Today I am looking more closely at the Leave No Trace Program. I have always thought that the program was a single directive, “take out what you brought in.” Gail Bable, Ohio State University certified Naturalist and Beaver Creek State Park Camp Host is with me today to talk about the seven principles of the program which was formally adopted by the National Forest Service in the mid 1980’s. In addition to these principles the program covers education, training, conservation efforts and research and outreach. A Boulder, Colorado based staff carries out the programs missions and educational workshops.

The Seven Leave No Trace Principles

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire.)
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Follow campground rules for disposing of garbage.


Planning ahead means knowing the weather forecast and being prepared.

Travel and camp on durable surfaces means parking on designated sites and not hiking off the trails.

Never move a campfire ring to a more desirable location.

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