A new map designed around sustainable travel in the central Cascades of Oregon and Washington will be unveiled Tuesday by project partners National Geographic and Travel Oregon.
The Central Cascades Geotourism MapGuide is detailed, full-color depiction of Eco-friendly travel destinations in the Cascades between Mount Rainier and Crater Lake national parks.
The map can be picked up free at select tourism information centers, downloaded on their website or ordered with a $5 shipping fee from its companion Web site or by calling Travel Oregon at 899-547-7842.
Geotourism is a way for people to explore and experience new environments and coultures that leaves them unspoiled for future generations. In the Central Cascades of Washington and Oregon, where breathtaking beauty can be found at every turn, we need to strive to promote the principles of geotourism every day. So as you take your journey to some of the most captivating places on Earth, I hope that you not only will be enriched by the experience but will be inspired to conserve and protect it-so you and all those who follow can enjoy it time and time again.
Tips for sustainable travel
Honor Protected Areas
Follow advisories and regulations when visiting protected areas (such as staying on established trails) and respect the rights of private landowners. Remember the usage fees you pay support local management programs and conservation efforts necessary to protect and maintain these areas.
Leave no trace
Follow all principles of the Leave No Trace Program-from preparation to preservation to respect for wildlife and others. Minimize your impact for the good of everyone.
Keep wildlife wild
Help protect this region's abundant wildlife. Maintain a respectful distance, use binoculars and telephoto lenses, refrain from feeding wild animals, and protect wildlife and your food securely storing your meals and trash, especially when camping.
Be Prepared, Stay Safe
Learn about local conditions and regulations before venturing out: What's the weather forecast? How are the roads? Are open fires permitted or camp stoves required? Remember that many mountain roads are gravel or single lane, and always carry tire chains during the fall, winter, and spring. Dress in layers-it's not uncommon to experience several seasons during the same day. Consider hiring a local guide for challenging activities.
Support the true regional character you've come to see by consciously spending your time and money at local businesses with local employee's, who offer locally produced food and products, handicrafts, and art. Your dollars will benefit the region and also help communities preserve traditions and protect natural resources.
Be aware that you may encounter cultural differences. Research local customs, social norms, and environmental issues before you arrive, especially when visiting tribal reservations.
Reverse Your Route
Visit popular places at off-peak times and travel popular itineraries in reverse order. Seek unique experiences at lesser known attractions.
Mind Your Resources
Help conserve the natural resources you've come to visit by following the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle. Support tour operators, outfitters, and service providers that incorporate green practices into their operations.
Park the car
Explore the area by getting out into it-try walking, cycling, or taking public transportation for a portion of your travels. Rent fuel-efficient or hybrid vehicles when a car is necessary.
Enhance the value of meaning of your visit by volunteering your time to a local cause or project while you're in the area. Make a financial donation to an organization that supports environmental stewardship band community well-being the region.
We will be taking a really big vacation this July and I will be taking all these tips into consideration when we plan our trip. What great tips and information.