Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics (http://lnt.org) promotes conservation in the outdoors by providing a framework for decision-making through its seven principals, summarized here:

  1. Plan Ahead 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

While paddling the South Shore, please protect wildlife and its habitat by observing the following guidelines:

  • Launch and land at only designated access points.
  • Do not land on marsh islands or step out of the boat in mudflats, which support tremendous numbers of fragile life.
  • Leave nothing behind. Practice Leave No Trace Ethics.
  • Observe wildlife from a safe distance.
  • Avoid directly approaching a seal.
  • Be extra cautious at beaches where pairs of endangered piping plovers are active.
  • Cooperate and advance conservation efforts of the South Shore Estuary Reserve Council, Nassau County, the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay and regional organizations