Leave No Trace Is Successful

Mammoth Lakes, CA: December is well upon us; The time of year where we gather with family, celebrate the holidays and enjoy being cozy around the fire. With this comes a natural period of reflection. We look back on our accomplishments and perhaps ponder our goals ahead. In thinking about this in relation to Leave No Trace, it is not always so immediately clear whether or not we have made a difference. You see, if Leave No Trace is successful, you can't always visualize it because there would not be any signs of impacts. In addition, most people are transient visitors to the places they recreate, making it difficult to see changes over time. With that said, through research and communication we are happy to know that we are in fact having a positive effect on our natural spaces. In the video and description below we highlight some of the successful outcomes of Leave No Trace education.

Leave No Trace training significantly improves people’s knowledge, ethics and behavior in the outdoors. Research shows that, 85% of those trained in Leave No Trace extend it to others in their communities. Leave No Trace research also highlights these specific outcomes:

  • Dramatic litter reduction and less degradation of plant species.

  • Wildlife interactions that don’t harm or harass animals in their natural habitats.

  • Increased personal stewardship of public and other natural lands.

Furthermore, based on Leave No Trace research initiatives at Colorado State University, State University of New York at Cortland and University of Idaho we have concluded that: 

  • When an outdoor enthusiast understands how Leave No Trace protects the environment, they are far more likely to practice Leave No Trace on future outings.

  • The Leave No Trace PEAK Program improves kids’ understanding of the appropriate decisions and actions needed to Leave No Trace.

  • The advanced Leave No Trace training is an effective educational tool to protect the environment. Three months after Master Educator Training, participants showed an improvement in Leave No Trace knowledge, ethics, confidence and judgment.

In a nutshell, Leave No Trace connects people with the lands they use and enjoy in a crucial movement to help prevent environmental damage before it occurs. We confirmed this in a recent Facebook post when we asked followers to tell us how practicing Leave No Trace has made a difference in their favorite outdoor place. Their responses provided more proof that Leave No Trace is successful. Enjoy their stories and feel free to add yours to comment section below. 

So as we wrap up this year, we are grateful for all of your support in helping us be successful. Thank you Leave No Trace stewards! 

Helping keep our wilderness wild,

Jenna and Sam - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team West

Leave No Trace’s Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett 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.