Plan ahead and prepare.
Proper trip planning and preparation helps
hikers and campers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably while minimizing
damage to natural and cultural resources. Campers who plan ahead can avoid unexpected
situations and minimize their impact by complying with area regulations such as
observing limitations on group size.
Camp and travel on durable surfaces.
Damage to land occurs when visitors trample
vegetation or communities of organisms beyond recovery. The resulting barren
areas develop into undesirable trails, campsites, and soil erosion.
Pack it in. Pack it out.
This simple yet effective saying motivates
backcountry visitors to take their trash home with them. It makes sense to
carry out of the backcountry the extra materials taken there by your group or
others. Minimize the need to pack out food scraps by carefully planning meals.
Accept the challenge of packing out everything you bring.
Leave what you find.
Allow others a sense of discovery: Leave
rocks, plants, animals, archaeological artifacts, and other objects as you find
them. It may be illegal to remove artifacts.
Minimize campfire use.
Some people would not think of camping
without a campfire. Yet the naturalness of many areas has been degraded by the
overuse of fires and increasing demand for firewood.
Quick movements and loud noises are
stressful to animals. Considerate campers observe wildlife from afar, give
animals a wide berth, store food securely, and keep garbage and food scraps
away from animals. Help keep wildlife wild.
Thoughtful campers travel and camp in small
groups, keep the noise down, select campsites away from other groups, always
travel and camp quietly, wear clothing and use gear that blends with the
environment, respect private property, leave gates (open or closed) as found.
Be considerate of other campers and respect their privacy.