1 - PLAN AHEAD
To stay safe, reduce stress and make the most of your visit:
• Know the rules, regulations and special concerns for the area you visit.
• Prepare for extreme weather, tides, currents, hazards and emergencies.
• Check weather reports.
• Schedule your trip to avoid ties of high visitor use.
• Read books and maps, check online and talk to people before you go.
The more you know about the area, the more fun you'll have!
2 - STICK TO TRAILS AND CAMP OVERNIGHT RIGHT
To protect fragile areas such as rocky outcrops with lichens, moss and plants; shoreline and tidepool areas, and native prairies; and respect private property:
• Walk and ride in the middle of designated trails.
• Do not create trails or trample undeveloped areas
• Camp only in designated campsites.
3 - TRASH YOUR TRASH AND PICK UP POOP
Human waste and garbage can be harmful to plants and animals, visitors, and the marine environment. To protect wildlife, human health ad keep water clean:
• Pack it in, Pack it out. Put litter - eve crumbs, peels and cores - in bags and dispose of in garbage cans.
• Plan ahead and use toilets.
• If toilets are not available, bury human waste in a small hole 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet or 70 big steps from water. Pack out toilet paper in ziplock bags ad dispose of it in a garbage can.
• Use a plastic bag to pack out your pet's poop to a garbage can.
• Do not put soap, food, human or pet waste in the Salish Sea, lakes or streams.
4 - LEAVE IT AS YOU FIND IT
To allow others to enjoy the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands and keep visitors safe:
• Leave plants, rocks and historical items as you find them so others can enjoy the.
• Treat living plants with respect. Carving, hacking or peeling plants may kill them.
• Avoid introducing or transporting non-native plants and animals.
• Do not build driftwood forts, furniture, or dig trenches.
5 - BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE
To keep your fire from harming plants, animals or other visitors:
• Use a camp stove for cooking. Stoves are easier to cook on and create less impact than a fire.
• Do not build fires on the beach.
• Use only existing fire rings and keep your fire small.
• Burn all wood to ash and be sure the fire is completely out and cold before you leave.
• Pack out all trash and food. A fire is not a garbage can.
• Purchase firewood from a local vendor or gather on-site if allowed. Bringing firewood from home can harbor tree-killing insects and diseases.
6 - KEEP WILDLIFE WILD
Stressing or feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. To keep wildlife healthy
• Observe wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed or follow them.
• Learn and follow the Be Wild Wise guidelines for boating around marine mammals.
• Protect wildlife and your food by securely storing your meals and trash.
• Control pets at all times or leave them at home.
• Know and follow leash rules and pet prohibitions for the area you are visiting.
• Give wildlife extra space during sensitive times (e.g., mating nesting, raising young, or winter.)
7 - BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS
To increase the enjoyment of the outdoors for all visitors and wildlife:
• Keep your pet under control to protect it, other visitors, and wildlife.
• Yield to other users on the trail.
• Leave generous space between you and other visitors.
• Avoid making loud noises or yelling. You will also see more wildlife if you are quiet.
THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING THE 7 LEAVE NO TRACE PRINCIPLES!