leave no trace

We love to be out in nature camping, hiking, or just enjoying everything it has to offer. It is a place that many of us go to get away from what most call “life.” Sadly others not so much. Others go to vandalize, trash, and even worse, disturb our ecosystems and those who live amongst it. I want to go over Leave No Trace’s Seven Principles for these various reasons. I feel that by raising awareness on the issue and spreading light on these principles we can have a positive impact on our planet.

You can find the seven principles here.


The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of the Leave No Trace program. They provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. The principles have been adapted so they can be applied in your backyard or your backcountry.

Note: click any of the headers below for a much deeper explanation on each principle.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Dispose of Waste Properly

Leave What You Find

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Minimize Campfire Impacts

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Respect Wildlife

Be Considerate of Other Visitors


There are many things that you can do to make a difference and have a positive impact on our world. Here are a few things that you can do to help reduce our footprint in nature.

Disclaimer: The Walking Mermaid is in no way affiliated with Leave No Trace. TWM is a blog focused on spreading awareness on certain enviromental issues in our world. TWM highly believes that these seven principles will help preserve our world and the natural habitats you visit. All of the principles are copyrighted to Leave No Trace. You can view copyright guidelines here.

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