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Outdoor Ethics

The BLM welcomes you to explore and enjoy America’s public lands and waters. Millions of people visit public lands each year and the combined effects of these visits begin to leave a mark on the land. It is the responsibility of each person to develop a personal set of outdoor ethics to ensure that millions of visitors to public lands will continue to make lasting memories for generations to come. Know Before You Go


Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics program which provides research, education and initiatives so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Visit the Leave No Trace website, at, to learn more. 

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Tread Lightly! promotes responsible fishing, dirt biking, 4x4'ing, camping, and other recreation activities—through stewardship, education, and communication. Learn more at

  • Travel Responsibly
  • Respect the Rights of Others
  • Educate Yourself
  • Avoid Sensitive Areas
  • Do Your Part


Leave No Trace Resources

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Learn how to Leave No Trace, especially when hunting and fishing...or take a camping test!

Tread Lightly Tips

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Get some simple tips on ways to minimize your impact when playing in the outdoors by clicking on a link below.