The Importance of Throwing Out Litter

If you spend time outdoors, CLEAN UP LITTER!!!

Whether you utilize the great outdoors for fishing, hiking, camping or hunting, we here at Fishing Northeast encourage all outdoor enthusiasts to make cleaning up litter part of your outdoor routine.

It is not only the right thing to do, but also demonstrates the respect and commitment one has towards outdoor ethics and conservation. People that are respectful preserve places that they enjoy, so how about we leave it better than you found it?

While many of those that enjoy the outdoors are good about taking their trash with them, unfortunately it only takes a few bad apples leaving their trash behind to ruin an area for the rest of us. Littering is the most common reason why landowners do not allow access on or through their property.

Picking up that cigerette butt, beer can or discarded fishing line left by others not only helps keep the outdoors clean, but it also teaches future generations about the good fortunes that come from being good stewards of the land. Youth learn from their parents to either be good caretakers – positive role models for hunting, fishing and the outdoors or to be lazy disrespectful slobs.

We lose access to land and water every year because of people disrespecting the properties of others, a price that everyone must pay for the disrespectful actions of the few.

Trash being left behind is not unique to the fishing and hunting community but plagues all areas – along hiking trails, roadways, campgrounds, vehicle pulloffs – basically anywhere that people use the outdoors.

Vandalism and illegal trash dumping are common problems that face our society, including many of the hunting and fishing access sites. These areas are paid for with funding from hunters and anglers, maintained for the benefit of public recreation.

During these difficult financial times for many of our state departments, it is ever more implorable that these actions be ceased. Repairing or replacing damaged items and disposing of discarded trash costs money and is very time consuming. Money and time that would be better resourced for our fish and game departments across the country.

We encourage anybody that observes vandalism or littering to call the local law enforcement agency as soon as possible. Write down a vehicle description, license plate number, description of the violator and note the location, day and time. Do this in a safe manner and never put yourself in harms way or confront the violators.

People need to show respect and responsibility when it comes to our outdoor resources and keeping them clean. We are all in this together.

By Scott Garland-FNE Staff

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