Respecting ecology as a bushwalker means sticking to existing tracks, not ‘bush-bashing’ or ‘trailblazing’ as so many overenthusiastic bushwalking clubs culturally seem to persist with, as though compelled by a safari quest to tame Nature.
Thankfully, leapfrog innovations in outdoor technology continue, such that the retro machete-bonfire imperative – brainless exploiters, hoons, vandals – have been long rendered unjustifiable. Responsible walkers now stick to the tracks provided.
Respecting ecology as a bushwalker means walking quietly in small numbers (7 or less) through the natural environment as a guest in the home of local wildlife and habitat. One might just bare witness to wildlife this way.
Respecting ecology as a bushwalker means taking an inquisitive non-anthropocentric interest in the natural environment. Some call this philosophy ‘Deep Ecology’.
Respecting ecology as a bushwalker means giving wildlife personal space, leaving saplings, flora and bushrock intact.
Respecting ecology as a bushwalker means minimal impact – leaving no trace that you were ever there, no rubbish, no camp fire, no flattened/cleared ground where a tent had been, and any toileting 100m or more from a watercourse dug 15mm deep and backfilled.
Eco-bushwalking is simply respectful best practice bushwalking – a no brainer.