We are excited to report that the Vermont Backcountry Alliance, a program of the CTA, has finalized a new set of Leave No Trace guidelines for backcountry users in Vermont. Close partnerships with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Green Mountain Club, Green Mountain National Forest, Winter Wildlands Alliance, and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, made this publication possible.
The Vermont Backcountry Ethics are a winter adaptation of seven core principles of outdoor travel developed by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Signs with the Vermont Backcountry Ethics will be displayed at trailheads, ski areas, and other recreation areas throughout the state. In addition to the signs, a more detailed “long” version of the ethics is available for download here:
Vermont is a special place for outdoor recreation activities; the Backcountry Ethic is one way to help keep our backcountry areas in good condition and available for future generations of recreation opportunities. Please keep these Backcountry Ethics in mind while you explore Vermont during the winter!