Washington State has nearly six million acres of public lands – from coastal waters and aquatic reserves to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas.
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Leave No Trace: The 7 Principles
The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard. They also apply to almost every recreational activity. Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.
The Seven Principles are well established and widely known, but they are not static. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics continually examines, evaluates and reshapes the Principles. The Center’s Education Department conducts research — including publishing scholarly articles in independent journals — to ensure that the Principles are up to date with the latest insights from biologists, land managers and other leaders in outdoor education.
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Keep in touch with all the Chapters and happenings in the State
July 8, 9, 10th – Lewis County Chapter Gifford Pinchot National Forest Keenes Horse Camp and Surrounding Trails Work Party. Contact Tony Karniss for more info. firstname.lastname@example.org
August 19 thru 22 – Lewis County Chapter Gifford Pinchot National Forest Soda Springs Work Party Contact Tony Karniss for more info. email@example.com
BCHW State Wide Events:
August 28 & 29 2021 – BCHW Leave No Trace Basic Skills Class, Teanaway Campground – Teanaway Community Forest. Class size limited,
- June 26, 2021 – Grays Harbor Chapter Fund Ride For Details or contact Beth Branshaw firstname.lastname@example.org 360-581-6535
- Ponderosa Chapter Poker Ride (Spokane) For Details or call 509-466-2225
- July 23, 24, 25th – Pierce Co Prize Ride, Sahara Creek Campground – Elbe State Forest. Pre-registration mandatory. Details @ Pierce County Back Country Horsemen of Washington (pccbchwa.com)
- September 11, 2021 – 31st Annual Tahoma Chapter Prize Ride – For more details, click here
- October 30, 2021 – BCHW Wine Ride *Save the Date*