Watch: Video and Song Celebrate Responsible Wilderness Recreation

A new video highlighting decades of work to teach outdoor ethics features wilderness canoeist and singer-songwriter Jerry Vandiver and violinist Amberly Rosen. It also includes lots of inspiring footage of the Quetico-Superior region, and wild areas around the United States.

The video was produced by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the Boulder, Colo. organization that educates the public about the philosophy which started as “leave only footprints, take only photos.” Today, the organization says it’s simply about making good decisions to protect the world around you – the world we all enjoy.” The Leave No Trace Principles are:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

The “Leave No Trace” song was included on Vandiver’s 2012 album, True and Deep – Songs For The Heart Of The Paddler. Vandiver describes himself as having songwriting credits on more than 15 million records and “paddling credits on countless lakes and rivers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.”

Wilderness News published an article about a 30-year study of campsite impacts in the Boundary Waters – conducted by Leave No Trace co-founder and research Jeffrey Marion – in the Spring 2015 issue.

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