Dr Edwards said the seven principles of LNT – plan ahead, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimise campfire impacts, respect wildfire and be considerate of yourself, hosts and other visitors – were in harmony with CALM’s objectives in providing visitor facilities and services on conservation lands.
“LNT provides a program for the education of visitors to natural and cultural heritage areas and its use by CALM will complement the range of interpretative programs and education experiences already developed by the Department,” she said.
“The MOU will further assist CALM and LNT identify common areas of interest and collaboration in promoting the minimal impact message throughout the State,” she said.
Dr Edwards said CALM staff already undertake professional training and development in the skills and ethics of LNT and this would be further expanded under the MOU.
“CALM will also provide opportunities for LNT to distribute resources at CALM outlets and visitor centres.”
Leave No Trace Managing Director Omar Skiles said that LNT Australia greatly appreciated the support received from CALM in assisting to implement LNT.
“The support for a national minimal impact public education program from State and Federal governments, and the tourism industry is essential for bio-diversity protection,” he said.
Dr Edwards said the MOU brings together the common aims and interests of CALM and LNT to provide minimal impact educational information to users of the public conservation estate and the wider community resulting in benefits for both Western Australians and visitors.
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