Practices

Tree Vandalism in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire
Trail Work, Poor Trail Blaze Removal Practices - In October 2011, Erin Paul photographed newly painted trail blazing along the Mt. Tecumseh Trail in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. And sometime in the spring 2012, poor trail stewardship practices were used to remove one of the trail blazes. The bark where the blaze was had been cut and peeled away from the tree, and a large wound where rot, fungus, and insects could enter the tree was visible. Most trail maintenance ...

Trail Work Erosion, White Mountains

May 2016 - Mt Tecumseh Trail - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Trail Work Erosion, White Mountains - The included images show how a section of the Mt Tecumseh Trail in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire has elapsed over time. The first two images are from October of 2011 and the last image is from August of 2014. The intent of this visual journal is to record the progression of hillside erosion on the left side of the trail and to document how this section of trail holds up to...[Continue reading] ...

Camping Ethics, White Mountains

Back-country camping impact along the Sawyer River Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA
Camping Ethics, White Mountains - The Leave No Trace program is an 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...[Continue reading] ...

Repaired Trail Blazing, Trail Maintenance

Mount Tecumseh Trail - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Repaired Trail Blazing, Trail Maintenance - Some of the issues along the Mt Tecumseh Trail in Waterville Valley New Hampshire have been addressed and corrected by Forest Service. I commend Forest Service for correcting issues along this trail. And it is satisfying to know they are taking the needed steps to improve the White Mountains trail system...[Continue reading] ...

Mt Tecumseh Trail, New Hampshire

Mount Tecumseh Trail - White Mountains, New Hampshire
Mt Tecumseh Trail, New Hampshire - Today I hiked the Mt Tecumseh Trail in Waterville Valley to photograph a section of fairly new stonework. In October of 2011 I was asked to photograph this work, and at the time I questioned the quality of work, so I have continued to photograph it. The included photos show that the hillside is collapsing, and the steps are not holding up....[Continue reading] ...

Backcountry Camping Impact, White Mountains

Abandoned Campsite - Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire USA
Backcountry Camping Impact, White Mountains - This photography work focuses on backcountry camping impact in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. Some areas are being littered with trash and are showing signs of surface erosion from heavy usage. And in other areas campsites are completely abandoned; campers are leaving all they're camping gear behind in the forest, and this eventually turns into a big mess that someone has to pick up. In other areas of the White Mountain ...

Campsite Trash, Kancamagus Scenic Byway

Kancamagus Byway – Campsite trash
Campsite Trash, Kancamagus 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...[Continue reading] ...

Unattended Campfire, Pemigewasset Wilderness

Pemigewasset Wilderness - Unattended campfire
Unattended Campfire, Pemigewasset Wilderness - In May 2010, I spent a day deep in the Pemigewasset Wilderness of New Hampshire doing research and verifying information along the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad. It was a wonderful day, but what I stumbled upon caught me completely off guard.....[Continue reading] ...