“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
Leave No Trace
Wild places are our sacred areas, our peaceful zones. We take leave-no-trace outdoor ethics and sustainability practices very seriously here at Cascadia Expeditions and teach all our clients about ways to minimize our footprint and serve as stewards of this immensely valuable resource.
What is “Leave-no-trace”?
Leave- No-Trace is a core philosophy, promoting sustainability and conservation in the outdoors. Leave-No-Trace is a collection of 7 principles, designed to change people’s behavior when recreating in the outdoors, resulting in responsible, non-motorized outdoor activities with minimal impact on environmental recreation areas.
How Can You Do Your Part?
Here are the 7 Principles, along with what you can do to help preserve our wild places in perpetuity.
Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Learn about site-specific issues, regulations and permits
- Use a guidebook and map to plan your trip
- Schedule your trip at appropriate timing for water flow, snow melt, etc.
- Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies
- Schedule your trips at times that avoid high-use (weekday vs. weekends, etc.)
- Repackage food to minimize waste
- Know your wilderness skills and carry the necessary equipment to minimize your impact
Travel & Camp On Durable Surfaces
- Durable surfaces include rock, sand and gravel
- Focus where vegetation is absent
- Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites
- Select campsites large enough for your group
- Walk single-file on trail, even when it’s muddy
- Disperse use in pristine areas to prevent creation of new campsites and trails
- Leave campsites clean and natural looking
Dispose of Waste Properly
- Pack it in, Pack it out
- Use a washable, reusable toilet or other approved method to pack out human waste
- Liquid wastes can be dumped into main current (rivers) in many high volume rivers. In low water rivers (under 500 cfs) scatter liquid waste 200 ft from water; away from camp and trails. Check local regulations
- Use a tarp in the kitchen to catch food and trash, which attract unwanted animals
- Pack out all small food particles and small pieces of trash
Leave What You Find
- Appreciate ancient structures, artifacts rock art and other natural objects, but do not disturb them
- Do not build structures, take down trees or dig ditches in campsites
- Avoid introducing non-native species of plants and animals (live bait, discarding fruits, etc.)
Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Minimize campfire impacts by using stoves
- Use of fire pan or designated fire ring for open fires and charcoal
- Elevate fire pan and use a fire blanket to catch embers
- Use dead and downed wood no larger than an adult’s wrist to keep the fire small
- Consider brining your own firewood and charcoal
- Burn all wood and charcoal to ash. Carry out ash with other garbage
- Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them
- Never feed wildlife, it damages their health, alters natural behaviors and exposes them to predators and other dangers
- Protect wildlife by storing food and trash securely
- Control pets or leave them at home
- Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting or when food is scarce
Be Considerate Of Other Visitors
- Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience
- Communicate with other visitors about your river, climbing or camping plans
- Leave larger camps for larger groups
- Avoid camping or eating near major rapids where scouting and portaging take place
- Non-motorized crafts usually have right-of-way over powerboats; slower boats should keep to the right.
- Let nature’s sounds prevail.