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Leave No Trace

Minimizing impact on the Wilderness

The leave no trace program establishes a nationwide code of outdoor ethics to shape a sustainable future for wild lands. Originating in the 1970’s with the United States Forest Service, LNT was developed to help recreationists minimize their impacts while enjoying the outdoors. In 1991, the US Forest Service teamed with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Bureau of Land Management as partners in the “Leave No Trace” program.

The seven principals of LNT are:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

For more information about, or to become a master of “Leave No Trace” • Call: 1-800-332-4100 • Go online to: www.lnt.org