Five Great Leave No Trace News Stories from 2017

Boulder, CO: Sure, 2017 may be remembered as the year that “fake news” entered the popular vocabulary, but journalism isn’t dead yet. The five news items below surely rank among the feel-good Leave No Trace stories of the year. 


Illustration by Michael Byers for 5280 magazine. 

Are We Loving Colorado's Wild Places to Death?
Published by 5280 magazine, this feature story includes great illustrations, photography and an in-depth look at Leave No Trace's efforts in Colorado's high country—including the Center's 2017 Hot Spots work at Conundrum Hot Springs. 

A Tranquil Swimming Hole is Overwhelmed by Its Own Internet Fame 
The Old Grey Lady (New York Times) offered this account of the Traveling Trainers and a successful Hot Spots campaign in the Catskills region of Upstate New York. 

Is Instagram Ruining the Great Outdoors? 
This story, published by Outside magazine, addresses the issue of social media popularizing outdoor areas, sometimes in irresponsible ways. It also points out the need for educating people about Leave No Trace and quotes the Center's staff. 

Colorado Tourism Office Cements Partnership with Sustainability Group 
Denver Business Journal covered the Center's first-of-its-kind partnership with the Colorado Tourism Office to help build a statewide Leave No Trace program for visitors and residents who take advantage of Colorado’s rich recreational resources.

Does Your Phone Help, or Hurt Your Relationship, with Nature?  
Continuing the theme of social media affecting how we interact with the natural world, this story appeared in a supplement to USA Today, helping spread the Leave No Trace message to millions of readers.