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January 19, 2011

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P��� 44 “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” - Albert Einstein QIA THE FIREBALLS Fri. Jan. 28 • 2pm & 7pm Returning with 2 great shows! $12 donation Tickets on sale at QIA offi ce & Pancake Suppers 928-927-6325 235 E. Ironwood St., Quartzsite MEXICAN POTTERY at the Sweet Shoppe Quartzsite Marketplace 50 E. Kuehn Space #25 (next to Bad Boys Cafe) Great Selection and Prices! Tools & Screws E. Kuehn Rd. Farm • Shop • Home • Industry Recycle your empty inket cartridges and used cell phones! Help raise funds for the local Arizona Centennial celebration! DROP OFF LOCATIONS: • Horizon Community Bank • Quartzsite Library • Senior Center • General Store • Business Chamber Sponsored by Proud Neighbors of Quartzsite ���.D�����M��������.��� Recycle... it all adds up! J������ 19, 2011 Leave No Trace 7 Principles The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofi t organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit. • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups. • Repackage food to minimize waste. • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or fl agging. ________________________________________ TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary. In popular areas: • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. • Walk single fi le in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy. • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent. • In pristine areas: • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails. • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning. ________________________________________ DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter. • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when fi nished. • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater. ________________________________________ LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND Quartzsite Marketplace Space #21 just west of Bad Boy‛s Cafe COME SEE THE BIGGEST “BOLT” IN TOWN! NO GIMMICKS! Just Great Food! 60 W. Main Street, Quartzsite (next to the Post Office) Gift Shop & Restaurant 928-927-4000 OPEN 7 am to 2 pm BREAKFAST & LUNCH • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts. • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you fi nd them. • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches. ________________________________________ MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS • Campfi res can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. • Where fi res are permitted, use established fi re rings, fi re pans, or mound fi res. • Keep fi res small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfi res completely, then scatter cool ashes. ________________________________________ RESPECT WILDLIFE • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home. • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter. ________________________________________ BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail. • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock. • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors. • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises The Leave No Trace Seven Principles have been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: Southwest Connection

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