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Development of the Leave No Trace Program in Australia

The goal of the Leave No Trace educational program is to avoid or minimise impacts to natural and cultural resources and help ensure a positive recreational experience for all visitors. Our land is a finite resource. Land managers face a perennial struggle in their efforts to achieve an appropriate balance between the competing mandates to preserve natural and cultural resources and provide high quality recreational use. Visitor education designed to instill low impact ethics and skills is a critical management component and is seen as a light handed approach that can reduce the need for more direct and regulatory forms of management.

The following document describes the development of the Leave No Trace program from its origins in the US and its implementation and progress in Australia.

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