Nominations Open for Hot Spots

Nominate a Leave No Trace Hot Spot for 2019

Now Through May 31.

Nominate an outdoor area for a week-long education and

training program from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in 2019.

April 10, 2018, Boulder, Colo.: Beginning April 10 through May 31st, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is calling for nominations for the 2019 Hot Spot program. Hot Spots identifies areas suffering from the severe impacts of outdoor activities that can thrive again with Leave No Trace solutions. Each location receives a unique blend of education programs, service projects, follow-up programs and more. The result is areas on the road to a healthy and sustainable recovery with site-specific Leave No Trace tools in place.

In its seventh year, the Leave No Trace Hot Spot program has helped dozens of damaged public lands regain their health and long-term sustainability. By identifying and working with Hot Spots across the nation, we rapidly move toward recovery and protection of these places and their American heritage into the future.  

The Center intends to do the following:

1. Nominations are accepted April 10 – May 31, with up to 20 Hot Spots being selected for 2019.

2. Nominations will be accepted from land managers, youth serving and educational organizations, partners, members, individuals, and governmental agencies for areas with recreation-related impacts that could be successfully mitigated through effective Leave No Trace programs.

3. Chosen Hot Spots will receive the following:  

  • Consultation on solutions and program implementation from the Center.
  • A week-long set of programs lead by expert Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers.
  • Training workshops for volunteers, employees, and key members of the community.
  • Locally-tailored programs to meet site-specific needs.
  • Leave No Trace educational materials.
  • Volunteer citizen monitoring programs.
  • Assistance in putting the Leave No Trace program into action.

Watch this video from our 2017 Hot Spot in San Marcos, TX: 


Nominate a Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Nomination Deadline: May 31, 2018 for 2019 Hot Spot Program.