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The Need for Leave No Trace

Why does BSA need Leave No Trace Education?

Barry Douthitt

on 10 December 2012

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Transcript of The Need for Leave No Trace

Our Reputation? For Boy Scouts of America Visitor Impacts Impacts Important? A National Education Program Designed to Teach
Stewardship, Land Ethics, and Outdoor Skills. Benefits of LNT Better Planning leads to Safer Trips, Lighter Packs, and Happier Scouts/Scouter Vegetation Primary Job of Land Managers is to

**Recreation is secondary Loss
Spread of non-native species
Tree damage Loss of organic litter
Soil compaction
Soil erosion Social Wildlife Soil Water Disturbance
Altered Behavior
Reduced health & Reproduction Crowding
Noise Soil Cultural Cultural Theft of artifacts
Damage to historic sites
Damage to cultural features Wildlife Vegitation Water Social If visitors don't adopt low impact practices

Land Managers will be forced to limit use Improvement
is needed Turbidity
Soap waste
Fecal waste Trustworthy Loyal Cheerful Obedient Courteous Thrifty Friendly Brave Helpful Clean Kind Reverent BSA has a POOR reputation among
Land Managers! Is this your Scout Unit? Cuts switchbacks on Trails?
Widens trails by walking 2-3 abreast?
Washes dishes in the creek?
Leaves behind uneaten food, trash, unburied waste?
Is very loud at your campsites?
Stays long times at popular attractions?
Mis-uses hand tools?
Builds unnecesarly large campfires? Good News! Our Reputation is Improving... Bad News! Are we Loving our Lands to Death? BSA: > 5 million members, 308 Councils, 138,000 units 50,000+ Troops & 17,000 Crews =
300,000+ weekend trips Estimated annual outdoor BSA use
on public/private recreation lands: 10,000+ weekend multi-group trips 5,000+ week-long trips 1,000+ week-long multi-group trips Over 15 million user days! Why Leave No Trace? Combined effects Challenge Benefits Combined effects One person... not a problem, but consider the effects of millions
We must assume the responsibility to educate, and practice the skills and ethics of Leave No Trace LNT Challenge Prevent avoidable resource and social impacts
Minimize unavoidable impacts
Preserve the quality of resources and recreation experiences Prevents avoidable impacts Minimizes unavoidable impacts Protects natural environments Avoids the need for restrictive management regulations and use limitations The Seven LNT 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 The Outdoor Code Duty LNT Skills can make units more successful In the end...

We will conserve only what we love

We will love only what we understand

We will understand only what we are taught
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