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Leave No Trace Principles

By Kevin Koontz on March 02, 2018 in


noah-reynolds-climb.jpgThe Leave No Trace program is founded on seven principles. They help all enjoy the natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. These principles can be implemented from a backyard to backcountry.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Be prepared, avoid high use times, travel in smaller groups

Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies

Know the area and plan accordingly, repackage food




Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Use established trails and campsites; rock, gravel, grasses, and snow

Camp 200 feet from lakes and streams

Do not alter sites, stay on trail, avoid fresh vegetation

Dispose of Waste Properly

Pack it in, pack it out; grab everything including perishables

Deposit human waste in holes 6" deep, 200' from water; disguise

Clean yourself and dishes 200' from water using biodegradable soap

Leave What You Find

Preserve the past, look but do not touch or keep

Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches

Leave rocks, plants, flowers, and other natural objects

Minimize Campfire Impact

Campfires cause lasting impact; use stoves, lantern, or headlamps

Use fire pans where fires permitted, keep them small

Burn completely to ash, scatter cool ashes

Respect Wildlife

Observe wildlife from a distance, avoid during sensitive times

Never feed wildlife, store your food securely

Control your own pets at all times, never follow or approach wildlife

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Be courteous, protect quality of their experience

Yield to other users on trail, camp away from trails and others

Let nature's sounds prevail, avoid loud voices, music, and noises


Visit SUU Outdoors or contact the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC) for more information.


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