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For Release: Thursday, July 23, 2020

DEC Releases PSA to Remind Outdoor Adventurers to Play Smart * Play Safe * Play Local While Keeping Natural Areas Litter-Free

In response to increased litter left behind by visitors to New York's natural areas, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released a new PSA to remind outdoor adventurers to follow the principles of Leave No Trace. The PSA features images of trash in the Catskills and the Adirondacks with a reminder that litter is not only unsightly, but can be deadly to New York's wildlife.

Visit DEC's YouTube channel to view the PSA.

DEC is encouraging visitors to the State's natural areas and facilities to keep New York's environment clean by following the principals of Leave No Trace (leaves DEC's website); Carry out what you carry in and don't leave trash, food, or gear behind. Earlier this summer, DEC and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) launched the PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL Campaign to encourage all New Yorkers to recreate safely, responsibly, and locally this summer and to always treat fellow outdoor adventurers with respect.

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