#GivingTuesday - 5 Reasons Why You Should Support Leave No Trace

San Francisco, CA: This #GivingTuesday, we reflect on why Leave No Trace is so important. As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, we have had the opportunity to visit some of the country’s most pristine natural treasures. From cool, clear mountain streams to arid, resilient desert landscapes, spending time in our public lands inspires a deep sense of connection, humility and stewardship in us.

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Protecting these special places is more important than ever. As we travel and camp across the country, we’ve witnessed the tragic consequences that result from uninformed visitors. We have seen abandoned fires left burning in pits choked with trash, sensitive plants and soils destroyed by people walking off trail, wild animals become aggressive due to feeding from well-intentioned picnickers, and the scars of vandalism change our historical sites forever. Without Leave No Trace education, we risk loving our favorite places to death and losing them forever. Our mission is more important than ever!

This year boasted record numbers of people getting outside. Some areas are seeing as much as a 500 percent increase in visitation, without increased staff or financial support. Land managers, rangers, and park stewards are desperate for help to protect these special places. Leave No Trace education is a pro-active and positive solution that mitigates negative impacts before they become a problem.

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You can support our work by joining as a member today! Leave No Trace is the leading organization committed to educating and empowering people to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Here are a five more reasons why you should support Leave No Trace this #GivingTuesday.

1.     Leave No Trace is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program in the world. Our programming is the only outdoor ethics program used on public lands and waterways; from our national parks and state parks, to all federal lands and local recreation sites.

2.     Our extensive, evidence based curriculum of Leave No Trace skills and ethics is tailored towards children and adults, and can be applied to any eco-system or outdoor activity.

3.     With the number of outdoor visits reaching in the billions each year, the Center needs your voice to empower more outdoor enthusiasts with the skills and ethics to enjoy the outdoors. Join our 7,000 members and 98,500 volunteers in educating the public about responsible recreation.

4.     81 cents of every dollar goes directly into education and outreach programs, ensuring that your donation supports direct action and positive change.

5.     Members receive great deals from our Leave No Trace business partners. Subaru offers up to $3,000 off of a new car while Big Agnes gives members a 25 percent discount on their gear.

Thanks for choosing to support Leave No Trace this #GivingTuesday. Together we can inspire stewardship and responsible recreation for generations to come!  

 

Have fun.  Be safe.  Leave No Trace.

Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2016 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, REI, Fjallraven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, Taxa Outdoors and SmartWool.