It is our job as campers to understand the leave no trace principle so the outdoor world is as clean and undisturbed as it was when we arrived. This not only allows plants and animals to live in their natural habitat but also assures that future campers will be able to enjoy the same routes we have.
More Things To Know About The Leave No Trace Principle At Camp
Leave No Trace is an example of a sustainable, ethical camping practice. The National Park Service has compiled a list of the seven Leave No Trace principles to help us all camp ethically. Here's a quick rundown.
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Plan Ahead of Time
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the adage goes. You can reduce the likelihood of wandering off-trail or needing to be rescued by being informed of potential risks and detours.
You can also limit the amount of garbage you have to carry out by repackaging food to eliminate as much packaging material as feasible.
It's critical to understand how popular your preferred trail is and how many people their campsites can handle. If you have a large group, it may be necessary to divide it into smaller groups so that local resources are not overstressed.
Travel and Camp on Already Used Surfaces
This entails hiking on existing paths rather than forging new ones through the woods. It also suggests that if you are off route like when you go hunting, avoid regions where a new path is forming.
For campers, this means just camping in authorized areas with no vegetation to beat down. If you must camp in the virgin wilderness, do the opposite and avoid recently-used campsites in these regions, as repeated use will make it more difficult for the native flora to recover.
To avoid contaminating natural water, make sure you're at least 200 feet away from rivers, lakes, and streams wherever you're camping.
Proper Waste Disposal
If you grew up as a part of the Scouts, you've probably heard the phrase, "pack it in, pack it out." Basically, make a plan for getting rid of whatever rubbish you bring in with you. This includes candy wrappers, food waste, and any other garbage sources.
This includes staying at least 200 feet away from water sources while doing your business. If you need to go number two, dig a six to eight-inch hole and cover it up when you're done.
Leave What You Find
This principle applies to both the natural world and any animals you may come across. Invasive species have wreaked havoc on many ecosystems throughout the world, therefore don't introduce non-native animals into an area or remove native creatures from their natural habitat.
Similarly, seeing stunning natural and cultural things is a huge part of why so many people enjoy the outdoors. Removing artifacts from a state or natural park reduces the value of the experience for everyone. Building buildings such as walls or shelters are also prohibited.
Reduce Campfire Impact
There are two kinds of campfire effects. The first is self-evident - the fire's impact. Be aware of all fire regulations and only start a campfire if it is permitted in your region and there are no restrictions.
Even so, keep in mind that a fire ring causes long-term damage to the land beneath it. Light a campfire only in a designated fire ring.
The removal of wood from the surrounding environment is another effect of fire. Make careful to only utilize dead wood that has previously fallen to the ground. Leave it alone if it's still on the tree.
Be Mindful of Wildlife
Respect for wildlife involves avoiding interfering with their natural lifestyles. If you see elk grazing, for example, feel free to observe and photograph them. However, stay your distance and don't scare them. Keep in mind that you are a guest in their home.
Respect for wildlife also includes understanding that many animals can – and will – harm you if they feel threatened. A grizzly bear is a magnificent animal, but if you spot one, keep safe and back away slowly.
Finally, keep in mind that your dogs can have an impact on the environment just as much as you can. Keep pets close by or leave them at home.