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Keep the trails clean

November 4, 2010
Lake Placid News
To the editor:

Recently while driving past a hiking area, I noticed garbage left by hikers. I stopped and cleaned it up. Earlier in the summer I was hanging out with friends at the Westport boat launch. They were kind enough to take me and my sons out fishing on the lake. I was amazed at the amount of trash left behind by boaters. We even saw trash floating in the lake.

The Adirondack’s are a great photographers’ dream. There are all the High Peaks, numerous waterways and abundant wildlife. No one wants to get home and see a soda can or potato chip bag in the background. It isn’t only the wilderness areas that get marred by people.

Next time you are out driving look at the roadside ditches. They seem to be always full of plastic, glass, bags and other garbage. This is our planet. Respect it by taking care of your personal garbage. Clean up after yourself. Recycle and conserve our natural resources.

This quote from Lord Baden-Powell’s last letter to the Boy Scouts sums up my statements best: “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it.”



James Hewitt,

CEO, Adirondack

Wilderness Foundation

Schuyler Falls
 
 

 

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