Today, October 15th, 2007 is officially Blog Action Day. What that means is that if you are an avid blog reader you will notice that posts that are created today will focus mainly on the environment. This is the focus of Blog Action Day 2007.

I wanted to focus on something that my wife and I have tried to subscribe to as we get more and more into hiking, camping and nature in general. Leave no trace is a code of ethics among outdoor enthusiasts that tries to minimize the impacts of human interaction on the environment and something that we believe in very heavily. Without these principles the outdoors especially public trails, campsites, and other areas would become trash piles. That trash has profound effects on nature, and wildlife.

Let’s take a look at what those principles are…

Leave No Trace Principles

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

These are the guiding lights behind the Leave No Trace movement, and most can be applied to our everyday lives in addition to the hunters, hikers, campers, and others that should already be familiar with them.

I have also added a point of my own, and that is a goal to bring home one non-natural item and dispose of it properly. What I mean by that is look for something out of place in nature. Find a pop/soda bottle or can. Pick up a wrapper, scoop up a cigarette butt. More or less keep a lookout for something that doesn’t belong, and if reasonable, take it with you and dispose of it properly. Obviously if someone disposes of tires, televisions, or something large like that you can’t do much with that, but you can alert the Park Ranger.

The point is, pick up after others who aren’t as respectful, and maybe together we will make a difference.