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Many of us have taken a pine cone or rock, which renders the land barren; veered off the trail to dodge mud puddles, which widens trails; gotten too close to wildlife, which can cause an animal to attack; or tossed an apple core into the woods, which causes animals to gravitate around roads. For every cause, there is an effect. While these actions may seem harmless at the time, they have a damaging cumulative affect as more and more visitors engage in this behavior.
Leave No Trace is not a set of rules or regulations. Rather, it is first and foremost an attitude and an ethic. Leave No Trace is about respecting and caring for wildlands, doing your part to protect our natural/cultural resources. Below, are the seven principles that make up this important ethic.