Leave No Trace
The mission of the Leave
No Trace (LNT) program is to promote and inspire responsible outdoor
recreation through education, research, and partnerships.
The program is managed by LNT Inc.,
a non-profit organization located in Boulder, Colorado. LNT Inc. oversees
memberships, marketing, fundraising and program development efforts.
Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) maintains the educational component
of Leave No Trace by offering LNT educational courses, developing
educational materials and supporting the efforts of course graduates
who teach LNT to the public. The Appalachian
Mountain Club also offers Leave No Trace educational courses.
The Leave No Trace message is more
than a campaign for clean campsites. It's a program dedicated to building
awareness, appreciation, and most of all, respect for our public recreation
places. LNT is about enjoying the great outdoors while traveling and
camping with care.
No Trace, Inc.
P.O. Box 997
Boulder, CO 80306
Principles of Leave No Trace
The LNT Principles of outdoor ethics form the framework
of LNT's message:
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Dispose of Waste Properly
Leave What You Find
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Know the regulations and special concerns for
the area you'll visit.
Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
Visit in small groups.
Split larger parties into groups of 4-6.
Repackage food to minimize waste.
Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of
marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.