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Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

20 Jul 2015, Posted by Krause Springs in News

We need your help!

 

Krause Springs Waterfall - Todd Dwyer

Original photo by Scott Dwyer via FlickrCC By-SA 2.0

We have been noticing that more and more visitors are not practicing the 7 “Leave No Trace” principles. Specifically the one about disposing of waste properly. We have installed numerous trash bins around our property, yet some of our guests are being disrespectful to nature, other guests and the Krause family by discarding their trash wherever it is most convenient for them.

Our springs are operated with a minimal number of employees to keep our costs low. And several members of the Krause family are regularly putting in many hours to maintain the land and property. If we were to hire additional help to clean up after everyone, this would undoubtedly raise the price of admission for all guests, even if they only worked on busier days.

This land is privately owned by the Krause’s and we invite everyone to come out and enjoy our little oasis. But we expect the same amount of respect for our property as you would your own. If we reverse roles and you have people over to your pool or home who leave empty cans, cigarette butts, food wrappers, dirty diapers, etc. everywhere except the trash can, you will probably be inclined to not let those people return.

People have enjoyed our unique little paradise for decades and we want to continue that tradition for many years to come, but we need your help to keep it in great condition. This includes cleaning up after yourself in the bathrooms, keeping our picnic and BBQ areas clean for the next guests, keeping our man made pool area clean and free of trash, cleaning up your campsite and most important keeping the natural pool clean and free of trash. “Pack it in. Pack it out.” If you can lug a cooler full of ice and refreshments down to the natural pool, you should be able to easily carry the empty containers back to the top and to the nearest trash bin!

The 7 principles of “Leave No Trace” don’t just apply to campers, but to everyone visiting our property. They are as follows:

  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

You can read more details about each of the 7 principles here: The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Most of our guests are respectful and some even take the initiative to clean up other’s trash, and we can’t thank those people enough. It only takes a few bad apples to ruin the whole barrel. We don’t want the actions of a few to ruin the experience for many. Please clean up after yourself, and if you see someone being disrespectful, don’t hesitate to call them out, because we are all sharing this environment together.

Original photo by Mandy Shelton via FlickrCC By 2.0

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