Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a movement which seeks to promote the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship the outdoors by all people, worldwide, by:
- Educating people about minimum impact skills and responsible outdoor recreation.
- Connecting people to their natural world so that they care about its future health.
- Protecting ecosystems by creating lifelong outdoor stewards.
Originating in the USA with the Leave No Trace Centre for Outdoor Ethics, there are now Leave No Trace organisations firmly established in several countries across the world. There is currently a move in the UK to establish a national Leave No Trace body.
Trekwild is a Partner member of the Leave No Trace Centre for Outdoor Ethics, based in Boulder, Colorado. For a fuller description of Leave No Trace visit their website at www.lnt.org
What’s it about?
Being active in the outdoors, whether for work or for pleasure, has an impact on the environment, both locally and globally. We can all take steps to minimise that impact by following the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace. These seven principles are designed to encourage us all to take an ethical and minimal impact approach to being in the outdoors. They are applicable to any and every outdoor activity. Have a look at the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace and consider your impact on the environment that you use. Having done that, think about taking part in a Leave No Trace Awareness course.
The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace
The seven principles of Leave No Trace outline a range of practical steps to help outdoor people to:
- Value the natural environment
- Understand the impact of their activities
- Enable them to make decisions to minimise that impact
- Enjoy their activities in a sustainable way
The Seven Principles are:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave It As You Find It
- Minimise the Effects of Fire
- Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Others
The Leave No Trace outdoor ethic can be summarised very simply and straightforwardly –