Leave No Trace (LNT) was created by the U.S. Forest Service in the 1960’s, when recreation on public lands increased significantly, with a corresponding level of damage to these wild places. Then in the early 1990s, the Forest Service worked with the National Outdoor Leadership School to develop hands-on, science-based minimum impact education for non-motorized recreational activities. To educate, encourage, and solicit active participation in the wise and sustaining use of the back country resources by horsemen and the general public. This statement is the basis for the BCHA LNT Stock Users Education Program. The BCHA
Board has directed that we become the primary trainer of stock users in LNT principles and practices nationally. The program is a partnership between BCHA, State and Affiliate Members, the U.S. Forest Service and LNT Inc.
BCHA coordinates, manages, and monitors the program in cooperation with State and Affiliate memberships. Qualified BCH members are selected to become LNT Master Educators.
The Leave No Trace 7 Principles:
1. Plan and prepare
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
3. Dispose of waste properly
4. Leave what you find
5. Minimize campfire impacts
6. Respect wildlife
7. Be considerate of other visitors