Leave No Trace
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What is “Leave No Trace”?

The concept of “Leave No Trace” originated in the United States. During the 1960s and 1970s, hiking and camping in the wild became popular among American people. The increasing number of visitors also resulted in damage to the countryside. The government and environmental groups started to carry out public education, and gradually developed the concept of “Leave No Trace”.

It is noteworthy that “Leave No Trace” is not a definite set of rules that hikers have to follow. It offers suggestions for hikers to build up habits and attitudes that show respect for nature.

The Seven Principles of “Leave No Trace”
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Dispose of Waste Properly
Leave What You Find
Minimise Campfire Impacts
Respect Wildlife
Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Source: Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, USA: www.LNT.org

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