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Leave No Trace

Posted by Sharon Harrington on

Every outdoor explorer, from a group of mountain climbers on Mount Everest to a local dog walker perusing a local park, has a responsibility when out in nature: to keep it safe, clean and beautiful for the next adventurer, or to put it simply, to leave no trace. By doing so, we can help protect our planet and preserve its beauty for future explorers.

Leave No Trace is an organization based on seven nature-protecting principles that can be applied to any outdoor situation. LNT formally became an organization in 1994, but the origin of their principles and mission is almost impossible to trace. The organization aims to “protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly.”

The seven principles of Leave No Trace are:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

These principles are the foundation of a plan that anyone can use to minimize his or her impact on nature. Check back weekly for an explanation of each one and how to easily incorporate it as a habit on your outdoor adventures.