As the lead federal agency in natural resource conservation, the U.S. Forest Service manages the 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands, providing us with the best spots to hike, camp, hammock and relax. They also deal with an eclectic bunch of backpackers, campers and visitors on a daily basis. These are actual remarks written on US Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by backpackers returning from wilderness trips: “Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill.” “Need more signs to keep area pristine.” “A McDonald’s would be nice at the trail head.” “Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the area of these pests.” “The places where trails do not exist are not well marked.” “Ban walking sticks in wilderness. Hikers that use walking sticks are more likely to chase animals.” “The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals.” “Reflectors need to be placed on trees every 50 feet so people can hike at night with flashlights.” “A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get...

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