Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    WA joins forces on outdoor recreation in natural areas

    25/10/2005 12:00 AM

    Western Australia has joined forces with Leave No Trace Australia to encourage and inspire responsible outdoor recreation and travel throughout the State’s conservation lands.

    Environment Minister Dr Judy Edwards today announced that the Department of Conservation and Land Management had signed a memorandum of understanding with the national non-profit organisation as part of its strategy to increase public awareness of how to minimise the impacts of visiting conservation areas.

    “Tourism in WA is growing at a rapid rate with most tourists wanting to experience the State’s varied natural attractions, many of which are on our national parks and other conservation lands,” Dr Edwards said.

    “A key priority for CALM is integrating tourism and recreation with conservation goals and an important part of this is encouraging people to minimise their impact on the environment.

    “This MoU will significantly assist in this approach and formalises an ongoing partnership between CALM and Leave No Trace.”

    Dr Edwards said the seven principles of Leave No Trace: 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.

    “Leave No Trace provides a program for the education of visitors to natural and cultural heritage areas and its use by CALM will complement the range of interpretive programs and education experiences already developed by the department,” she said.

    “The MoU will further assist CALM and Leave No Trace to identify common areas of interest and collaboration in promoting the minimal impact message throughout the State.”

    Leave No Trace managing director Cameron Crowe said the organisation appreciated the support received from CALM in assisting to implement the Leave No Trace Australia strategy.

    “The support for a national minimal impact public education program from State and Federal governments, and the tourism industry is essential for biodiversity protection,” he said.

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