Leave No Trace Killed Woodcraft… Almost!

It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to find land where one can practice true woodcrafting without breaking some sort of law. And depending on the state, or region of the state, one is remanded to practicing in their backyards. Of course, depending on what you are doing that also seems to break local codes and laws as well.

One of the most prophesied philosophies in the outdoor world is LNT (Leave No Trace). And while on the surface it looks and feels like it is all good and well in candy land and it is a way to preserve the natural outdoors, is it really doing what it hopes to accomplish? Many would say yes, but this article from Masterwoodsman.com delves deeper into what the impact really is


You are likely familiar with Leave No Trace (LNT), if not the organization, at least the concept it promotes in that there are set of principles to enjoy the outdoors responsiblywhile minimizing environmental impacts. Interestingly, the organization is very strict when it comes to the use of the copyrighted term, it’s logo, and their Seven Principals. Therefore, please take note this article is for educational purposes. That being said, The Seven Principles of LNT in short form are below, but I strongly encourage you to visit their webpage HERE for the details, as in this article, we will be discussing the impact LNT has had on outdoor living skills, especially woodcraft.

The Seven Principals of LNT

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

A Brief History of LNT…

Currently, LNT is a non-profit organization founded in 1994, but it was originally created by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in the 1960s to address an increasing public land-use. By the 1980s it was a formal program emphasizing wilderness ethics, sustainable travel, and camping practices. In the early 1990s, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) contributed “hands-on, science-based minimum impact education training for non-motorized recreational activities.” ALL THIS according to LNT’s history.


For the rest of the article visit http://masterwoodsman.com/2015/leave-no-trace/

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