Leave No Trace is an organization that is dedicated to the idea of leaving Nature in the condition in which you found it. “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time” is a quote that perfectly reflects the ideals of LNT. It’s meaning is that you should enjoy Nature, and do nothing to harm it so that those that come after you can experience it too.
Leave No Trace Seven Principles
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- “Know before you go!” Learn everything you can about the area you plan to visit and the regulations for its use.
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Use established campsites and trails, where available. Avoid sites just beginning to show impacts. Keep camps small and at least 200 feet from water, occupied campsites and trails.
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- “Pack it in, pack it out!” Bury human waste in a cat-hole 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water. Wash yourself and your dishes at least 200 feet from water.
- Leave What You Find
- Do not damage, deface, or remove natural objects or cultural artifacts. Leave them for others to enjoy. Don’t build structures, dig trenches, or alter natural features.
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Use a lightweight stove instead of a fire. If you build a fire, use only small dead wood found on the ground and use existing fire rings.
- Respect Wildlife
- Watch wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed, or follow it. Seal food tightly and store it out of reach. Control pets at all times or consider leaving them at home.
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
- Don’t disturb others. Preserve the natural quiet. When you meet horses on the trail, step off the downhill side and speak softly as they pass.