What is the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and Why does Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group partner with the Center?
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is committed to the principals of LNT. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) is proud to have an official partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
Additionally, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group sponsors a member of our leadership team in becoming a certified Master Leave No Trace Educator.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
As the leading educator of outdoor ethics, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics will grow a nation of outdoor advocates to put the Leave No Trace principles into action.Leave No Trace
is a "national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike. The program strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations. The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly."
The seven principles of the Leave No Trace outdoor ethics are:
1. Plan ahead and prepare as much as possible. When you don't have the facts about where you are going or what to expect, you're more likely to cause or run into problems in the backcountry.
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Stay on the trail and don't cut switchbacks.
3. Dispose of waste properly. Bury or pack out excrement. Pack out all trash and food waste, including that left behind by others. Do not bury trash or food, and do not try to burn packaging materials in campfires.
4. Leave what you find. Don't take flowers or other sensitive natural resources. Don't disturb historical artifacts such as cellar holes and arrowheads.
5. Minimize campfire impacts. Know local regulations, which may prohibit fires.
6. Respect wildlife. Don't feed or disturb wildlife. Store foods properly to avoid attracting bears and rodents.
7. Be considerate of others on the trail.