Backcountry Horsemen of California

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The Seven Leave No Trace Principles for BCHC Members/Stock Users

These 3”x5” recycled plastic reference cards are made to last and may be purchased from Wilderness Rider Steering Committee Chair or on the LNT website.


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Leave No Trace

The Center for Outdoor Ethics provides innovative education, skills, research and science to help people care for the outdoors. By working with the public and public lands managers, Leave No Trace focuses on educating people—instead of costly restoration programs or access restrictions—as the most effective and least resource-intensive solution to land protection.

Backcountry Horsemen of California joined in a valuable partnership with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in 2011. Leave No Trace principles aligned well with Backcountry Horsemen’s “Gentle Use” principles. In advancing Leave No Trace’s mission and using its tools, BCHC can more effectively educate its members and, thus, achieve its purpose of promoting the conservation and utilization of our backcountry resources.

The seven Leave No Trace principles provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors and can be applied anywhere.

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Leave what you find
  • Be considerate of others

BCHC is a leader in providing Leave No Trace education and training and is one of only 11 organizations in the U.S. authorized to run the five-day Leave No Trace Level 2 Instructor Course.

BCHC is the single provider of the Leave No Trace Master Educator Course in California. This is the most comprehensive course offered by Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. In this five-day field-based course, participants learn Leave No Trace through a variety of techniques including discussions, scenarios, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Graduates of the course are the most highly certified stewards and teachers of LNT principles.

To learn more about the Center for Outdoor Ethics and Leave No Trace , visit their website.

When beginning a Leave No Trace program, the LNT Group Use Brochure is designed to help groups develop and adopt Leave No Trace practices.

Watch Smoke Elser, Bob Hoverson and others in this informational Leave No Trace for Stock Users - Video Series, produced by the USDA and the US Forest Service National Technology & Development Program in cooperation with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

At this time there are no LNT classes or activities planned. Announcements will be posted on this website and publicized in the Backcountry News when plans are made.

For more information about BCHC’s Leave No Trace program contact BCHC's LNT Coordinator.