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Leave No Trace: Minimum Impact Outdoor Recreation by Will Harmon

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By Will Harmon

As americans proceed to recreate in list numbers, studying leave-no-trace ideas turns into more and more very important. First built by way of the USDA wooded area provider, those concepts at the moment are being followed through outdoors agencies around the nation. Ranging shape commonsense practices to extra severe moral concerns, those no-trace innovations support safeguard out fragile assets for generations to come back.

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Also, carry a good tent, rain gear, and extra clothes to avert the need for an emergency campfire. To be as inconspicuous as possible, choose muted, earth-tone colors for your clothes, tent, and backpack (but wear blaze orange for safety during hunting season). Draw up a checklist of essential items for backcountry travel and refer to it before packing for each trip. Leaving no trace doesn't require any special tools, but two items do come in handy: a small trowel for digging cat holes and a few plastic bags for packing out garbage.

With your fingers, crush any remaining chunks into powder. 6. Disperse ashes by sprinkling over a wide area well away from camp and water sources. 7. Mound fire: return mound of mineral soil to the hole it came from. Sprinkle rock or ground surface with water to rinse away remaining ashes or dirt. Pit fire: backfill pit and replace sod lid. Tamp disturbed soil lightly into place. Sprinkle water over area to replenish plant and soil moisture. Camouflage site by sweeping duff and pine needles or leaves over soil.

Park managers are mandated to protect the land and preserve the public's opportunity for a wilderness experience. They responded to the overall increase in backcountry use and resultant Page 10 damage by requiring permits for overnight stays. They also restricted camping to certain zones, mostly below timberline. Eventually, open fires were also prohibited in the Teton backcountry. Today a no-camping buffer surrounds Lake Solitude, limiting use to day visits from the trailhead or from basecamps elsewhere along the trail.

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