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How Long Does Trash Last on the Trail?

Many people don’t know how long it takes natural items to decompose, assuming that whatever biological matter they discard will break down quickly. But many of our most common scraps take an astonishing amount of time to fully disintegrate…

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Leave No Trace at the Trailhead

Step up your LNT game with this simple post-hike trick.

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Tackling High Use & Overuse in New York’s Forest Preserves

Problems and solutions for tackling high use and overuse in New York's forest preserves.

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Cairns Are Bad News

TL;DR — Building cairns disturbs fragile, sensitive habitats and stresses whatever environment they’re built in. I didn’t know people also built them in streams…

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