Leave No Trace What is the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics?

The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through relevant and targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. In its simplest form, Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you - the world we all enjoy." Source - Leave No Trace Website


How is Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Affiliated with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics?

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) is committed to the principals of Leave No Trace and is proud to have an official partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Additionally, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group sponsors a member of our leadership team to earn and maintain certification as a Master level Leave No Trace Educator. Leave No Trace princples are included in our hike leader certification course. Additionaly, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers free and/or low cost Leave No Trace educational courses throughout the year to our members and awareness seminars as a service to the general pubic.


What Are the Principles of the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics? The seven principles of the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics are: Plan ahead and prepare as much as possible. When you don't have the facts about where you are going or what to expect, you're more likely to cause or run into problems in the backcountry. Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Stay on the trail and don't cut switchbacks. Dispose of waste properly. Bury or pack out excrement. Pack out all trash and food waste, including that left behind by others. Do not bury trash or food, and do not try to burn packaging materials in campfires. Leave what you find. Don't take flowers or other sensitive natural resources. Don't disturb historical artifacts such as cellar holes and arrowheads. Minimize campfire impacts. Know local regulations, which may prohibit fires. Respect wildlife. Don't feed or disturb wildlife. Store foods properly to avoid attracting bears and rodents. Be considerate of others on the trail.


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