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Introduction “The development of good citizens is one of Scouting’s aims, and citizens need to practice sound environmental living and conservation of natural resources.” Scouting and Conservation Factsheet 02-519D
Leave No Trace (LNT) is: Not a set of rules Not just a program An attitude A way of life
The Outdoor Code As an American, I will do my best to – Be clean in my outdoor manners, Be careful with fire, Be considerate in the outdoors, and Be conservation-minded
As long as I'll live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can. —John Muir
Seven Points To LNT Plan Ahead and Prepare Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack It In, Pack It Out) Leave What You Find Minimize Campfire Impacts Respect Wildlife Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Plan Ahead and Prepare Know regulations and special concerns. Prepare for extreme situations. Avoid times of high use. Visit in small groups. Use map and compass to eliminate marking.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Use established trails, campsites, rock, gravel, dry grass and snow. Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. Good campsites are found not made. Do not alter.
In popular areas: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet and muddy. Keep campsites small. Focus activity where vegetation is absent.
In pristine areas: T ravel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails. Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack it in, pack it out). Deposit human waste in catholes dug 6-8 inches deep, 200 feet from water, camp and trails. -Keep vegetation or soil to disguise cathole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. Carry dish or bathing water 200 feet from water, camp and trails to dispose. -Strain dishwater. -Use small amounts of biodegradable soap. -Scatter wastewater when finished.
Rule of 200’s Go 200 feet from water, trails and camp.
Leave What You Find Preserve the past Avoid introducing or transporting nonnative species. Do not build structures or furniture, or dig trenches
Minimize Campfire Impacts Use light weight stoves for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Where fire is permitted, use established fire ring, a fire pan, or a mound fire lay. Keep fires small. Use sticks from ground that can be broken by hand. Remove partially burned garbage, including leftovers. Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter ashes.
Respect Wildlife Observe from a distance. Never feed animals. Store food and trash securely. Leave pets at home. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: -mating, nesting, raising young, or wintertime.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors Be courteous. Yield to others on the trail. Step downhill side of trail when encountering horseback riders. Take breaks and set up camp away from trails and other visitors. Let nature’s sounds prevail. Be quiet.
Teaching LNT In teaching LNT the student needs to have a purpose to live it. As the teacher, you can help people understand their connection to the environment.
Love of: Beauty Trees Fun Plants relax Water Animals Interest in Learning of Nature Earth History Oneness With Nature Fun Leisure Discovery Need for a challenge
Three Keys to Teaching LNT Learn then educate. Learn more, then educate. Learn, educate then apply.
Requirements For Award 1. Recite and explain the principles of Leave No Trace. 2. On three separate camping/backpacking trips demonstrate and practice the principles of Leave No Trace. 3. Earn the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges. 4. Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project. 5. Give a 10-minute presentation on a Leave No Trace topic approved by your Scoutmaster. 6. Draw a poster or build a model to demonstrate the differences in how we camp or travel in high-use and pristine areas.
References and Resources www.scouting.org/boyscouts/resources/21-117/01why.html www.lnt.org/main.html www.blm.gov/education/lnt/ www.leavenotrace.com www.usscouts.org/advance/venturing/LeaveNoTrace. html www.usscouts.org/advance/venturing/LeaveNoTrace. html
References and Resources Boy Scout Handbook Fieldbook by BSA REI - www.rei.comwww.rei.com Online searches
Discussion What aspects of conservation and the environment should we teach Scouts? How does radical environmentalism effect Scouting in Idaho? Nationally? To what extent should Scouts be allowed to aid in Environmental Projects? What limitations, if any, should be considered? How can we better include the Environment and Conservation in the Boy Scout program?
WORLD CONSERVATION AWARD You can earn this award by earning the following merit badges: Environmental Science merit badge. Either Soil and Water Conservation or Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge. Citizenship in the World merit badge.
Bureau of Land Management (State & District) Natural Resource Conservation Service Parks & Recreation Department (City and State) Parks, Pools, Cemetaries, Nurseries, Greenbelt, Cmty /Recreation Centers, Schools, Zoo, etc.) Agricultural Labs, Seed Labs and Tree Farms Idaho Fish & Game (State & Regional Offices) Fish Hatcheries
Sources US Geological Services Idaho State Military Division Idaho Historical Society (Preservation, Penitentiary) Idaho Lands Department US Forest Service (State & District) USDA Service Centers
Sources Americorps Environmental Protection Agency National Park Service Bureau of Reclamation Agricultural Research Centers World Center for Birds of Prey Local & Community Centers
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