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Leave No Trace

Environmentally friendly camping and hiking

Do you enjoy a lonely spot in the forest with nothing but the sound of birds to keep you company?
Have you ever sought a quiet clean camping spot with no trace of man in site?
Low Impact camping is the only way to go! Read on to learn how to camp with little impact on wildlife, nature, and your fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

One of the biggest impacts on our National Parks and Forests is overuse.
The land cannot survive masses of people. Many parks do not enforce population control and the land really suffers from this abuse.

What can you do?

  • Choose to camp and hike in the off-season. For information on the best time of year to camp click here.
  • Camp during the weekdays when the parks are less crowded.
  • Camp in small groups. The more people in your party, the more impact you will have on the land.
  • If backpacking, try to stay only one night at each camp site.

Another major problem in parks today is pollution.
Noise pollution, litter, graffiti, and smog are making our parks less enjoyable for everyone.

What can you do?

  • Don't litter or pollute.

  • Before you throw away the plastic rings that hold your six pack together, cut the rings. If the trash can is spilled after you leave, wildlife can get their feet trapped in the rings and cause death.

    • Some people pollute without realising what they do is a problem. Come here to learn what you may be doing wrong.

  • Follow park rules and use common courtesy. Some basic park rules and suggestions can be found here.
  • Enjoy your park on foot or use public transportation. The less pollution you make, the better!
  • Report any signs of vandalism or theft to your park Ranger.

Lack of preparation can cause a great deal of damage.
You don't think so?
Poor planning can lead to being lost. What could tear up a forest more than a 200 person search party or a major wildfire?

What can you do?

  • Plan your trip and share your itinerary with a friend. If you don't get home on time rescuers will know where to look for you.
  • Pack well - bring what you need to be comfortable and safe. Click here for a packing list.
  • Learn about the area you will be travelling before your trip. This may prevent a few nasty surprises!

    Are you a low impact camper? Why not find out! Come take the
    Low-Impact Camping Test!

    Look for more information here soon!