Wrangell-St.Elias backpacking and rafting

Leave No Trace

Responsible Use of Our Wilderness

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Why is this important? The best way to understand ‘Leave No Trace’ principles is to picture yourself hiking and camping in the wilderness. You are in a very wild and remote part of Alaska. There is no sign of human activity. Perhaps the thought crosses your mind….’I might be the first human to walk exactly right here, or in this area.’ It is just so wild and remote with no sign of human activity. That is a cool experience to have, a rewarding thought to ponder.

Regardless of whether or not you are actually the first human to explore that particular area; it is the ‘Leave No Trace’ philosophy that makes your experience so special and rewarding. Please keep track of all of your trash including little plastic candy wrappers. Either burn everything that is burnable or remove it from the field with your non-burnable items. Please bury or burn your toilet paper.

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    Here are six 'Leave No Trace' principles courtesy of the Alaska Region National Park Service:
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly.
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.

Please take the time to carefully review the pdf links located here. These links provide more information on Leave No Trace. Alaska Centers - Leave No Trace in Alaska's Backcountry.

"As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can."
— John Muir