The toilet trash condition of our wildlands

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Kathleen Meyer

Jun 29, 2021, 12:10:44 AM6/29/21
Hi Everyone!

A couple heads-up:

I’m receiving a load of reports. All manner of our precious wild places—mountain trails, backcountry campsites, lakesides, river banks—are under assault by an inordinate amount of toilet trash. Blights of blowing baby wipes, half-buried toilet paper, and raw piles of poop, all befouling landscapes, arrived in parallel to the rising throngs of unanticipated suddenly adventurous folks in search of escapes from Covid. Newbies, out discovering the magnificence of Nature and its unbeatable fresh air, are unschooled in the basics of outback etiquette and sanitation protocol.

One answer, easier and faster and wiser than assembling a massive potty patrol, is a little ”wild” promotion of the new edition of my guidebook—thoroughly revised, with a Foreword by renowned author and climate activist Bill McKibben.

I’m thus beseeching all of you (particularly in the northern hemisphere, where we’ve just rolled into summer) to phone your local independent book and outdoor store to share this growing problem and inquire as to whether they’re carrying/showcasing! this bestselling guidebook: How to Shit in the Woods. And if not, would they please!

I’m also chasing a western hemisphere publisher for a Spanish translation, with distribution in Latin American countries. (There is a Spanish edition, which never gets out of Spain.) Would love to hear of any connections.

Recent endorsement of the 4th edition:
”Kathleen Meyer is a treasure: In these days of disappearing wilderness and an unlivable hot earth, I can’t imagine a more trusted guide for the woods and wild.”
—Doug Peacock, world’s most tenacious protector of grizzly bears, author of Walking it Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle or War and Wilderness

Stay safe and sane in this unsettling world.

Ever for the wild and Mother Earth,

Kathleen Meyer
Phone: 406-642-3675

Outdoor Guide, 4th edition: How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
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