Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Forest Safety

Take personal responsibility for yourself and think SAFETY! In backcountry areas, visitors face inherent risks of weather conditions, isolation, physical hazards, and lack of communications. Please understand that search and rescue operations may not be as rapid as in an urban setting. As a user of National Forest System Lands, you have a significant responsibility for your personal safety during any activity you pursue. Contact the district where you're going for local hazards/considerations.

Check the quick links on the right for more recreational safety information, such as what to carry in the woods, emergency procedures, and just some common sense tips to keep you safe! -->

Backcountry Ethics

The very qualities that make our forests and grassland special are jeopardized by their popularity. Increasing demands on our wilderness and non-wilderness areas have caused physical, biological and social impacts on your resources. Please leave it how you’d like it left for you!