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The 7 principles to preserving the Great Outdoors Summarized by Cierra Simmons
PLAN: Know rules and concerns of the area Schedule beforehand to avoid crowds Take small groups or divide large onesPREPARE Anticipate extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies Repackage food to minimize space used Use a map/compass to eliminate markings left behind
-Make sure to travel and camp on durable surfaces Established trails, campsites, rock or gravel, dry grasses, or snow.-Protect wildlife habitats Camp at least 200 feet from lakes and streams or other habitats-Find your campsite…no need to make a new one or alter the old-In popular areas Use only existing trails and campsites and take care of them. Keep campsites small and as close to original state as possible.-In pristine areas Don’t create new campsites or trails and avoid newly impacted areas
Leave it how you found it Whatever you brought, you take back.Dig a ‘cathole’ for any human waste but pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.For any washing on your trip carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes. Use small amounts of biodegradable soap and spread used water out.
Preserve natural, cultural, and historic structures and artifacts. Leave everything as you find it. Avoid introducing/transporting non- native species Do not build or add any features to the land
Campfires cause lasting effects to nature so: Use a [lightweight] stove for cooking and candle for light. Where fires are allowed, use existing fire rings, fire pans, or mound fire. Keep fires small and use sticks that are already on the ground. Burn wood completely and make sure fire is out.
Respect other visitors Protect the quality of their experience as well as your own Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitorsBe courteous Yield to others on trailTake downhill side when passing pack stockLet nature sound like…nature Avoid loud voices and noises
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