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New York DEC reminding park users to 'leave no trace'

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Posted at 9:14 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 09:14:24-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding you that if you use a state park, that you should not be leaving trash behind.

The DEC says you should follow these tips to Leave No Trace

  • Carry out what you carry in. Don't leave trash, food, gear, or any other personal belongings behind.
  • Trash your trash. Use designated receptacles when available or carry your trash in a small bag so you can throw it out at home. Never put trash in outhouses or porta-potties.
  • Use designated bathroom facilities when available. If traveling, use the rest areas closest to your destination before you arrive. Learn how to dig a cat hole and properly dispose of your human waste for the times when nature calls and a bathroom is not available.
  • During the COVID-19 public health crisis, take extra precautions when picking up trash you find on the trail. Wear gloves and make sure to hand sanitize when you are done.

Leaving things behind dangers local wildlife and delicate ecosystems.