Recreation always disturbs natural conditions. From soil erosion caused by heavily used trails to vegetation losses at backcountry campsites, the ongoing challenge facing DNR resource managers is how to provide recreation opportunities while protecting the aesthetic and ecological functions of natural areas from overuse.
One of the most important means of minimizing these impacts is by educating visitors on Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics. Please be sure that you are skilled in employing these techniques and educating your traveling companions on their importance to protecting the environment. By doing so, we can ensure that visitors will continue to enjoy areas maintained in a healthy, natural state.
Adventure-based recreation continues to be the leading trend, both regionally and nationally, in outdoor recreation. Check out our self-guided recreational opportunities available on Maryland's public lands for the novice to experienced enthusiast, as well as the family with young children.
Below are a few examples of LNT ethics that you can employ while visiting Maryland's public lands.Younger visitors can check out the Leave No Trace website for kids.
A complete guide to Leave No Trace -- Outdoor Skills and Ethics:
is available from Leave No Trace, a national program that promotes responsible outdoor recreation. Leave No Trace curriculum and wilderness skills training courses are taught through a partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Visit the Leave No Trace website at www.lnt.org or contact them for additional information at 1-800-332-4100.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)