Our In The Field Commitment
To protecting Tasmania's wilderness
Minimal impact techniques: Minimal impact bushwalking techniques are used to reduce the effects that people have on the environment. This allows walkers to enjoy their natural surroundings without causing too much environmental degradation.
The use of fuel stoves: Tasmanian Expeditions only uses fuel stove, and guides ensure they only place stoves and hot pots on hard surfaces as some vegetation does not easily recover from the heat.
Pack it in - pack it out: All of our Tasmanian adventures have a pack it in – pack it our policy and we encourage our clients to pick up any rubbish they spot along the trails.
Stay on track: To protect the Tasmanian environment and our clients’ well-being, we stay on the formed track. If the track is braided or wide our groups stay in the middle, and if there is no track our groups fan out and do not follow in each other's footsteps.
Campsite etiquette: Our groups use established camping sites, such as raised platforms or well worn camping sites instead of pitching on untarnished land. Once camp is established, our groups minimise their movements to reduce their trace on the environment.
Flora and fauna: Our groups do not disturb or feed nesting birds or browsing animals.
Keep streams and lakes clean: We advise travellers on how to keep the water sources unpolluted by taking washing water 100m away from a water source to only use bio-degradable soap.We bring a portable kitchen sink so we can contain the water, strain it then either place it in grey water traps provided by the Parks & Wildlife Service or spread the water on less delicate areas and place the food scraps into the compostable toilets and /or carry out.
Promote public environmental awareness: Our guides encourage and promote an understanding of conservation through interpretation natural and historic values, and ensure our presence has no effect on historic, Aboriginal and archaeological locations.
Removal of human waste: On trips like the Franklin River Rafting expedition, our environmental practices require that we remove all solid human waste. We have developed compact portable toilet and waste carrying solutions such as ‘the poo-tube’ so we can remove human waste. In other areas where bush toilets are allowed, our policies state toileting must be at least 50m from the nearest water source to protect the environment from pollution.
Plant pathogen protection: To help stop the spread of Phytophthora we ensure our travellers clean their gear including boots, tent pegs, gaiters and tent floor, before and after a trek. We use wash down stations when they are provided on track. At the end of the walk we thoroughly wash down all equipment.
Human food drops: To minimise impact our food drops are rotated from sites to enable rainforest to regenerate. Food drops are vermin & weather proof. 95% of our trips employ locals to make food drops rather than utilize helicopters – thus reducing carbon emissions.
Reduction of weed infestations: In previous years we have worked with our parent company – World Expeditions - on several Franklin River Clean Up projects to remove noxious weeds so that it can remain one of the world’s great wilderness rivers. On other trips, guides are able to identify and safely remove weed incursions.
Development of facilities that reduce visitor impact: Development of a series of group camping platforms – in careful conjunction with the Parks & Wildlife service – in the World Heritage Area listed Walls of Jerusalem National Park. These reduce the visitor impact on this extremely sensitive and pristine alpine environment.
Members of a conservation group: Tasmanian Expeditions are an active member of The Wilderness Society and have helped in the campaign to end logging and wood chipping of Tasmania’s high conservation value forests, as well as been involved in the lobbying against the controversial proposed pulp mill in the Tamar valley.
Assistance with monitoring environmental impacts on sites being visited: Our guides complete trip reports which detail and help monitor any problems encountered. This gives the operations staff a valuable insight into track conditions, campsites and other potential impact areas, and information is passed on to the relevant authorities.
Assistance with research on visitor impacts on sites being visited: Tasmanian Expeditions regularly participates in relevant Parks & Wildlife Service surveys to help assess the visitor impacts on sites used.
Bulk purchasing: This policy was brought in to make prep easier for our guides, lessen the costs for our food, lessen the amount of wastage by having a set menu so things are reused on multiple trips.