Ever wonder why it’s so important to stay on designated hiking trails when visiting parks? It’s simple: Soil compaction has a major impact on the environment. When thousands of people step on the same soil, it compresses the soil and reduces space in between particles. Un-compacted soil is living soil, where microbes thrive and water and nutrients are held for plants. The less compacted the soil, the healthier the environment. So sticking to a trail path helps preserve the biodiversity of whatever park you’re visiting.
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