Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find…
People come to wildlands to enjoy them in their natural state. Allow others the same sense of discovery by leaving plants, rocks, historic, cultural and archaeological artifacts as you find them. We all have a responsibility to anticipate and reduce our social impact upon others and to be considerate towards the wildland environment and its animal inhabitants.
Minimize site alterations. Consider the idea that good campsites are found and not made. Leave the area in as good or even a more natural condition than you found it. Do not construct lean-tos, tables, chairs or other rudimentary improvements. If these sorts of amenities are desired, carry a lightweight camp chair or plan your overnight stays at sites with tent plat forms, shelters or huts. If you find excessive or inappropriate fire rings, log benches or tables, etc. in campsites, it is generally appropriate to clean up and/or dismantle them. If in doubt, consult the managing agency or landowner before acting.
Historical and archeological sites:
Remnants of the past can be found on national, state, and private lands. Enjoy and learn from these sites, but remember that some of these are sacred to Native Americans, or are important cultural reminders of our heritage. Respect these sites and treasures. Help pre serve the past for the future: do not disturb historical and archeological sites or remove any objects from them. This is prohibited by federal law. Do not camp in or near these special features as this can disturb valuable information that can never be reclaimed.
Protecting wildlife and plants:
Good hunters and naturalists learn by quiet observation. They do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.” Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. If you’re hunting, know your game and take only safe, good shots.