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Quapaw Leave No Trace 
Outdoor Ethics Committee



Quapaw Outdoor Ethics Committee is committed to preserving our nation’s natural areas through our partnership with Leave No Trace, the organization that is dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people.

Visit www.LNT.org to get more involved.

Quapaw Outdoor Ethics Committee Mission Statement

We are Leave No Trace educators working together to teach 

outdoor ethics and skills to scouts, their leaders and the outdoor community.

What So Important About Leave No Trace In Scouting?

The Boy Scouts of America have adopted the Leave No Trace for Outdoor Ethics principles in their rank advancements as well as the National Camping Standards. The standards require that at least one camp staff member must be a Leave No Trace Trainer or Leave No Trace Master Educator. Also, a Leave No Trace awareness course of trainer course must be offered to leaders and campers.

BSA Camp Standards For Outdoor Ethics           
BSA Camp Standards for Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Trained Staff and Course Offerings

Why minimize campfires impacts?Soil life

Did you know that there can be more than 100 species of soil animals living in a handful of soil? Coloroado State University soil biologist Diana Wall tells the National Science Foundation that there’s more to life below ground than meets the eye. Follow this link to the National Science Foundation video with Dr. Walls explaning this study:

Study Reveals Diversity of Life in Soils

Down the rabbit hole: a new world
of creatures awaits beneath the surface

Don’t Move Firewood

One of the most important things we can do to protect trees in the forest is stop moving invasive pests and diseases to new areas from imported firewood. Campers can accidentally spread invasive species and pests when transporting firewood. It’s really that simple- don't move firewood, and keep trees healthy and alive. The Arkansas Forestry Commission has made a request to the Quapaw Outdoor Ethics Committee to help them promote the message of the hazards of moving firewood. Check out this video:  "What Would You Do With Firewood?"


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