As people who enjoy the outdoors, it’s important for us to take care of the wilderness and waterways we love. The beauty and popularity of Pittsburg shows how valuable and rewarding it is to protect wild places. Here are a few steps outdoors’ people can take to protect the environment we love so much.
- Buy a Hunting or Fishing License. If you have a New Hampshire hunting or fishing license, you’re already helping the environment. Revenue from the state’s hunting and fishing licenses directly supports the following: wildlife and fisheries management, law enforcement and conservation education in New Hampshire. Making this purchase is one of the best things you can do for our local environment.
- Pack it in, pack it out. It’s just common sense: Anything you bring into the wilderness should be brought out with you, which includes taking unwanted trash. You get extra credit if you pick up any trash found along the way.
- Go Lead-Free. Lead is a toxic metal that can be extremely harmful to wildlife (and humans). It is commonly found in fishing jigs and sinkers, but anglers can choose jigs and sinkers that are lead-free. New Hampshire State Law (https://fishleadfree.org/nh/) prohibits the use of lead jigs less than one inch in length and sinkers weighing one ounce or less. Lead is also found in many bullets. Hunters can instead choose bullets made with copper, bronze or brass.
- Recycle Your Fishing Line. Monofilament fishing line discarded in the water can pose a threat to fish, birds, turtles and other animals. Be sure to properly dispose of your fishing line, or, better yet, recycle it. Many tackle shops now have fishing line recycling bins.
- Follow the rules. Hunting and fishing laws regulate the number of fish and animals people can harvest. Those regulations are an important way to protect New Hampshire’s fish and wildlife populations. Follow the rules, and if you see any illegal activity, notify a ranger.
- Riders should pay attention to trails. If you snowmobile or ride an ATV, only ride in designated areas, roads and marked trails. This helps protect the local flora and fauna. This should be easy, with so many miles of incredible trails in the Pittsburg area. Also, snowmobilers should make sure there is plenty of snow to ride on to avoid damaging the terrain. ATV riders should avoid muddy trails; this will keep those trails in good shape, so you can enjoy them when they’re dry.
- Get an eco-friendly ride. Snowmobiles and ATVs aren’t known for being environmentally-friendly, but that is starting to change. A growing selection of eco-friendly snowmobiles and ATVs are now available. Look for ones with limited CO2 emissions, choose 4-stroke over 2-stroke engines, and keep an eye out for the rapidly-improving electric models.
Photo by Ryan Coughlin