Outdoor Safety & Ethics

A packstring of horse coming out a mountain trail in a snowstorm on Freezeout SaddleOutdoor Safety

The best way to fully enjoy your trip on the Forest is to come prepared, have the right equipment and think safety. In backcountry areas, visitors face inherent risks of weather conditions, isolation, physical hazards, encounters with animals and lack of communications.

Please understand that search and rescue operations may not be as rapid as in an urban setting. As a forest visitor, you have a significant responsibility for your personal safety during any activity you pursue. To learn more about Outdoor Safety follow the Quick Links on the right column --->  

Outdoor Ethics

As with outdoor safety, backcountry ethics or how you recreate and use the forest determine how it will be left for the next visitor. Whether you are a seasoned wilderness hiker or a first time visitor to a campground, please respect other users and use minimum impact techniques. With increasing demands on our wilderness, backcountry and developed recreation sites, it is up to all of us to keep these areas in good condition for the next visitor as well as the next generation.

Check the Quick Links on the right column for suggestions on how to enjoy your time and still have minimal impacts to your favorite area.-->
 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/wallowa-whitman/learning/safety-ethics