"The Classic 7" : Leave No Trace Principles
 
Category: Tips and Tricks
 

These guidelines are designed with the outdoor recreation enthusiast in mind. However, these ideas can be implemented into whatever situation you may find yourself in. 

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Leave No Trace is built on seven principles: Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors.


Leave No Trace provides a framework for outdoor recreation decision making, which is summarized in the following seven principles:[1]

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare: Poorly prepared people, when presented with unexpected situations, often resort to high-impact solutions that degrade the outdoors or put themselves at risk. Proper planning leads to less impact.
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: Damage to land occurs when surface vegetation or communities of organisms are trampled beyond repair. The resulting barren area leads to unusable trails, campsites and soil erosion.
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly: Though most trash and litter in the backcountry is not significant in terms of the long term ecological health of an area, it does rank high as a problem in the minds of many backcountry visitors. Trash and litter are primarily social impacts which can greatly detract from the naturalness of an area.[2] Further, backcountry users create body waste and waste water which requires proper disposal according to Leave No Trace.
  4. Leave What You Find: Leave No Trace directs people to minimize site alterations, such as digging tent trenches, hammering nails into trees, permanently clearing an area of rocks or twigs, and removing items.
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts: Because the naturalness of many areas has been degraded by overuse of fires, LNT teaches to seek alternatives to fires or use low-impact fires.
  6. Respect Wildlife: Minimizing impact on wildlife and ecosystems.
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors: Following hiking etiquette and maintaining quiet allows visitors to go through the wilderness with minimal impact on other users.

Please refer to LNT.org if you would like more information on low impact outdoor recreation 

  1. ^ "Seven Principles of Leave No Trace". Leave No Trace. Archived from the original on 2006-07-18. Retrieved 2006-08-03.
  2. ^ "Pack it in, pack it out"Teaching leave no trace. U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Archived from the original on 2007-08-14. Retrieved 2007-09-11.
 
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