Saturday, November 3, 2012

Leave No Trace Outdoor Principles

Woodcraft is committed to the preservation of the outdoors. Whether you're returning to a spot you love, recommending a hike to a friend, or thinking about future generations, preserving the wilderness you visit is very important. Responsibility for the environment is the first step towards preservation. The basics are simple and even the youngest camper can learn.

The prevailing wilderness ethical code is outlined by Leave No Trace, an organization dedicated to preserving the environment through responsible usage.

Leave No Trace is both an organization and a set of principles. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has partnerships with the National Parks Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

A timeline of Leave No Trace's history as a concept. Image courtesy of a NOLS blog post.

The seven core principles are as follows:

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

Simply by following these basic steps, any camper  -- affiliated with the Leave No Trace organization or not -- can enjoy the outdoors while minimizing environmental impact. 

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