Be Aware of the Footprint You Leave

     It is time for all of us to do our part in leaving our forest lands and campgrounds healthy and free of trash. This pertains to all of the national forest.
     Annually families and friends check their calendars and plan to gear up and go camping. In doing this, we pack the must haves for our trip; food, water, camping equipment, maps, electronics, etc. One item that is commonly overlooked in our mad dash to hit the road are trash and recycle bags.
     A simple over looked item yet, it causes hundreds of man hours and thousands of dollars each year in clean up.
     At Camp Edison we are making every attempt to reduce the amount of trash that is left by providing more trash and recycle cans, easier access, and educating guests with handouts and signage. We have heightened our awareness on the importance of recycling. Several reasons exist as to why we should promote recycling.
     Recycling helps us to convert our old products into new useful products. Since we are saving resources and are sending less trash to the landfills it helps in reducing air and water pollution. In other words, it’s good for the environment. Reasons to keep recycling and not litter:
1. Protects Wildlife: Using recycled materials reduces damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.
2. Good for our Economy: U.S. companies rely on recycling programs to provide raw material they need to make new products.
3. Reduces water pollution: Making goods from
recycled materials generates far less pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.
4. Reduces waste: The average American discards seven pounds of garbage every day. Most of this goes into landfills.
5. Litter lasts a long time: orange peels--two years, plastic bags--10-20 years, tin cans--50 years, aluminum cans--80-100 years, glass bottles--1 million years, plastic bottles--Indefinitely.
     So next time you come up to Shaver whether you are enjoying the beautiful lake, heading to the ski resort, or just recreating for the day please help us keep our local mountains clean and safe.
     Did you know that guests staying at Camp Edison will be provided trash and recycle bags during their stay? Pack up the family, bring the dogs, and come visit us today--make your online reservation at
     Adopt a Cove Program
     Join the Adopt a Cove Program. Donate your time to maintain a portion of the shoreline on Shaver Lake.
     Individuals or groups interested in adopting a section of shoreline at Shaver Lake, must be willing to perform at least a combined 80 hours of service during a one year commitment. Projects that you are likely to encounter during your year of adoption include: collection and removal of trash, removal of illegal campfire rings, and driftwood cleanup/pile for burning.
    In appreciation of your efforts, The section of shoreline you adopt will have a sign with your group’s name on it.

Fly fishing on the San Joaquin River in the Kaiser Wilderness.

The Health Benefits of Camping

     Camping can promote overall health and wellness, giving people time to relax and forget about the stresses of life while enjoying family and friends.
     You know hiking is good for your health. But do you know just how good it is? If you are heading out for a hike during your vacation take in all the beauty you will see, the sounds nature can offer, and all the health benefits of your walk.
     For adults and kids, regular aerobic exercise such as hiking leads to: • Improved cardio-respiratory fitness (heart, lungs, blood vessels)
• Improved muscular fitness
• Lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
• Lower risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
• Lower risk of high cholesterol and triglycerides
• Reduced depression and better quality sleep
• Weight control; hiking burns up 370 calories an
hour (154-lb person)
     Hiking can also begin a great family tradition that will create a family that has fun together along with teaching the kids a healthy lifestyle that will stay with them through their life.
     So leave your electronics in their cases. Let your eyes rest from the blue light they emit. Take a hike and open up your lungs with deep breaths which will release your stress.