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Winter Hiking Safety Tips from the U.S. Forest Service

From AppalachianTrail.com

Stewardship Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Our friends at the U.S. National Forest Service are reminding us to observe several hiking safety tips in their new marketing campaign, "Know Before You Go."

"The forests can provide stunning scenery and recreational opportunities during the winter, but it is important to be aware of the dangers and risks associated with winter weather," said Rick Gamber, safety officer with the Forest Service's National Forests in North Carolina. "Snow storms, freezing temperatures and long exposure to cold winds are all concerns when recreating in the national forests in the winter months."

Severe injuries and fatalities can occur during the winter due to unsafe road conditions after a snow or ice storm. Motorists should be aware of icy conditions on shaded areas of roadways...

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