Outdoor Safety & Ethics

We want you to have a fun and memorable experience when you visit the forest, so please be prepared. Knowing forest regulations and how to recreate safety is a smart way to play.


Know Before You Go

Check out this variety of  tip sheets  

Groom Your Animals

Sign with photos and text providing information on grooming animals to prevent noxious weed spread.

Poster - Groom your animals before and after entering public land at designated sites.  This will consolidate the area infested by noxious weeds spread by recreational activities.

Be Bear Aware

Image of the Be Bear Aware poster

Poster - "Be Bear Aware. ...avoid surprising bears. ...use proper food storage. ...keep a clean camp." Poster displays images of black bears and grizzly bears and how to tell the difference.

Pack it in - Pack it out

Image of the Pack it in - pack it out poster

Poster - "Pack it in...pack it out. Leave your camp clean!! Pack out whatever isn't natural to the environment such as toilet paper and hygiene products. Deposit solid human waste in cat holes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails."

Tread Lightly/Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly/Leave No Trace poster

Poster - "Tread Lightly: Travel only on trails or other legal areas. Respect animals, plants and people. Every time you go outdoors, think safety, bring a friend and be prepared. Always leave the outdoors better than you found it. Discover how fun the outdoors can be when you Tread Lightly!" and "Leave No Trace: Respect wildlife. Plan ahead and prepare. Dispose of waste properly. Leave what you find. Be considerate of others. Minimize campfire impacts. Travel and camp on durable survaces."


Quick Tips for Responsible ATV Riding

Check out this list of ways to ride responsibly and safely.

Water Safety

Water and winter recreation require a different set of safety skills. Here are some reminders...