The Seven Leave No Trace Principles

Posted: March 02, 2018 | Author: Kevin Koontz | Read Time: 1 minutes

Students in canyonThe Leave No Trace program is founded on seven principles. They help all enjoy the natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. These principles can be implemented from a backyard to backcountry.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Be prepared, avoid high use times, travel in smaller groups
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies
  • Know the area and plan accordingly, repackage food

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Use established trails and campsites; rock, gravel, grasses, and snow
  • Camp 200 feet from lakes and streams
  • Do not alter sites, stay on trail, avoid fresh vegetation

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out; grab everything including perishables
  • Deposit human waste in holes 6" deep, 200' from water; disguise
  • Clean yourself and dishes 200' from water using biodegradable soap

Leave What You Find

  • Preserve the past, look but do not touch or keep
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches
  • Leave rocks, plants, flowers, and other natural objects

Minimize Campfire Impact

  • Campfires cause lasting impact; use stoves, lantern, or headlamps
  • Use fire pans where fires permitted, keep them small
  • Burn completely to ash, scatter cool ashes

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance, avoid during sensitive times
  • Never feed wildlife, store your food securely
  • Control your own pets at all times, never follow or approach wildlife

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Be courteous, protect quality of their experience
  • Yield to other users on trail, camp away from trails and others
  • Let nature's sounds prevail, avoid loud voices, music, and noises

Visit SUU Outdoors or contact the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC) for more information.

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