There are times during his hikes when Mack Prioleau finds it saddening how so many people can disregard the rules and regulations that keep national parks pristine. While he believes that some visitors may only be ignorant, he argues that everyone should know the proper guidelines before setting foot in nature.
On this note, Mack Prioleau shares some of the most important rules people should remember during nature hikes.
Throw trash in the proper receptacles.
This is a basic rule that should apply everywhere. However, it’s a lot more important when people find themselves in nature. When hikers can’t find a trash bin nearby, they should make an effort and take their garbage with them until they do find the proper receptacle. People should always remember that they are merely visitors in a nature preserve and that many of the items they consider waste may indeed harm the animals and plant life in the area.
Keep to the trails.
Aside from leading people to the best views of the area, hiking trails in nature preserves are there for the safety of both hikers and animals. Sometimes, dangerous animals roam the areas. Trails are there to remind these animals that people pass by. Also, staying on the trails ensures the safety of plant life that may otherwise be trampled by hikers.
Don’t feed the animals.
Visitors, especially those hiking for the first time, may find themselves overeager at their first wildlife encounter. Mack Prioleau cautions people to temper their emotions and avoid feeding these animals for many reasons. First off, human food may be dangerous to wild animals. Secondly, when fed, animals may become dependent on people and may forego their normal instincts to hunt and forage.
‘Always respect nature. It’s probably the most important gift we can give to future generations.’
Mack Prioleau is a student at Vanderbilt University, where he is majoring in economics with minors in corporate strategy and financial economics. He is also an avid adventurer and a lover of the outdoors. For more on Mack, click this link.
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