Environmental Stewardship

Environmental stewardship is something I consider deeply when it comes to my judgments of other outdoor leaders, and when deciding how I want to be judged. A cavalier attitude about the wellbeing of your "office" does not foster much respect, and is akin to taking a group into your own home and showing them that you don't mind if they grind dirt into your carpet each time they come to visit. For these reasons, I believe in Leave No Trace (LNT). LNT is the ultimate level of environmental stewardship for people playing outside. As a realist, I understand that we won't always be able to adhere to the principles to the fullest of their intention, but doing our best to prepare ourselves for any situation that could be impactful on the environment is a small duty and price to pay to keep our workspace healthy and functioning. The seven founding principles of LNT are as follows:

  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