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# PLAN AHEAD AND  PREPARE
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The following list outlines the '''Seven Principles of ''Leave no Trace'''''.
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# Plan ahead and Prepare<small>
 
#* Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you will visit.
 
#* Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you will visit.
 
#* Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
 
#* Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
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#* Visit in small groups. Split larger parties into groups of 4 - 6.
 
#* Visit in small groups. Split larger parties into groups of 4 - 6.
 
#* Repackage food to minimize waste.
 
#* Repackage food to minimize waste.
#* Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
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#* Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.</small>
# TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
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# Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces<small>
 
#* Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
 
#* Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
 
#* Protect riparian areas by camping at least 70 metres from lakes and streams.
 
#* Protect riparian areas by camping at least 70 metres from lakes and streams.
#* Good campsites are found, not made.Altering a site is not necessary.
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#* Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
 
#* In popular areas:
 
#* In popular areas:
 
#** Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
 
#** Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
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#* In pristine areas:
 
#* In pristine areas:
 
#** Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
 
#** Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
#** Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
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#** Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.</small>
# DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
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# Dispose of Waste Properly<small>
#* Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.
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#* Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilt foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.
#* Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 15 to 20 centimetres deep at least 70 metres from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
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#* Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 15 to 20 centimetres deep at least 70 metres from the water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
 
#* Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
 
#* Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
#* To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 70 metres away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
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#* To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 70 metres away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.</small>
# LEAVE WHAT YOU  FIND
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# Leave what you Find<small>
#* Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
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#* Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artefacts.
 
#* Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
 
#* Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
 
#* Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
 
#* Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
#* Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
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#* Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.</small>
# MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
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# Minimize Campfire Impacts<small>
 
#* Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
 
#* Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
 
#* Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
 
#* Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
 
#* Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
 
#* Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
#* Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
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#* Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.</small>
# RESPECT WILDLIFE
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# Respect Wildlife<small>
 
#* Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
 
#* Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
#* Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
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#* Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
 
#* Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
 
#* Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
 
#* Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
 
#* Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
#* Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
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#* Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.</small>
# BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS
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# Be Considerate of Others<small>
 
#* Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
 
#* Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
 
#* Be courteous.Yield to other users on the trail.
 
#* Be courteous.Yield to other users on the trail.
 
#* Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
 
#* Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
 
#* Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
 
#* Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
#* Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
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#* Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.</small>
  
 
Reference: http://www.scouts.ca/sites/default/files/leave-no-trace_Scouts-booklet.pdf
 
Reference: http://www.scouts.ca/sites/default/files/leave-no-trace_Scouts-booklet.pdf

Revision as of 07:59, 4 November 2017

The following list outlines the Seven Principles of Leave no Trace.


  1. Plan ahead and Prepare
    • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you will visit.
    • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
    • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
    • Visit in small groups. Split larger parties into groups of 4 - 6.
    • Repackage food to minimize waste.
    • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
    • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
    • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 70 metres from lakes and streams.
    • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
    • In popular areas:
      • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
      • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
      • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
    • In pristine areas:
      • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
      • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
    • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilt foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.
    • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 15 to 20 centimetres deep at least 70 metres from the water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
    • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
    • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 70 metres away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
  4. Leave what you Find
    • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artefacts.
    • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
    • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
    • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
    • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
    • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
    • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
    • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
  6. Respect Wildlife
    • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
    • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
    • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
    • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
    • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
  7. Be Considerate of Others
    • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
    • Be courteous.Yield to other users on the trail.
    • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
    • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
    • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

Reference: http://www.scouts.ca/sites/default/files/leave-no-trace_Scouts-booklet.pdf