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Elaine Dermody: Protect your wilderness

Wilderness is the most highly protected and valuable land owned by the public — you and me. Those of us that live in Steamboat Springs are fortunate to have three wilderness areas nearby where we can commune with nature.

Volunteers with Friends of Wilderness, a local nonprofit, assist the U.S. Forest Service in keeping these wilderness areas pristine. We are experiencing an increasing number of visitors making it a difficult job. You can help by not being a part of the problem.

This past Sunday my husband and I spent the day hiking to the lakes out of Buffalo Pass. We cleaned foil, cans and bottle caps out of fire rings — none of these items burn so please haul them out. Worst of all, we picked up a fair amount of toilet paper from behind trees and bushes. How difficult is it to bring a ziplock to carry your paper out?

Think about how your wilderness experience would be with toilet paper and cans all over and/or tents, surrounding the lakes. Practicing “leave no trace” and complying with the wilderness regulations will help to keep your wilderness areas pristine for your enjoyment and others.

Elaine Dermody

Steamboat Springs

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