Here are some of the best ways to camp responsibly. One of the best ways to protect Mother Nature when you are out picking a spot for basecamp is to find an area that has been previously used. Creating new campsites kills vegetation and causes soil erosion. Once you find your spot try and keep it small, this lowers your impact upon the surrounding environment. If you are planning on making a fire, try to locate already fallen timber or branches and not cut into living trees. Fires should be properly snuffed out once done by slowly pouring water on top of it (do not burry fire) and contained when burning. Make yourself a safe fire pit by clearing brush around the fire and even making a rock barrier surrounding the burning logs. Wildfire is an incredible threat to the outdoor species so make sure there is someone always monitoring it. If answering natures call, make sure to do so at least 200 feet away from any water source. A helpful tip to making sure you maintain a clean environment is to always have a trash bag on hand and always properly dispose of your trash in it. The best way to create less trash is by using reusables. This includes reusable cups, water bottles, utensils, napkins and by prepackaging food in containers before heading out into the wilderness. Try to leave no trace you were there and have the camp looking better than you found it. Try to keep all your food away from wildlife and remember never to feed the animals. Camp responsibly and always prepare ahead of time for your adventure. Happy exploring!