The final Leave No Trace principle, be considerate of other visitors, is a culmination of all six previous LNT guidelines. While the other principles have a more environmental focus, they help ensure future visitors can experience the same level of unspoiled nature.
When we share the outdoors , our actions can actively enhance or diminish the experience of others. When we practice all seven principles, we are more likely to have a positive experience. This list has a few examples but does not capture all the ways we can be respectful of others:
- If you listen to music, use headphones
- Keep group sizes small to limit noise and trail congestion
- Be respectful of the noise level at camp
- Step off trail for those coming uphill or groups needing more assistance
- Leave artifacts for other visitors to enjoy
- Camp 200 feet away from water sources
- Keep all pets on leash
- Do not litter and pick up any litter you find
- Follow all site regulations and restrictions
Wisconsin and Minnesota have a roughly 18 million acres of public land. These lands are open to all citizens and are managed for a range of recreational activities. It is important to remember that each person who finds solace in nature may do it differently. Building a diverse community in which all members love the outdoors is the best way to protect it. Do your part by offering a simple hello or smile and remember to share the trail.
We hope you enjoyed seven days of Leave No Trace in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. If you would like activity ideas head to our Facebook page for the LNT challenges; it is never too late to practice Leave No Trace.