Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace
(L N T)
Principles
 
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Concentrate use in resistant areas
  • Avoid places where impact is just beginning
  • Pack it in, pack it out
  • Properly dispose of what you can’t pack out
  • Leave what you find
  • Use fire responsibly

Although travel in the backcountry is part of our national heritage, it is
not something we can afford to take for granted. We have to learn
and practice good stewardship or we risk losing the beauty and solitude
we travel so far to experience. The Leave No Trace program
teaches practical conservation techniques designed to minimize the
“impact” of visitors on the wilderness environment. “Impact” refers to
changes visitors create in the backcountry, such as trampling of
fragile vegetation or pollution of water sources. The term may also
refer to social impacts – behavior that diminishes the wilderness
experience of other visitors. Effective minimum/mpact practices are
incorporated into the national Leave No Trace education program as
the Leave No Trace Principles listed above, and are described in
more detail in the Backcountry Horse Use Skills and Ethics Booklet
published by the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington.