• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

Leave No Trace


Leave No Trace Fosters a Cooperative Spirit of Stewardship.


What is Leave No Trace?
Leave No Trace (LNT) is taking personal responsibility to respect and care for our limited wildland resources and the experiences of other outdoor enthusiasts.

Leave No Trace challenges you to “…conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” (National Park Service Mission)

Leave them unimpaired = Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is also a universal education message and a national program led by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and adopted by the four federal land management agencies, many state and municipal agencies, and private nonprofit organizations.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Fire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate.

Leave No Trace is the common denominator that leads us all towards the common goal of enjoying the outdoors responsibly.

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