For many people the outdoors and campfires are a valued part of camping. Whilst the warm outer glow of a campfire is quite tempting, the impacts that they cause are not readily apparent as site degradation accumulates over time. Campfires cause the depletion of available homes and nutrients for wildlife, scarring and death of plants, sterilisation of the soil surface and structural damage, and the visual scarring of sites through the accumulation of charred and incombustible rubbish (eg. food scraps, tins, aluminium foil, plastic, cigarette butts, etc.). For this reason Rafting Tasmania, uses portable fuel stoves.
Dishes are washed using environmentally friendly detergents away from the river. Bathing and/or doing the dishes in or close to watercourses may contaminate the water source. In most instances these activities may increase nutrient levels, primarily nitrogen and phosphorous, or introduce coliform bacteria which may directly effect human health. Maintaining a pure and clean water supply is a priority for us.