Practice Good #slediquette
Winter has delivered! This means more people playing in the snow. Enjoy what Mother Nature gifted us by being stewards of the Sierra.
Darcie Goodman Collins, PhD, and CEO of the League to Save Lake Tahoe (a.k.a. Keep Tahoe Blue) reminds everyone to practice good #slediquette:
While pollution in the basin is a big, diverse and complex issue, snow throws a bright spotlight on one of the largest winter-time culprits: plastic sleds. Like the plastic utensils, sauce packets and to-go containers we can’t seem to escape, plastic sleds are basically single-use, unlike the indestructible wood and metal versions I used as a kid in South Lake. With today’s sleds, it only takes one wrong bounce for that electric yellow disc to explode in a hundred neon-colored shards.
Remember, plastic doesn’t biodegrade. It just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. If those pieces aren’t picked up, they travel downhill — just like that sled — and eventually wind up in Lake Tahoe. This doesn’t mean sledding is bad; it simply means everyone needs to practice good #slediquette to protect our Jewel of the Sierra.
If a customer, a new acquaintance you just met, or family members here from out of town are planning a sledding adventure, remind them to practice good #slediquette by following this simple checklist.
- Rent a sled. Or buy a more durable wood or metal one.
- Only sled at designated hills. Spare Tahoe’s sensitive environment.
- Bring home everything you brought with you. Yes, even those tiny straw wrappers.
- Wear a mask, stay six feet apart and protect public health.
- Avoid a parking ticket (they’re no fun). Don’t park where you shouldn’t.
And most importantly, be safe and have fun. By following these tips, you’ll ensure that the next adventurer can have fun too.
Take Care Tahoe has excellent resources for your next small hill adventure, including links to Tahoe’s official sled hills and sled rental locations: TakeCareTahoe.org/sleds.
If you want to do more than spread the good word about litter prevention, it’s easy. Help us Keep Tahoe Blue by joining our #TahoeBlueGooder family in three simple steps: 1) Visit CitizenScienceTahoe.org to get started on the free web app, 2) pick up any litter you find while you’re out and about, and 3) use the app to tell us what kind of trash you found and where.
Your reports give us the hard data to push for policies that will prevent litter altogether. To get even more involved, visit keeptahoeblue.org/tbc.
As people who cherish Tahoe, we all have a role to play in protecting it. Practicing good #slediquette is one small but important step toward preserving this special place, so our kids and grandkids can know and enjoy its beauty too. Together we will Keep Tahoe Blue.
Darcie Goodman Collins, PhD, is CEO of the League to Save Lake Tahoe.