Editorial: Leave no trace
April 23, 2011
One of Craig and Moffat County’s biggest attributes is its number of parks and open spaces. With spring trying to arrive in earnest, it’s a good time to remind people of a good rule — if you pack it in, you pack it out, too. There’s no reason to let our community’s green space be soiled by trash and unwanted debris.
We've all seen them — communities so densely populated that seemingly every inch is covered by asphalt.
Luckily, Craig and Moffat County isn't one of those blacktop urban areas.
We have plenty of parks and open spaces, and recreation opportunities are almost limitless.
But, those areas aren't exactly pristine right now. They're not being cared for, and it's not parks and recreation employees who are to blame.
Many of our community parks are sprinkled — and worse — with trash and other debris.
The problem has become more apparent with the fading of winter — there's no more snow to cover and hide the signs of residents' laziness.
Keeping our parks and open spaces green and natural should be a priority for people who use them.
Sadly, that's not always the case.
It seems many in our community forget a good rule of thumb — just like camping, if you pack it in, you need to pack it out. Instead, they choose to leave their mess, soiling the natural landscape and ruining it for others.
Thankfully the community has some service groups that volunteer their time to host cleanup efforts at parks and other areas, mitigating the issue to some degree.
The amount of trash they haul away is embarrassing. Their efforts are commendable and should be appreciated; that their work is necessary is a sad statement on others, however.
The Editorial Board implores residents to respect our community's natural areas by not adding to the litter problem. Pick up after yourself and attempt to preserve one of the community's attributes rather than harming it.
It's not some Herculean task anyone is asking for, simply good citizenship.
What's the best way to preserve the green space we all enjoy so much? By leaving behind no trace that you were there.