Boulder, CO: Is there an outdoor area in the country that you love and want to see an increase in Leave No Trace education facilitated throughout the land management agencies, guiding companies that utilize the area, and visitors that recreate on that land? Do you have a favorite trail, mountain, beach, canyon, forest, or river that is degraded by litter, trampling, campfire scars, human and dog waste, impacts to wildlife, or inconsiderate visitors and you don’t know how to mitigate these impacts? A Leave No Trace Hot Spot is the answer!
You can nominate a Leave No Trace “Hot Spot” anywhere in the nation; no area (city park, open space land, national park, US Forest land) is too big or too small. This program supports community-driven projects on public lands that work to improve the condition of a designated Hot Spot using Leave No Trace education, resources, volunteers and training.
The Center intends to do the following:
1. Accept nominations from people, land managers, youth serving and educational organizations, partners, members, and governmental agencies for areas – Leave No Trace Hot Spots – that have recreation-related impacts that could be successfully mitigated through effective Leave No Trace programs.
2. Nominations are accepted through August 15, 2015, with up to 15 Hot Spots being chosen for 2016.
3. Chosen Hot Spots will receive the following:
• Consultation on solutions and program implementation from the Center
• A week-long visit from the expert Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers
• Training workshops for volunteers, employees, and key members of the community
• Locally-tailored programs to meet site-specific needs
• Educational materials
• Volunteer citizen monitoring programs
• Assistance in putting the Leave No Trace program into action
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2015
Thanks for reading and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace.
Pat and TJ - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer West Central Team
Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2015 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, Deuter, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool, The North Face, and Yakima.