Code of Conduct for Outdoor Enthusiasts – My favorite date on the open spaces comes from John Muir, the father of our national park system and founder of the Sierra Club. He said, “When you draw a thing in nature, you will find it united to the rest of the world.” This appointment means more to me than twenty years ago and will probably be more for me, even if I spend more time outside the house.
Muir tells us something of great importance: we too are attached to nature. That’s why the way we think and act when we visit wild places today ultimately determines how many outdoor enthusiasts enjoy for so much more. So, how should we think and act?
There is a code of conduct for outdoor enthusiasts. These are called non-trace principles. This set of best practices is specifically designed to ensure the sustainability of our outdoor recreation activities. Leave No Trace is an organization that strives to educate people to reduce their impact while enjoying the great outdoors. These are his seven principles.
- Plan and get ready
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
- Dispose of waste properly
- Show what you find
- Minimize the impact on the campfire
- Respect the wildlife
- Pay attention to other visitors
BackCountry Toys supports Leave No Trace and encourages all outdoor enthusiasts to do the same. To learn how to put these principles into practice, you can find more information on their website at http://www.lnt.org or on our website.
Over the years, I have drawn innumerable things in nature. I discovered that they are actually attached to everything else, including myself. As outdoor enthusiasts, we understand the importance of our relationship with the backcountry and are very aware of how our attitudes and actions determine the long-term viability of these wild places.
Here are another one of my favorite quotes. It comes from Michel Montaigne. “Let nature follow her own path, she understands better than us her own business”. Use this information and you will do well the first time. Go outside!