Our Moop Map for Burning Seed 2018 is now live! Please read below for some important information on why MOOP prevention is so important, why we release a map and what the different status assigned to camps and areas mean (and what this means for those camps at Seed 2019).
So what's the big deal with MOOP
We call Matong State Forest home for a week (or more) - however it is home to numerous plants and animals all year round. Leave No Trace is one of the 10 principles of Burning Seed and ensures that we leave Matong in the same (or better) condition than when we arrived. MOOP (matter our of place) is anything that we leave behind at Matong State Forest that should not be there.
Who is responsible for MOOP
Every. Single. Person. That's right - if you go to Seed, you are responsible for MOOP. This means taking everything away with you, educating others if you see them leaving trash behind and generally being a good burner 🙂 We educate the community on MOOP throughout the year via Facebook posts, blog posts and have sections about MOOP in both our Survival Guide and What, Where, When Guide.
You can read more about Leave No Trace and MOOP at http://burningseed.com/leave-no-trace/
MOOP at Burning Seed 2018 - Some Stats
The team spent 4 days MOOPing. This consisted of 15 people on the Wednesday, 5 on Thursday, 2 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Here is just some of what they found:
- 8 large garbage bags of poop - yep poop
- 8 bicycles
- 2 pallet loads of lost property
- 1 tent with all the trimmings
- 3 star pickets
- 2 boxes full of rubbish
- 1 car battery
- 1,000,000 vomits, cigarette butts, sequins, tent pegs, food scraps, cable/zip ties (not actually a million but A LOT)
What is the MOOP map?
Every year our MOOP teams scour the Burning Seed side at the end of the event. They chat with camps, educate people and ensure that all MOOP is taken care of. After everyone leaves they do a thorough sweep of the whole site, and record any MOOP that has been found (including taking photos). Theme Camps and general camping areas then receive a green, yellow, red or black status.
What do the different status' mean?
- Green - bestowed with the honorary title 'MOOP Angels', a green status means your area contained no MOOP at all!
- Yellow - means your area contained up to a tea cups worth of MOOP.
- Orange - your area contained more than a tea-cups worth, but less than 1/2 buckets worth of MOOP.
- Red - bestowed with the title 'MOOP POOS', a red status is given if your area contained a buckets worth of MOOP, or if there were any fire hot spots (not allowed at Seed) or glaring piles of cigarette butts.
- Black - a significant amount of MOOP was found.
Across 67 Theme Camps, the ratings awarded are as follows:
- 1 Black
- 3 Red
- 7 Orange
- 17 Yellow
- 39 Green
What happens if I received a yellow, orange or red status?
Camps who received a yellow status will receive a point against them, carried over into 2019. Camps with an orange status may not receive 1/2 their grant for 2019. Camps with a red status may not receive any theme camp grants 2019.
How about black status?
The infamous black status is given to a camp that left a considerable amount of MOOP behind or destruction of the theme camp area. Theme Camps who receive a black status will not be invited to bring their camp back to Seed 2019. You will also be shown as black on the MOOP Map.
What are the interaction symbols all about?
This year, our MOOP crew have added an interaction rating to each of the Theme Camps within the map. After the event ends and during pack down, the LNT Team do a preliminary sweep of the site. Each of the theme camps are required to make an appointment with LNT before leaving site, where LNT will point out if MOOPing is going well, say needs to be improved and suggest anything else to consider.
Some Theme Camps welcome LNT with open arms - and others do not. Therefore LNT have rated their experience with the camp from amazing to rude! If a Theme Camp didn't make an appointment and LNT didn't get to talk to them, then the interaction is simply 'No Show'. We feel the ratings are really important for the following reasons:
- A camp could have left no MOOP and achieved a green status - and yet been rude or unhelpful, or taken a lot of work to get there.
- Equally, a camp could have received. yellow, orange or red status - and yet been very polite and super helpful.
How do I use the map?
The map is at the bottom of this post in a small frame along with the icon key.
- To view the list of theme camps and camping areas, click on this button.
- If you want to view the map full screen and launch in a separate window, click on this button.
Click on a theme camp or area, either using the map itself or the list, to see photos of any applicable MOOP (orange, red and black) and an icon showing the rating for the interaction with this camp. Some camps may have multiple photos attached.
Can we see the MOOP Map already?
Ummmm.... its right below.