Various demographic, geographic and behavioral factors have been taken into consideration during the development of the Frontcountry education program. According to the Outdoor Industry Association there are three times as many car campers and five times as many day hikers as there are backpackers in the U. The number of day hikers is projected to increase from 47 million people to 74 million people by , and car campers are expected to increase from 42 million to 62 million by Various market trends were also considered in targeting day hikers and car campers. For example, according to a USDA Forest Service study day hiker days are projected to surpass the one billion days mark by Remember food and water, and clothes to protect you from cold, heat and rain.
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The frontcountry guidelines are the guidelines for day-use areas like parks and trails. It is a good idea to review these before participating in an outdoor activity. The other requirements for this award vary depending on which age level the Cub Scouts are.
See the documents below for the other requirements for each level. Remember to bring food, water, and appropriate clothing. Bring a bag to pack out your trash. Take the time to learn about the area.
Stick to Trails Stay on the trails as they are marked if you can. Try not to disturb wildflowers and other plants. That way everyone can enjoy them! Manage Your Pet Keep your pet on a leash at all times. Do not let your pet chase wildlife. Leave What You Find Leave rocks and other objects where they are so others can see them also. Do not mark or carve into living plants.
Respect Other Visitors Be courteous to others on trails when biking or running. Make room for others on trails and be cautious when passing. Trash Your Trash Remove any trash you bring with you.
Make sure it is put in a receptical or take it with you. Even natural materials, like bits of fruit, should not be thrown on the ground.
They attract pests and detract from the natural beauty of an area.
Leave No Trace is a plan that helps people to be more concerned about their environment and to help them protect it for future generations. Leave No Trace applies in a backyard or local park frontcountry as much as it does in the wilderness backcountry. Understanding nature strengthens our respect toward the environment. One person with thoughtless behavior or one shortcut on a trail can spoil the outdoor experience for others. Help protect the environment by remembering that while you are there, you are a visitor. When you visit the outdoors, take special care of the area. Leave everything just as you find it.
Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines
I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? Robert Redford When "Leave No Trace" is discussed, the wilderness backcountry is usually the environment that comes to mind. Research shows that the majority of outdoor use occurs as weekend or day trips in frontcountry areas close to population centers. Urban parks, public recreation areas, and established campgrounds receive the brunt of human impact day after day.
Leave No Trace for Frontcountry