Outdoor Issues that Affect the Backcountry



- It seems that fire and the pursuit of firewood is the biggest cause of damage to our outdoor areas. We really need to get more serious about minimizing impact from fires because the really is a dark side to backpacking campfires.

Invasive Species:

Invasive weeds

Did you know that non-native weeds could be tagging along with you on your boots, clothing, or gear? These invasive weeds can upset the natural balance of plant communities. Shake out your gear and clean your boots before your next trip.

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is causing severe damage to certain forests. The easiest thing you can do is to not transport any firewood. The ash borer could be hiding in firewood so it is best to obtain firewood locally.

Physical Pollution

- Cigarette butts are not only unsightly but they can also pollute water sources

- Fireworks pollute the air, land and water.

Light Pollution

- Because of urban sprawl and the increasing use of outdoor lighting many backcountry areas are losing the opportunity for stargazing and can no longer see the Milky Way.


- We need more areas set aside as federally designated Wilderness areas before they are lost to development, logging, roads, etc.

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