Andy Kerr

Conservationist, Writer, Analyst, Operative, Agitator, Strategist, Tactitian, Schmoozer, Raconteur

Leave No Trace

Suggested Citation: Kerr, Andy. 2000. Oregon Desert Guide: 70 Hikes. Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. pp. 38-39.

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The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), in cooperation with the Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, promotes "Leave No Trace" (LNT) outdoor recreation. Boiled down, LNT means:

1. Plan ahead and prepare.

2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.

3. Dispose of waste properly.

4. Leave what you find.

5. Minimize campfire impacts.

6. Respect wildlife.

7. Be considerate of other visitors.

While leaving no trace is the goal, the result is minimum impact. For more information contact NOLS (telephone 800-332-4100; They have excellent and detailed recommendations on LNT skills and ethics, both for major ecosystem types and for different recreational activities.