stance, out west on hiking trails, rock cairns are used to mark the way….this is not what we are talking about in this in- stance. In the NC Smokies alone, 68 spe- cies of fish in the park build their nests under rocks. (www.friendsofthesmokies. org) When rocks are moved, fish die. Aquatic insects need the rocks for cover and to hang on to so they are not swept away. Algae not only helps produce oxy- gen, but it helps clean and filter the water, absorbing nutrients and heavy metals. What about sea shells? Very few stud- ies on this phenomenon have been done up until now. What scientists are finding is that our passion for picking up seashells is also having a devastating effect on wild- life and their habitat, as well as the land- scape. Shells are so much more important than we realize! Shells help stabilize beaches and anchor seagrass! (www. One study done in Spain found a 60% decline (SIXTY PERCENT) in shells from humans picking up shells over many years. These shells are used by hermit crabs as armor, they are used by sea creatures who move from shell to shell, from safe house to safe house, and they are used by shore- birds as nest materials. Not many tourists have considered what their bags of shells

collected is doing to wildlife and the habitat. And as you know, we are wildlife as well, what we do to animals and crea- tures, we do to ourselves. One’s first thought is, well what about the broken shells or half shells? Those seemingly un- important pieces are broken down natu- rally by the environment to provide nutri- ents for organisms in the sand for those who build their own shells. Let’s rephrase that. Every shell we take is taking away a future home for an organism. Shell collect- ing is connected to dramatic decline in beach health even though it is the most understudied and least understood area of impact. What we do know is that LNT does help protect nature three ways: physically, biologically and socially. “Learning to Leave No Trace is about preserving our own integrity, stability and beauty, as in- dividuals and as a society. (Excerpt from North Carolinian Will Harlan’s book: Leave No Trace.)

Nature moves us….when you feel

moved by nature, consider not moving what you see but instead, capture it in a photo, paint what you see, journal it, write about it in a poem, but leave it be.

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JoAndra (Jo) Proia is the Outdoor Writer for Natural Triad. Her writing has been pub- lished in several outdoor maga- zines and she published her first guidebook “Pied- mont Lakes” in the spring of 2017. She is an ACA Certified Kayak Instructor

and Guide with GET:OUTDOORS WOM- EN ON THE WATER, a kayak shop in Greensboro. She can be reached at jo. or LIKE her page at enonthewater You can also find her book at Get:Outdoors Paddlesports, order it online at, at Wild Birds Unlimited in Greensboro, or free at Kathleen Clay Edwards Library.

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