One of the things I hate the most is when I see a empty water bottle on the trial. This video should be mandatory for some.

The Great Smoky Mountains is the most popular National Park in the US. Visitors to these areas don’t always know the best way to recreate responsibly in such a delicate and fragile wilderness.

In this natural sound package that I produced for UNC-TV, we hear from Park Ranger KK Stewart, Visitors Bruce and Marilyn Robinson, Author Randy Johnson, and the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers North Moench and Ella Goodbrod.

The Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics Recommends 7 principles to help visitors to parks and other outdoor areas do everything they can to preserve and protect these places.

-Plan Ahead and Prepare
-Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
-Dispose of Waste -Properly
-Leave What You Find
-Minimize Campfire Impacts
-Respect Wildlife
-Be Considerate of Other Visitors

The Great Smoky Mtns National Park celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009. The Appalachian Mountains date back nearly 500 million years! For more information on Leave no Trace, please visit their web site.

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