Minnesota State Advocate Rita Hussman Honored With Presidential Award

Boulder, Colorado: Rita Hussman vividly recalls the day she received a call from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics letting her know that she had been chosen to be the new Minnesota State Advocate — she was in the middle of teaching a Leave No Trace workshop to children at Metropolitan State University. It's that kind of constant dedication that helped her recently earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

“I don’t think of what I do as volunteering because it's so critical,” Rita said of her Leave No Trace volunteer experience. “There is no question that, now more than ever before, all people need to be aware of the impact we have on our environment.”
 
The award, “recognizes, celebrates and holds up as role model Americans making a positive impact as engaged and deeply committed volunteers.” Hussman received a gold-level honor, which means she has volunteered over 500 hours of her time in the past year. It's the highest honor in this category other than the Lifetime Achievement award.
 
Hussman has volunteered with Leave No Trace since 2006, working for more than a decade to promote outdoor ethics as State Advocate and leader of the Minnesota Chapter of Leave No Trace. She plans to continue her efforts to teach Leave No Trace and contribute to the state's thriving recreation scene.