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Minimize Winter Impacts

Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals 'love' them.
But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.
      Edwin Way Teale, 1953
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winter leave no trace Winter is a special time for considering Leave No Trace practices. In many areas, ice and snow cover the land making summer practices impossible. Alternative methods need to be used to minimize impact from travel, waste, and general presences.
Skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, ice climbers, fishermen, snowmobilers, and dozens of other winter sports are all growing in popularity with the result of our winter outdoors becoming more crowded. In the past, areas had a rest from human impact for months but that is changing. The solitude, harsh beauty, and enhanced challenge of winter explorations is drawing more people and we need to be aware of minimizing our impact in this special environement.
One of the major concerns during winter is the dangerous effect our presence may have on animals that are already stessed from the harsh weather and small amounts of available food.

To minimize your impact during the winter months, remember to use these cold weather principles:

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