Orienteering Ottawa is putting together an environmental policy document to help with our various discussions with land owners / managers.
Any suggestions for things to put in there?
While not a complete list here are some points we already have covered:
*avoid using terrains at sensitive times of the year as per the advice of experts
*avoid designing courses that take participants where we are likely to cause erosion
*include recycling and composting at all events in addition to garbage
*avoid using wild terrains (I.e. not urban parks, campuses, etc) more than once per season
A safe area for large animals on the map (or next to the map), and/or routing courses so that they flush animals in the same direction to that area?
Cascade OC has a good one
. Also, there are a number of useful documents
Not sure if it fits with your policy needs, but here we now have an MOU with the local first peoples group.
Be careful with this:
avoid designing courses that take participants where we are likely to cause erosion
It could be interpreted as anywhere on a steep to moderate slope within proximity if a watercouse or any other drainage feature, on soils which are dispersive etc
Best to have a cover all to avoid environmentally and culturally sensitive areas
Dontgetlost had one posted online but I don't see it on the new website. Maybe Hammer has a copy? I think he wrote it.
MNOC's Come clean, leave clean
policy is a good one for all clubs to include.