Jonathan Jarodsky teaches how to minimize our impact on the outdoors

126- How to Minimize Our Impact in the Outdoors with Jonathan Jarodsky

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

September 10, 2020

With most activities shut down this summer, there is one type of activity that has been readily available in most areas: the great outdoors.

Lots of places are seeing record numbers of people hiking and backpacking, which is great that people are enjoying nature. However, there can be some side effects from this many people, such as an increase in search and rescue calls, and damage to habitat.

While we have the opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature, we should learn how to recreate responsibly. There are essentials to always carry with you, and leave no trace principles to follow.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • What's the purpose of these preserved places
  • Learn about the 7 Leave No Trace Principles
  • How to navigate wild areas and minimize human impact on the land
  • Resources to be prepared in the backcountry


  • [3:15] How long has Jonathan Jarodsky been with the National Park Service
  • [5:45] What is Mt Rainier like compared to places back east like Chicago
  • [7:00] There are 419 national parks in the US and their mission is to preserve area for others to enjoy and to educate
  • [9:30] Should people be following dedicated trails, or can you create your own trails outside
  • [11:00] It can take 7 years for subalpine heather to grow 1 inch
  • [11:30] What are the 7 LNT Principles
  • [13:15] Are there different types of parks that have better terrain to go off trail, or does each park have different sections that is more delicate
  • [14:30] When places are busy, how can we minimize our impact on the environment and not destroy the area because we want to explore and camp
  • [17:30] What happens to animal habitat when humans go through and cut our own trails and spread out across these protected lands
  • [22:45] As humans spread out further, how does this impact animals
  • [25:00] Do not allow your dogs to approach wildlife, especially bears
  • [28:45] Jonathan's final thoughts on how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly 

Resources From This Episode

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  • Learn more about the National Park Service- Learn More
  • The Leave No Trace 7 Principles to Follow- Learn More
  • These are the 10 Essentials to Always Carry With You- Learn More
  • See how social media has changed many areas- Watch Now

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Jonathan Jarodsky


Learn from Jonathan Jarodsky different ways to minimize human impact on the outdoors

Learn from Jonathan Jarodsky different ways to minimize human impact on the outdoors

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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