Tread lightly

  • When possible, walk on designated trails. Trampling can damage sensitive vegetation and intertidal animals. If there is no trail, try to walk on bare rock or sand.
  • Don't take "short cuts" across bends in the trail. This can cause erosion when rainwater flows down the newly compacted area.
  • Many orchids can be damaged or killed simply by touching or tugging on their stems—practice walking aware to protect these endangered species, and admire, but resist the urge to touch.
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