Principles of Leave No Trace


Principles-of-Leave-No-TraceAs growing numbers of people seek the beauty and exhilaration of outdoor recreation, our collective mark on the environment and natural ecosystems becomes more apparent-and more damaging. Water pollution, litter and disturbance to vegetation, wildlife and other visitors are indicators of the need to develop a national ethic that protects wild and scenic areas. Techniques designed to minimize these impacts are incorporated into the national Leave No Trace education program as the following Leave No Trace Principles:

Principles of Leave No Trace

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Camp and Travel on Durable Surfaces
  • Pack It In, Pack It Out
  • Properly Dispose of What You Can’t Pack Out
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Use and Impact of Fires

These principles are a guide to minimum impact camping in the Northeast’s mountains and forests. Visitors to the region’s lakes, rivers, seacoasts and winter environments may learn from other guides produced in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics series.