Magazine article American Forests

Leave No Trace

Magazine article American Forests

Leave No Trace

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Camping is a chance to get off the concrete, feel the mud between your toes and un-civilize for a spell. Embrace that. When I enter forests, I feel like a guest of that environment, honored with the opportunity to visit wild nature. With this perspective, it's easy to move lightly on the land and respect all of its elements. The guidelines of Leave No Trace--principles directing outdoor enthusiasts to minimize the impact their activities leave on natural spaces--become les. a set of rules and more a way of life: existing simply, purely and naturally and leaving no trace. This attitude is more essential than any list. Still, here are a few tips for camping minimally, without leaving your mark.

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If an area is pristine when you arrive, spreading your camping footprint will help maintain that quality. For instance, walk away from camp to spit out toothpaste, preferably in an organically rich place. If you have biodegradable items like coffee grounds to discard, go into the forest and sling them in a wide swath. …

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