The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics:
“The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you – the world we all enjoy. Do your part to pass our nations heritage of outdoor recreation to future generations by joining us.”
Below are some great ideas from Leave No Trace Center to remember when camping to maintain an eco-friendly environment:
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: “Durable surfaces” are already existing trails and campsites. Please try not to create new paths and campsites, which further disrupt the purity of the area.
Dispose of Waste Properly: The best way to remember this is: “pack it in, pack it out.” Please don’t leave items just because you don’t have time or know how to dispose of it. Remember that human waste should be buried 200 feet away from any body of water, and placed 6 to 8 inches in the ground.
Leave What You Find: Don’t take anything natural, including rocks and plants, from the campsite. The key is to avoid introducing or transporting non-native species to or from the site.
Minimize Campfire Impacts: Use established fire rings and a small, lightweight camping stove. It’s important to burn your fire down to ash, and then put out the fire completely; scatter cool ashes when possible.
Respect Wildlife: Don’t approach or follow a wild animal and never feed them. This is not only good practice for the environment, but your safety as well.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors: Respect campers around you, and yield to them on the trail. Keep loud noises to a minimum so that others can enjoy the serenity of their natural surroundings.
For more in-depth information about the Leave No Trace Principles please follow this link: Leave No Trace Principles
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