“Leave No Trace” on the Black Hills National Forest

Custer, SD, May 24, 2017 – Black Hills National Forest officials would like to remind visitors to “Leave No Trace” when visiting the Forest.

Proper disposal of waste helps maintain a clean Forest and environment, reduces risks to wildlife, and is considerate of current and future visitors.

“Recreational opportunities abound on the Forest, and it is important to keep the Forest clean for all users,” said Scott Jacobson, Public Affairs, Black Hills National Forest. At developed recreational sites such as campgrounds and picnic areas, visitors should always use the receptacles provided for disposal of trash, waste water and sewage.

Visitors should also manage their trash and take it with them when they leave the Forest for recreational activities such as hiking, dispersed camping, target practice or hunting, which are away from developed sites. Remember, whatever is carried in, needs to be carried out.

“To help keep the Forest clean and pristine, “take pictures and leave footprints,” said Jacobson.

Many shooting areas receive heavy use and it is also important to remove items such as targets, materials used to hold targets, spent shells, cigarettes, food wrappers and beverage containers.

Actions prohibited on National Forests include:

  • Dumping of refuse, debris, trash or litter brought onto the Forest.
  • Placing anything in or near a stream, lake or other water feature which does not belong and may pollute the water.
  • Disposal of garbage, including paper, cans, bottles, sewage, waste water or rubbish onto the Forest.

It is important for everyone to do their part in keeping our Forest clean and safe. If you see someone illegally dumping, please do not approach the violator. After leaving the area, contact your local Forest Service office and provide the following information:

  • Date, time and location of illegal dumping
  • Description of vehicle and license plate number
  • Description of the person dumping
  • What was being dumped at the site

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.

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