Livingston Montana has joined the ‘Recreate Responsibly’ movement, which provides guidelines to help travelers advance resident and visitor safety and the sustainability of tourism resources.
‘Recreate Responsibly’ encourages everyone to have a holistic outdoor experience by following all aspects of responsible recreation: keeping yourself, others, and outdoor places safe; accessing outdoor benefits essential to the human experience; and building an outdoors for all through justice, diversity, and inclusion. Explore Livingston distributed posters, table tents, social media messages, website updates, and radio PSAs to promote the safety of outdoor recreationists in our region and the state of Montana while promoting the sustainability of its tourism industry.
“We’re encouraging everyone in Montana to help protect our remarkably beautiful assets by limiting their impact on nature and people,” said Jan Stoddard, of the Montana Office of Tourism.
The ‘Recreate Responsibly’ guidelines include:
1. Know Before You Go: Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don’t go. If it’s crowded, have a backup plan.
2. Practice Physical Distancing: Keep your group size small. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home.
3. Plan Ahead: Prepare for facilities to be closed, pack lunch, and bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering. Check local regulations regarding the need for a face covering.
4. Play it Safe: Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.
5. Explore Locally: Limit long-distance travel and make use of local parks, trails, and public spaces. Be mindful of your impact on the communities you visit.
6. Leave No Trace: Respect public lands and waters, as well as Native and local communities. Take all garbage with you.
7. Build an Inclusive Outdoors: Be an active part of making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.
For More Information The Recreate Responsibly Coalition is an active coalition of more than 1,000 businesses, agencies, nonprofits, and influential voices who are working together to help everyone experience the benefits of nature. Born out of a desire to see people enjoy the outdoors safely at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Recreate Responsibly’s diverse community has grown into a collaborative hub to share common sense guidance about getting outside responsibly during this public health crisis and beyond. Visit https://www.recreateresponsibly.org/ for more information.