Seriously, folks, clean up your mess!

COVID-19 has certainly impacted the outdoor recreation industry. 

RV sales are up, campsites are filling, and hiking trails are getting an incredible amount of new foot traffic. 

It seems as if the second the CDC and other health experts gave outdoor activities their stamp of approval, Americans flocked to wide open spaces in record numbers. 

In a recent study by CivicScience, 43% of Americans polled stated they are doing more outdoor activities than usual due to COVID-19. 

While I am happy more Americans are discovering the natural areas our nation has to offer, I am dismayed by the negative impact many individuals are having upon our public lands.

Joie Heien and Molly Tinkey. They are Seniors at Washington High School who have taken up walking more trails because COVID. They also pick up a lot of trash, too. This pick up was at the start of the school year at the Washington Riverfront Trail and Park in Washington, Mo.

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