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Recreation, Heritage & Wilderness Resources
Mail Stop 1125
1400 Independence Ave., SW
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(202) 205-1706

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Recreational Activities

Outdoor Safety

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Whether you're roughing it in a tent or planning a family outing to a national forest, there are many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe. Consider the following safety tips when you visit a national forest or national grassland.

General Safety

Prevent mishaps by adequately preparing for the trip. More information about preparing for a trip.

Trail Tips

Be prepared for you trail travels by considering this advice. More information about how to apply.

Camping Tips

Roughing it in a tent or staying in a cabin, these tips will help. More information for students.


Don't let lightning ruin your day! More information about fire hires.

If You Get Lost...

... these tips will help you get back safely. More salary and benefit information.


Pack the "Essentials" when you visit us. More information about volunteering.

US Forest Service
Last modified March 28, 2013

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