Leaving no trace when entering any part of nature is an important action if you are wanting to spend time on the land. I recently read a post from a young woman expressing her passion for pressing flowers and where she could find some summer blooms. As usual on social media, everyone was quick to pull her apart and place their judgements. I feel it's importance to respect that everyone here is still learning and I believe it is in our essence to want to create a healthy symbiosis with the land. A gentle explanation and offering of knowledge is all that was needed. It has now prompted me to share with you the importance of respecting our Mother.
Your impact on the environment is an underlying factor everytime you step onto the land.
Following the “leave no trace 7 principles” is a handy start:
1. Plan ahead and prepare. 2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces. 3. Dispose of waste properly. 4. Leave what you find. 5. Minimise campfire impacts. 6. Respect wildlife. 7. Be considerate of your hosts and other visitors.
1. PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE Plan to Leave No Trace. Areas of ecological sensitivity or significance are identified before you enter the land.
2. BUSHWALK ON DURABLE SURFACES Durable surfaces include established tracks and campsites, rock and gravel . Use existing campsites in popular areas and is focussed on areas of existing impact Campsite activity in natural areas is dispersed to avoid creating focused areas of impact Campsites are located at least 100m from any water source Vegetation and natural features around campsites are not disturbed or modified Existing tracks are used; new tracks are not established Track widening is reduced by avoiding the edge of the track
3. DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY All your general waste is carried out and disposed of properly Recyclable waste is carried out and separated where possible Food and organic waste is carried out; burning food waste is only conducted where permitted by the Land Owner Human waste is carried out in an appropriate container or disposed of in a temporary pit style toilet (if allowed in the area) Existing toilets are used where possible; a temporary pit style toilet is established using a hole at least 15cm deep, 100m from any water source or campsite Personal hygiene waste is carried out in a suitable container Waste water (from food or personal hygiene) is disposed of by straining food and solid matter then scattering at least 100m from any water source Tracks, activity sites and campsites are free of spilled food waste prior to departure Biodegradable detergents and hygiene products are only used
4. LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND Vegetation, rock formations and natural features are not disturbed, modified or removed Culturally significant sites are afforded appropriate respect; rock art is not touched, artefacts are not disturbed; sacred sites are avoided.
5.MINIMISE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS Fuel stoves are used where possible; alternative night-time light sources (candles, lanterns) are used where appropriate Firewood is collected from fallen dead wood no larger than the persons forearm and only where firewood collection is permitted by the Land Owner Existing fireplaces are used where available; creating new fireplaces is avoided The size of the fire is kept to a minimum and completely extinguished prior to departure Ash and coal waste is completely extinguished and disposed of properly.
6. RESPECT WILDLIFE Wildlife is observed from a safe distance Location and activity Nesting, feeding or breeding sites are not approached Do not feed wildlife; food is stored securely, especially at night Injured wildlife are reported to the Land Owner Sightings of known feral animal species and locations of invasive plant species are to be reported to the Land Owner Your vehicle/s and equipment are free of plant material prior to leaving or entering an area
7. BE CONSIDERATE OF YOUR HOSTS AND OTHER VISITORS The traditional inhabitants of the country are appropriately acknowledged Afford other users the courtesy of peaceful enjoyment of the area Avoid over-crowding at popular public areas The use of powered generators, music or lighting is minimised to reduce disturbance to other users
Wishing you a peaceful and respectful journey on the land.