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BearSaver Introduces New Dog Waste Receptacle

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Americans love their pets, especially their canine companions. Dogs provide great companionship to their owners; experts estimate that there are around 83 million pet dogs bringing joy to their owners. With that many dogs roaming around, there is clearly going to become an issue with dog waste. In fact, it is estimated that these pets produce around 10.6 million tons of waste every year – enough to fill a line of tractor-trailers spanning all the way from Seattle to Boston. According to one study conducted by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, visitors to Boulder, Colorado’s Open Space, and Mountain Parks land leave behind approximately 60,000 pounds of waste each year. Introducing the BearSaver Dog Waste Enclosure Unfortunately, leaving behind dog waste is not just unattractive to visitors, but it poses potential health risks as well. Fortunately, BearSaver has an answer for those communities that are looking to better address this concern. With the BearSaver Dog Waste Receptacle...

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Park Waste: Seeking Answers to a Serious Problem

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You might be shocked to learn that national park visitors generate a whopping 100 million pounds of garbage each year, resulting in enough trash to fill the Statue of Liberty more than 1,800 times. If shoved into the standard household trash bag, this amount of waste would fill 20 million bags and would stretch all the way from New York to Los Angeles two times. That’s a lot of trash. Overcoming Hurdles Despite the amount of trash that they generate, many park visitors remain blissfully unaware of the impact they have with their waste. In fact, a study conducted by Subaru of America and the National Parks Conservation Association found that 59 percent of Americans are unaware of the challenges that parks face in terms of waste collection. While the recent government shut down has helped bring this to light as visitors continue to come to the parks despite a lack of rangers to keep them clean, many still fail...

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5 Tips for Reducing Your Waste Impact on National Parks

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Many Americans may be shocked to learn that local, state and national parks are facing serious issues with waste collection and removal. With the recent government shutdown, the issue has been brought to the forefront with more people asking how they can help resolve this issue. If you are interested in helping to keep the parks clean, here are a few suggestions you might want to consider. Tip #1: Know What the Problem Looks Like Sometimes, simply better educating yourself about the issue is the key to helping you take steps to correct it. According to a recent survey conducted on just the parks of Denali, Grand Teton, and Yosemite, approximately 100 million pounds of trash were thrown away by visitors in just those three parks in 2015. Surprisingly, some of these items were things that visitors simply left behind at campgrounds, such as sleeping bags, tents and even mattresses. Overall, the breakdown of the items tossed away at these...

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Keeping Wildlife Safe with Smart Waste Removal

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While litter in parks and other natural spaces is certainly unattractive, it does more than simply spoil beautiful views for park visitors. In fact, litter can pose some serious dangers for wildlife. Even if park visitors are conscientious about removing their waste, it is not uncommon for refuse from nearby garbage cans to get blown into parklands where it creates problems for wildlife. Gaining a better understanding of how litter affects wildlife is the first step toward addressing the problem. The Harmful Effects on Wildlife Litter in its various forms can be very harmful to wildlife. Some real-life situations that are frequently observed include: Fishing lines getting trapped in the legs, wings or neck of waterfowl. Fishhooks getting stuck in the throats of birds. Lead poisoning in birds caused by accidentally swallowing small lead fishing weights. Broken glass cutting the feet of mammals. Small animals getting caught inside of unbroken bottles, cans, and jars. Mammals, birds, and fish getting caught...

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5 Great Ways to Get Youth Involved in Park Cleanup

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  Keeping our local, state and national parks clean is an effort that involves everyone, from visitors to volunteers. Instilling the desire to maintain clean parks is something that should ideally start at a young age. If you are looking for great ways to get youth involved in keeping our parks clean, here are a few programs you might want to consider implementing in your community and schools. Look Into Adopting a Park Contact park rangers or supervisors in your area to learn more about how your youth group or family can adopt a park. Once you have found a park to adopt, plan to visit the park on a regular schedule to assist with keeping the park clean and well-maintained. Under the supervision of the park ranger or supervisor, you can help to remove invasive species, paint and spread mulch along with helping to pick up litter. Participate in the Leave No Trace Program The Leave No Trace program...

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