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Leave No Trace


The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics programme was first established in the U.S.A. in the 1980s. Its premise was the awareness that many people were accessing the outdoors for recreational activities but that this was causing a lot of impact on the environment. The Center has developed an educational course which aims to teach the principles of Leave No Trace so that damage can be reduced or prevented by better-informed recreationalists.

The seven principles at the heart of Leave No Trace are:
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimise campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

In early 2005, an LNT educator from the USA came to Scotland and led a Master Educator course for various organisations & to understand how the course can be transferred into a Scottish context.
The National Trust for Scotland now has a trained Master Educator in LNT and we hope to develop the above set of principles both when informing visitors & in our land management. Glencoe is one of the properties where these principles are being adopted.
Clearing up Litter
Clearing up Litter

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