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10 ways to green your camping trip

May 17, 2011, 8:12 a.m.
campsite on mountain

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Pick the right campsite

State and national parks often have many well-established campsites with areas designated for tents and campfires. However, if you're truly heading into the backcountry, take care selecting your campsite. Look for a durable surface to set up your tent such as gravel, packed dirt or a rock slab — you won't have as much impact on the land and you'll have a safe place to build a campfire. While they may be scenic, avoid more fragile ecosystems such as those on the banks of lakes and rivers.