Leave No Trace in the Adirondack Forest Preserve

How to be a Low-impact Ninja in the Woods

PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE

TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES

DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY

  • Use pit privies provided near popular camping areas and trailheads. If none are available, dispose of human waste by digging a hole 6″-8″ deep at least 150 feet from water or campsites. Cover with leaves and soil. (video)
  • Do not use soap to wash yourself, clothing or dishes within 150 ft of water.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
Carry it in, carry it out

LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND

MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS

RESPECT WILDLIFE

BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS

Taking it another step

  • Practice, demonstrate, and share the things you have learned.
  • Embrace minimalism, efficiency, and a low-impact lifestyle
  • Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose whenever possible
  • Consider the larger impact of food, equipment, and clothing choices
  • Minimize waste, Reduce energy consumption
  • Contribute to conserving and restoring the places you love

More Resources

Leave No Trace – Wikipedia
The Leave No Trace Seven Principles
Ethics & Low Impact Camping
Negative Trace – Going Beyond Leave No Trace
NYSDEC Hiking, Camping and Paddling Resources