Common Sense Ways To Preserve Your Campsite
If you are a biker, you get to be out in nature. When camping in the great outdoors, you must be proactive and work to preserve the environment and protect your surroundings for yourself, future visitors, and for wildlife as well. When you go camping, you need to do what you can to preserve Earth’s natural beauty. Here are a few tips for ways to preserve a campground.
Tend To Your Campsite
Choose your campsite carefully, being sure that you set up camp on high, firm, or sandy ground. Camping should only be done in designated areas. Never camp where camping isn’t permitted. Always make sure you leave your campsite clean and free of any trash. If trash cans aren’t provided, take your trash with you and dispose of it properly somewhere later. Food scraps can be fatal to animals, such as bears, because they will start scavenging. You also don’t want any bears in your tent!
When you are preparing food, use a barbecue, fireplace or a cooker but only light fires where they are allowed. Collect dead wood from the local area, don’t take firewood along from somewhere else because that can spread disease and insects. Be sure to soak the fire thoroughly with water before you leave the area.
Using Extra Care With Products
Soap, detergents, and even toothpaste could harm marine life, so use biodegradable products and wash in the sink away from any bodies of water, such as the lake, ocean, or pond. Always use the provided toilets. Even biodegradable soap can impact the environment.
Watch Where You Ride
Only ride your bike on designated trails or roads. Don’t go off-trail, as that will crush flora and damage plant roots and plant life. Staying on the designated path is better for the environment and is much safer for you and for others you may encounter along the way.
Use Caution When Biking on Unpaved Road
Don’t cut ruts into the ground, as that will be damaging to plants and their root systems. Ruts will also fill with water and be dangerous for other cyclists and hikers who pass through the area. The ruts can also contribute to erosion, especially if it’s rained recently or will rain soon.
Your Camping Equipment
Always thoroughly clean and sanitize your camping equipment both before and after trips, so you can reduce the risk of spreading weeds and other unwanted plants as well as reduce the chances of spreading disease.
Stay Off Slopes
Don’t ride your bike on unpaved slopes and don’t set up camp on a slope. When you mess with the structure of a slope, you are contributing to erosion. Erosion is harmful to both plant life and animal life, so don’t risk causing such damage. Instead, travel on and find a campsite that isn’t on a slope. Also, be sure to use a campsite in the approved or designated area for setting up camp.
Follow The Campground Rules
Adhere to the rules of the campground. After all, those rules are in place to protect nature and campers! Of course, at Steel Steeds Motorcycle Campground, your camping sites are already set up for bikers!
*This article was created by Personal Injury Help (www.personalinjury-law.com), an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice, and it is intended for informational use only. Be sure to review your local cycling ordinances to ensure you ride safe and legally.