Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Staying Safe In The Forest

The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

Local Area Emergency Information

Accidents happen. Knowing where you might need to go in case of an emergency is important in preparing for any trip.

Be Safe In Bear Country

There are many specific things people can do to avoid attracting bears.

Western Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes are not as dangerous or as frightening as most people think. That does NOT mean however, that you should not be cautious when hiking, backpacking, hunting or playing in the woods.

Avoid Avalanche Hazards

Be aware of the hazards in the backcountry...

Links to California Department of Public Health

Giardia

At one time or another, almost everybody has reached into an ice cold, crystal clear mountain stream, dipped a cupful of the water and taken a long drink. Water from those beautiful mountain streams is so inviting. such a delightful alternative to tap water at home. Beautiful to look at, and tastes good too, an unbeatable combination. And, herein lies the problem. what you CAN'T see in the cup of water can hurt you.

Hanta Virus

HCPS is a potentially severe disease of the lungs which was first recognized in 1993 in the "Four Corners" area (where Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico meet) of the southwestern United States (U.S.). The disease is caused by a virus called Sin Nombre that is carried by wild mice and shed in their feces,urine, and saliva.

West Nile Virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease first detected in the United States in 1999. Infection by WNV is minimized through the concerted actions of local and state public health and vector control agencies. People can protect themselves by taking precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Plague

Plague is a bacterial disease people can get if they are bitten by an infected rodent flea. Plague is treatable with antibiotics, but can progress to severe and sometimes fatal illness if diagnosis and treatment are delayed. Squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents in many areas of California can carry plague. Persons visiting, hiking, or camping in these areas should avoid contact with rodents.

Tick-Borne Diseases

Ticks are small, insect-like creatures most often found in naturally vegetated areas. There are many different kinds of ticks in California, but only six kinds are known to commonly bite humans. Sometimes these ticks carry germs like bacteria or viruses that can be transmitted to a person while the tick is attached and feeding. Avoiding tick-bites is the best way to avoid getting these diseases.

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Staying Safe In The Forest

The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.


Avoid Avalanche Hazards

Be aware of the hazards in the backcountry...


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