Outdoor Safety & Ethics:
Regional Ethics Overview

Safety icon - Red cross on a white backgroundThe Rocky Mountain Region manages 17 national forests and seven national grasslands throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, along with most of South Dakota and Wyoming. The Rocky Mountain Region offers many different types of world-class recreational opportunities, year-round.
The most effective way to ensure that the lands within your national forests and grasslands remain as beautiful and accessible to future generations as they are today is to reinforce strong outdoor ethics in the many groups of Forest Service lands users. There are several outstanding organizations that teach outdoor enthusiasts the importance of these outdoor ethics.
From the list below, visitors will be able to find links that can help give them additional information about how important it is for people to care for the land and help promote understanding between diverse groups when they are in a national forest or grassland:

Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics

Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics is both a set of principles and an organization that promotes those principles. The principles are designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they are in the outdoors. The organization strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts.

Stay The Trail Colorado

Stay The Trail Colorado's mission is to reinforce and highlight responsible OHV use, and to modify and mitigate irresponsible use in an effort to minimize resource damage on public land. Their goal is to create a statewide culture of responsible OHV use which will continue beyond the life of the project, effectively creating a stewardship ethic among all Colorado OHV recreational users.

Tread Lightly!®

Tread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. Tread Lightly!®’s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives, are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them.


Wilderness.net is a website that connects federal employees, scientists, educators, and the public with their wilderness heritage. Wilderness.net teaches the value of wilderness in our society and what can be done to ensure that wilderness remains a vital part of our land use policies.
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Remember...Use Forest Service Lands
In a Safe and Ethical Manner!