Appalachian Mountain Club Leave No Trace

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Introduction to Leave No Trace by Philip Werner, Leave No Trace Master Educator and 4 Season Hiking and Backpacking Leaders for the Appalachian Mountain Club

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Appalachian Mountain Club Leave No Trace

  1. 1. Introduction toIntroduction toLeave No TraceLeave No TracePhilip WernerPhilip WernerMaster Educator, Leave No TraceMaster Educator, Leave No Trace
  2. 2. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.comLeave it the Way You Found ItLeave it the Way You Found It
  3. 3. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.comWilderness Ethics not RulesWilderness Ethics not Rules Well founded principles of behaviorWell founded principles of behavior Guide our actionsGuide our actions Choices we makeChoices we make
  4. 4. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.com7 LNT Principles7 LNT Principles1.1. PassPass2.2. TheThe3.3. DonutsDonuts4.4. LeftLeft5.5. MyMy6.6. RastaRasta7.7. BrotherBrotherBostonStrong
  5. 5. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.com1. Plan Ahead and Prepare1. Plan Ahead and Prepare Avoid large group sizes that are noisyAvoid large group sizes that are noisyand crowd out other visitors.and crowd out other visitors. Displacement ofothers at popular sites Noise Crowding Conflicts Heavy site impacts Waste concentration
  6. 6. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.com2. Travel and Camp on2. Travel and Camp onDurable SurfacesDurable Surfaces Avoid widening trails by hiking two orAvoid widening trails by hiking two ormore abreast, creating new trails, andmore abreast, creating new trails, andcutting switchbacks.cutting switchbacks.
  7. 7. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.com2. Travel and Camp on2. Travel and Camp onDurable SurfacesDurable Surfaces Avoid creating new campsites orAvoid creating new campsites orenlarging existing sites by tramplingenlarging existing sites by tramplingsurrounding vegetationsurrounding vegetation
  8. 8. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.com3. Dispose of Waste Properly3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  9. 9. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.com4. Leave What You Find4. Leave What You Find• Leave flowers for others to see. Picking them preventsformation of seeds vital to their reproduction and survival.• Do not remodel trails, pile rocks, or take them home
  10. 10. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.com Proliferation and migration of campfire sitesProliferation and migration of campfire sites Scorch ground at pristine sites so it loses it “wildness”Scorch ground at pristine sites so it loses it “wildness” Use minimal amount of wood or camping stoveUse minimal amount of wood or camping stove5. Minimize Campfire Impacts5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  11. 11. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.com6. Respect Wildlife6. Respect Wildlife Feeding wildlifeFeeding wildlife(unintentional or(unintentional orintentional), attractingintentional), attractingthem to people andthem to people anddeveloped areas.developed areas. Damages their health Alters natural behaviors Exposes them to predators
  12. 12. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.com7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors Respect different users (birders, bikers, climbers)Respect different users (birders, bikers, climbers) Be quietBe quiet Be politeBe polite
  13. 13. Copyright 2011, SectionHiker.com Better planning leads to safer trips andBetter planning leads to safer trips andlighter packslighter packs Prevents avoidable impacts, minimizesPrevents avoidable impacts, minimizesunavoidable impactsunavoidable impacts Protects the quality of natural environmentsProtects the quality of natural environmentsand recreation experiencesand recreation experiences Avoids or minimizes the need for restrictivemanagement regulations or use limitationsBenefits of Applying LNTBenefits of Applying LNT

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