National Forest Service...Leave No Trace Policy
Your challenge is to leave no evidence of your visit so that the next person can enjoy a natural scene. Tread lightly so that nature can endure and replenish.
Below is the list of recommended No-Trace Camping procedures, please print this list out and obey all the rules, they are important and it is up to all of us to do our part to maintaining the integrity of our beautiful Forest Service.
Plan Ahead to Avoid Impact
Avoid holidays and weekends
Limit group size (6 or fewer optimum)
Repackage food to reduce containers
Take along a litter bag to carry out all refuse
Carry a stove and use foods requiring little cooking
Buy gear in subdued forest colors
Check at the Ranger Station for low-use areas
Travel to Avoid Impact
Walk single-file in center of trail
Stay on main trail even if it is wet
Never shortcut switchbacks
Look at and photograph, never pick or collect
Avoid popular areas
Never discard cigarette butts, candy or gum wrappers or any other liter
Walk softly. Don't kick up dirt and stones or trample vegetation
Make No-trace Camps and Campsites
Select a site invisible from the trail and any other camping parties
Camp at least 25 feet from natural water sources and away from "beauty spots"
Avoid using existing campsites that are obviously over-camped
Never cut standing trees and vegetation or pull up plants
Never dig hip-holes or trenches
Wear lightweight, soft-soled shoes around camp
Avoid building campfires or make only small fires in safe places
Never wash dirty dishes, clothes, or yourself directly in stream or spring
Use small amounts of biodegradable soap and dispose of waste water at least 200 feet away from water supply
Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
Stay as quiet as possible. Leave radios and tape players at home
Leave your pets at home
Pick up every trace of litter
Drown campfire and erase all evidence of it
Replace and scatter twigs and leaves cleared for a sleeping area
Pack out all garbage
Check for any evidence of your stay, it is your duty to leave no trace
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