Sustainability campaign called ‘Care for Lake County’ promotes protecting the environment

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It’s almost the busy season for the North Shore.

Lovin’ Lake County has partnered with “Leave No Trace” to protect natural areas throughout the county.

The partnership aims to educate folks with easy-to-follow outdoor principles to help minimize environmental impact.

There are a series of videos that show how everyone can do their part.

Anne Kregness plays the role of Information Annie, and shares the advice.

Kregness herself works at the Tourist Center in town. “The people who come in to visit are the most fun.”

As for being the main character in the campaign, she said, “It’s exciting for me, and for the whole concept, to keep Lake County pristine.”

Here are the major themes:

  • Plan ahead and prepare – weather, terrain, regulations/restrictions, private land.
  • Travel on trails – stick to the trails to not scar the landscape, leave space, do not shout, and camp on durable surfaces or designated campsites.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find – Don’t damage trees or plants.
  • Minimize campfire impacts – use a camp stove, be aware of the time of year and terrain, and keep the fire in a fire ring to eliminate the scars on the ground.
  • Respect the wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors – leave space, keep the noise down, and keep your pet leashed.
  • Keep nature natural.