The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard. They are well established and widely known, but they are not static. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics continually examines, evaluates and reshapes the Principles. The Center’s Education Department conducts research — including publishing scholarly articles in independent journals — to ensure that the Principles are up to date with the latest insights from biologists, land managers and other leaders in outdoor education.
The Seven Principles are…
Principle 1: Plan Ahead and Prepare
Principle 2: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Principle 3: Dispose of Waste Properly
Principle 4: Leave What You Find
Principle 5: Minimize Campfire Impacts
Principle 6: Respect Wildlife
Principle 7: Be Considerate of Other Visitors
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