Leave No Trace In The News

As the popularity of the Mill Creek climbing area in the Bitterroot National Forest continues to increase, so do it's user impacts. The District Ranger is working with the climbers' coalition and members of the public to develop an educational program for Leave No Trace climbing.  Keep an eye out for the new brochures and posters later this spring at trailhead bulletin boards.

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Read about students from Western Kentucky University and the inclusion of Leave No Trace in their Outdoor Leadership Program curriculum.  

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Heritage Sites is one of the many ethics cards in the Leave No Trace curriculum and this month we are highlighting the Heritage Sites tag since November is Native American Heritage month. Leave No Trace plays a role in this month and throughout the year by advocating for proper appreciation and travel among or within Native American Heritage Sites. Whether you are visiting a National Park or monument, State Park, a National Forest, or any other type of public land containing Native American ruins or artifacts consider the tips below. 

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Leave No Trace has specific guidelines that coincide with our 7 principles for heritage sites so we can protect the precious resources.

In order to protect the sites, restrain your pets and pack animals when approaching heritage sites. Make sure to keep an eye on young children in the fragile sites as well. Check to make sure if you need a permit to visit a site or if you are required to visit a site with a ranger.

The walls of ruins can be stressed easily by people walking on them or climbing on them, be sure to stay off and keep the ruins intact for future generations. Avoid walking on Middens, which are ancient trash dumps that are usually soft dark soil near heritage sites.

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Leave artifacts were they are and don’t rearrange them. Altering the artifacts location can change their story for other visitors. Rather then removing artifacts, take a picture of them or sketch them.

Heritage sites are considered sacred to Native Americans and the sites should be respected. Graffiti vandalizes the sites and removing it can cause more damage to the site. Please leave your name or initials off of the sites.

One of the many government agencies involved in paying tribute to this important month with stories, collections, heritage sites, and educational resources is the National Park Service. Within the NPS site you can find resources for teaching and promoting Native American Heritage Month in your community.

Thanks for reading and remember to be Like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace.

Pat and TJ

Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2014 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Coleman, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.

Redlands Conservancy writes on the attendance of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers and their impact on the youth at Kids' Day Outdoors.

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Trumbull Times writes on the Tiger Cubs of Pack 164.  The Cubs hit the trails on Sunday, October 12th to clean up garbage and recyclables along a local river.  The first graders plan to take two more hikes while abiding by the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.

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Sierra Nevada College launched their 2014 Leave No Trace campaign on October 22nd!  Take the pledge, earn points and win prizes.  The campaign will run through December 9th and a grand prize will be awarded to the participant with the most points on December 10th!  Join the campaign online at www.facebook.com/events/1517496458492576/.  

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Laredo, TX: Check out the recent article by Courtney and Nick Bierschbach in Central Michigan University’s latest news letter! The full article can be found here on page 3!

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Leave No Trace’s Courtney and Nick Bierschbach are part of the 2014 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Coleman, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.

The fall Trails at 10 Series of Trail Excursions begins at 10 a.m. on October 11th with the Redlands Conservancy's participation in the California Coastal Cleanup Day.  Visit the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer's booth, attend their workshop and accompany them on a hike where they will provide a practical experience in practicing the Leave No Trace Seven Principles!  Be sure to check out other events listed in the article below!

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Holly Hays of the Indiana Daily Student writes on the importance of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethic's Seven Principles.  

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This weekend, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be sponsoring a special weekend-long wilderness celebration at the Hoosier National Forest.  Hoosier National Forest is one of eight endangered 'Hot Spots' in the nation and is facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage.  All members of the Indiana community are encouraged to attend!

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