Earth Day Reminder: Leave No Trace to Protect Our Environment

John K. Leigh

John K. Leigh

By John Leigh, Volunteer Coordinator and Leave No Trace Trainer

We all enjoy getting outdoors and taking in the views and the fresh air, and the great views.  We all love stretching our legs and seeing where they will take us. Sadly, almost everything we do in the woods leaves an impact. Some of this is not preventable while a lot of it is.

Most people know to bring out all of their trash and not to carve their name into trees, but there are other simple principles  that a lot of people don’t know about, that if followed can greatly reduce our impact. These principles are known as the 7 principles of Leave no Trace. The principles are

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 impact

6)      Respect Wildlife

7)      Be considerate of other visitors

The New York- New Jersey Trail Conference is proud to be offering free Leave No Trace Awareness classes.  These fun and interactive classes are free and offer a good insight into the 7 principles of leave no trace. The next Leave No Trace workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28 at Tent & Trails in Manhattan. If you are interested in taking a Leave no Trace Class, please check out this class or any of our other classes in the Trail U Section of our website. If you are interested in hosting a Leave No Trace class, please contact John Leigh

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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