Leave No Trace Prince #2: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Before we begin this week’s green tip, I want to extend a big ole’ warm welcome to the many new members that have joined the Powe. Snowboards family! Your endless support and enthusiasm drives us to be better to our environment and each other.
Now, back to our scheduled green tip! Here we are, week two of Leave No Trace, and you must be thinking, “what’s next?! Week one of LNT was sooooo amazing.” But it gets better! This week’s green tip is “Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces.” While that may seem a bit obvious, the more durable surfaces are going to be less energy intensive, it is actually referring to keeping our natural areas intact. Generally, less durable surfaces, like wetlands and moist habitats, can be more fragile and subject to damage. Usually, rocky and sandy surfaces are more durable, while areas of vegetation can vary depending of the type flora.
One tip for sticking to these rules is by traveling on trail. By using pre-existing trails, foot traffic can be concentrated to certain areas. Not only does this help create defined pathways that can be marked, but it also helps reduce the amount of divergent trails that can result from undefined trails. These divergent trails can be especially harmful to any environment by segmenting it and scarring it. As said by the Leave No Trace creators “it is better to have one well designed route than many poorly chosen paths.”
When traveling off trail, be sure to remember what your group size is like and how frequently your group will be taking that route. Think about what kind of impact your crew will have on the surrounding vegetation and overall habitat. Think about its durability. Larger groups will leave larger trails no matter what the environment is. Frequency is also another important factor, how many times will this trail be used, or if you’re camping, how long will you be using the site.
While camping, make sure you are especially careful of the surface you are choosing to lay base on. Just like traveling by trail, you want to make sure your camping surface is extra durable and exterior factors like vegetation and weather are taken into account. Camping generally entails a longer duration of time than just hiking, meaning, a longer time to leave and create a disturbance in the area.
Hey! Don’t let this deter you from gettin’ out there and sendin’ it though! Just remember to think about your surroundings and try your best to Leave No Trace!
Thank you so much for tuning into this week’s Green Tip and if you want any more info on LNT practice check out the Leave No Trace website www.lnt.org
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