Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Leave No Trace is for all people and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recognizes that every person’s relationship with the outdoors and the natural world is unique and personal. We believe in and are committed to working towards a world in which everyone is safe and welcome in the outdoors, in which all are equally included, represented, and have equal access to cultivate the personal connection that can inspire people to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.  We strive to continually evolve as individuals, an organization, and as an ethic as we commit to work towards diversity, equity and inclusion.

Leave No Trace acknowledges that the lands we enjoy through our outdoor activities are the traditional and ancestral lands of Indigenous People and Nations. Our intention in this acknowledgement is to honor cultural ways of stewarding the land, practiced from ancient times to this day.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Staff Working Group, with input from staff and board, has developed in-depth goals to move the Center and Leave No Trace Community forward in this commitment to change. 

Action items currently underway: 

  • Hired DEI consultants to help with Human Resources in order to ensure job postings are inclusive and non-discriminatory.
  • Assigned readings and discussion time during our bi-monthly staff meetings to encourage internal discussion, awareness, and knowledge around the intersection of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with outdoor recreation.
  • Worked with other organizations/individuals to update and develop additional Spanish language programs and educational materials that will be continuously revised for relevancy. 
  • Executive Director, Dana Watts, signed the Outdoor Industry CEO Diversity Pledge with intentionality towards fostering inclusivity in our staff, work, and across the industry. 
  • All staff have attended JEDI training in the past twelve months, and are actively encouraged to continue doing so.
  • Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices and metrics into the Strategic Planning currently underway at the Center.

Immediate next steps include:

  • Engaging an equity consultant to review our proposed goals and to help guide our next steps.
  • An internal audit/review of our human resources and hiring practices, followed by review from an outside equity consultant. Continued revising of our hiring practices with the goal of increasing staff and board diversity to better reflect the demographics of the outdoor community.
  • Actively working with partners and others to critically examine Leave No Trace language and training with the goal of building more inclusive and welcoming programs.
  • Updating the Principles to more clearly outline anti-racist and inclusive practices within outdoor ethics.
  • Expanding on and developing consistent Native Land Acknowledgements to be used across our platforms and as a part of appropriate trainings.
  • Evaluation and elimination of problematic/outdated terminology used in Center publications. 

Working to make outdoor spaces inclusive and accessible is fundamental to the core mission of Leave No Trace – to ensure a sustainable future for the outdoors and the planet for all people, present and future. 

Let’s protect and enjoy our natural world together

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