Leave No Trace has created seven Principles that can help us
enjoy the outdoors while showing respect and appreciation for their
The Leave No Trace Principles:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Leave No Trace Ethics
Hopefully, most people
are aware enough to know that these ethics are easily attained if
one uses common sense. Ignorance must not be tolerated!
- Walking -
- Stay on the trails when possible and avoid the shortcuts
between switchbacks. Taking them erodes the trail sides and local
vegetation. Walk carefully through meadows. (if you "have" to go
through one ) Place feet on solid ground or rock whenever possible.
Watch where you are going and pay attention at all times. If horses
are encountered on the trail they do have the right of way. Don't
scare them with loud sudden movements.
- Camp fires -
- Nope, (Unless fires are allowed where you are traveling.) Only
in extreme emergency. There are not very many pristine areas left
in the Wilderness or forests where fires are permitted. It's not so
much the fire danger that is the problem, but the impact on the
land and the affect on the local habitat. It is up to you to know
what is allowable in the area where you will be traveling. If you
must build a fire use an appropriate camp fire ring. Use only
downed deadwood. Completely extinguish with plenty of water, don't
leave it until you are sure it is all the way out ! Bring some
extra clothing for warmth.
- Camping -
- Choose a site that is at least 100 ft. from any water or
trails, unless the only alternative is an established pre-existing
site. No digging water trenches (rain) pick an appropriate site.
- Garbage -
- Pack it in, Pack it out, Pick it up if you see it !!
- Cleaning -
- Soaps & foods can change water chemistry and damage the
life dependent upon it. Wash away from the water and camp, using
- When nature calls -
- Dig a hole 6 - 12 inches deep, 200 feet from any water, camp,
or trail. Bury it! No flags!
- Courtesy -
- Travel in such a manner as to not be noticed. Keep your group
small and unobtrusive. Most of us seek the quiet and simplistic
qualities of nature.
If we can all adhere to these principles the Wilderness lands
will always be there for the next generations to enjoy.
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