The Ethics Game

This game helps you explore your own personal outdoor ethic by selecting the impact that simply bothers you the most. None are particularly “worse” than the other, but you may feel more strongly about some. Additionally, our own personal ethics can vary greatly from person to person. What bothers you may not bother someone else, and vice versa. When we venture into the outdoors, it’s important to keep these concepts in mind. Helping to ensure the positive recreational experience of all visitors goes a long way toward ensuring different individuals and user groups can all enjoy nature communally.

Rock Art

"In our neck of the woods, those rocks are home to endangered salamanders as well as other species of concern.  They protect them from the current as well as from predators.  Rock art is detrimental to their habitat." ~ Larry

"Rock art demonstrates to others that the “artist” thought he or she had a right to disrupt the natural wild feeling of the place and manipulate it into a piece of private property not to be disturbed by other visitors.  Rock art in wild places is offensive." ~ Libby


Picking Wildflowers

"Many wildflowers survive in harsh environments, sometimes only able to bloom every two or three years. Removing them from their natural environment, the only place they exist, cannot be undone." ~ Lisa

"Picking wildflowers bothers me because it denies the opportunity that others might see the beauty of the flower in the wild." ~ Mickey


Cutting Switchbacks

"Cutting switchbacks causes long-term, serious degradation to often fragile ecosystems - not only are you traveling off durable surfaces, potentially trampling plants or fungi, you're also weakening slopes and worsening erosion." ~ Liz

"The practice of cutting switchbacks not only endangers your own personal safety, it often results in increased erosion that can have disastrous effects on wilderness and front country areas. Rock and mud slides, uprooted trees and silting up of streams can harm fragile habitats. In front country areas it increases the potential for property and infrastructure damage often threatening the lives of communities many miles from the impacted trails." ~ Tom