LEAVE NO TRACE means just that… LEAVE NO TRACE. Especially treating a tree like a noteboard. This is bad for the tree. This is akin to someone coming along, and scratching their initials right into you with a knife.
The unfortunate example was taken at Blue Hills Reservation, and this is not the only one, there were many trees like this one. This was along the popular Skyline trail, across the street from the main headquarters, on the trail up to Tucker Hill.
Being in the outdoors, as with everything else, should be done responsibly. So, before you get out and enjoy the outdoors, or, you are somewhat familiar with the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace, or just need a refresher, lead on over the the Leave No Trace website, and help put an end to ruining the forest.
The quick version of these 7 principles is below:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Practice these, teach your kids and others. Let’s keep our outdoors as pristine as possible, so that they can be used for generations and generations to come.