Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Dr Helen Smith, Activitives Officer, National Parks Association of NSW

Nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing natural areas trashed by current and previous visitors. Particularly when we all work so hard to protect natural places through our campaigns at the NPA. But protecting natural areas isn’t just about being loud through media coverage and campaigns. It also comes down to setting a good example to others when we’re out exploring.

We know we’re preaching to the converted here, but it’s worth refreshing the Leave No Trace Principles so you can clearly articulate them and their importance to others. Leave No Trace Australia is an organisation dedicated to inspiring and promoting responsible use of the outdoors through research, partnerships and education. The Leave No Trace guidelines describe best practice for visiting natural areas. They consist of seven principles:

Bushwalking: A natural tonic for the modern world

The physical benefits of exercise are well known, but did you know that nature-based activity is good for your mind too? Those amazing south coast national parks are more than just havens for flora and fauna, they are also part of the solution to a happier and healthier community.

From better concentration to more rapid recovery from illness to reduced feelings of anxiety and depression, taking time out in nature is proving time and again to be the ultimate tonic for today’s technology stressed society.