Alabama State Parks is proud to be a Community Partner of Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. We join with them in their efforts to share the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace in every park across the country. Through educational programs, learning trails, trainer courses, special events, and more, Alabama State Parks is able to highlight what it means to be good stewards of the land.
You can be part of this effort by making sure you practice the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace while you are in the parks. Parks Explorer will feature these principles in upcoming posts. Today's principle is Minimize Campfire Impacts. The arrival of cooler weather means it is prime time for sitting around a campfire and enjoying the great outdoors. Take a moment to read over these tips to help minimize the impacts of campfires in the parks:
Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires (always double check with the park office to be sure your campfire is permitted).
Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
Also remember that you can purchase firewood in the parks to elimate the need to bring it with you. Never move firewood outside its local area because forest pests and diseases are easily spread when firewood is moved from one location to another.
Leave No Trace Principles and logo: (c) Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org
Other Ways to Get Involved
You can become a Leave No Trace Trainer by attending the Trainer Course at Oak Mountain State Park November 7-8. Another fun way to show your support of Alabama State Parks and Leave No Trace is by participating in Bigfoot Bio Bash at Cheaha State Park on November 21. The event will feature a 5K trail race, conservation festival, and much more! The conservation festival will feature organizations from across the state and there will be free activities like archery and guided hikes. To top off the event, the brand new Bigfoot trail will also be officially unveiled. The Bigfoot trail is a one-of-a-kind educational trail including a Bigfoot scavenger hunt! Please don't miss this great event!