LEAVE NO TRACE: ETHICS OF THE OUTDOORS
‘A thing is right when it tends to preserve the INTEGRITY
of the biotic community.
It is wrong
when it dose OTHERWISE’,
As Aldo Leopold said.
Leave no trace: what is it, people ask. Is it a responsibility, a stewardship, a passion, a legacy or what?
The truth is that it is ALL of the above. Leave No Trace is about preserving the national parks and forests of your country and about protecting the wildlife and plant life that live there. The seven principles of leave no trace are
- Plan and prepare: Remember even the most experienced camper may be forced to make bad decisions if they don’t prepare.
- Camp on durable surfaces: Camp on surfaces such as dirt and rock to avoid killing plants
- Dispose of waste in trash cans, or take it out with you.
- Leave What you find.
- Minimise campfire impact.
- Respect wildlife.
- Be considerate of other visitors.
To preserve our wild life and national parks Leave No Trace behind and leave it for the next person (and wild creature) the way it was for you.
- http://www.nps.gov/gaar/forkids/upload/leave%20no%20trace%20worksheet.pdf (this is printable a game for kids – PDF download).