Outdoor Safety and Ethics

Leave No Trace | Fire Safety | Know Before You Go | Respect Wildlife | Ten Essentials

It is everyone’s responsibility to be good stewards of your public lands and to take steps to minimize the chances of becoming lost or injured. Learn how to help protect the natural environment, ensure your health and safety, and to promote a pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreation experience for all.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace GraphicDo you know the seven principles of Leave No Trace? Leave No Trace provides an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors.

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Learn more at lnt.org.

Fire Safety

Research fire restrictions on campfires, generators, and firewood cutting ahead of time. If you are allowed to have a campfire, never leave it unattended, even for a moment. Be certain your fire is completely out and cold to the touch when you leave. Abandoned campfires cause forest fires.

Remember, only YOU can prevent forest fires.

Campfire safety graphic - Make sure your fire is dead out!

Know Before You Go

Your national forests provide a natural arena for a wide variety of fun and exciting outdoor activities. To get the most out of your experience, learn as much as you can about the area you plan to visit ahead of time.

Learn more Know Before You Go tips from the Forest Service.

Respect Wildlife

We share the outdoors with a variety of animals who make the forest home. Remember, these are not pets. Keep a safe distance from them and be careful not to disturb their habitat. Never approach, touch, or feed wild animals.

Carry the Ten Essentials

It’s recommended to carry the Ten Essentials whenever exploring the backcountry or Wilderness.

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