Good practices in the natural environment

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Some simple actions to preserve nature

The right thing to do during winter activities

Wild animals can only withstand the harshness of winter in the mountains by saving their energy reserves. By learning more about wildlife, you can avoid unnecessary disturbance and capture the secrets of nature.

To protect themselves, the alpine fauna takes shelter in the forest (chamois, deer) or in igloos (black grouse and ptarmigan).When we ski tour or snowshoe, we "enter" their living space.
If we get too close, their only reflex is to flee. This flight causes an unnecessary expenditure of energy. Repeated disturbances weaken the wild animals.

The more wooded the area is (forest edge and forest), the more likely we are to encounter wild animals.

We need to reduce our need for space, by not multiplying the tracks and staying on the trails.
If you meet an animal, stop and let it go away quietly.
Above the tree line, animals are rarer so I can move more freely.

The right thing to do during summer activities

To enjoy and admire the nature that surrounds us for a long time to come:

- Don't throw your rubbish in the nature
- Stay on the main trail and don't use shortcuts
- Find out about the regulations of the nature reserves
- Respect the rules of bivouacking: basic camping (with or without a tent) + one night only + set up at sunset and dismantle at sunrise. In Haute-Savoie nature reserves, bivouacking is authorised from 7pm to 9am.
- Fires are not allowed (use of a stove recommended)
- The use of speakers is forbidden
- Rubbish and toilet paper must be brought down

At the lakeside :
- Do not swim or wash your dishes in the lakes
- Avoid trampling the wetlands
- Do not put water sports equipment (buoys, paddles, etc.) in the water
- Do not throw anything into the lake (stones, waste)

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