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Feb 05, 2015

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, our national mobile education program, are conducting the following training events across the country in February and March.  We hope to see you at an event!

Check out the Team Calendars - sort by team or by your state for the most up to date event listings.

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For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar. We hope to see you on the road!

 

Arizona:

  • Hiking Guides Training Seminar – Grand Canyon
  • Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff
  • Saguaro National Park Hot Spot Week – Tucson
  • South Mountain Preserve – Phoenix
  • REI Outdoor School – Phoenix
  • Girl Scout World Thinking Day – Phoenix
  • Pima Canyon Trailhead – Phoenix
  • Arizona State University Outdoor Club – Tempe
  • Scout o Rama - Glendale

 

California:

  • San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department – San Francisco
  • Subaru Legacy Winter Getaway – Twentynine Palms
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Idyllwild
  • Climbers Coffee – Joshua Tree National Park
  • Landers Elementary School – Landers
  • James Workman Middle School – Cathedral City
  • California State University – San Bernardino – San Bernardino
  • Big Bear Middle School – Big Bear Lake
  • Big Bear Discovery Center – Fawnskin
  • Inyo National Forest – Lone Pine
  • WinterWonderGrass – N. Tahoe
  • Third Annual Leave No Trace Awareness Day - Yucaipa

 

Nevada:

  • Incline Elementary School – Incline Village

 

Texas:

  • Hueco Rock Rodeo – Hueco
  • San Antonio River Authority – San Antonio
  • Medina River Natural Area – San Antonio
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Trainer Course – El Paso
  • Travis County Parks Hot Spot Week - Spicewood
Feb 04, 2015

As part of a national campaign to establish a Leave No Trace outdoor ethic across the country, 12 diverse sites are chosen to set Leave No Trace in Every Park into motion.

Hot Spot 1_0.jpgJanuary 30, 2015 (Boulder, Colo.) With millions visiting the outdoors, never before has there been such a need for Leave No Trace education. In response, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has just selected 12 scenic and popular sites as “Hot Spots.” Hot Spots are areas that have experienced visitor-created impacts including excessive trash, damage to vegetation and trees, trail erosion, and disturbance to wildlife.  These Hot Spots, part of Leave No Trace’s new, multi-year campaign called Leave No Trace in Every Park, will bring Leave No Trace to life with education and outreach programs that work to turn the tide on long-term damage to nature.

Leave No Trace Hot Spots raise community awareness and bring solutions to popular natural areas around the country facing heavy recreational use and, consequently, the threat of harm to parks, forests and protected areas. The Center’s education team supports the program, as does its Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers who will visit each of the 12 sites to provide training programs, service projects and general education about how people can reduce impacts while enjoying our nation's shared outdoor places.

“We look at the cumulative effect of recreational use. The bottom line is that our favorite outdoor spaces are impacted over time,” according to Ben Lawhon, Leave No Trace’s Education Director. “In most cases, the land impact is not due to a malicious intent to harm nature and wildlife. Instead, it’s simply the lack of information and Leave No Trace education.”

In late 2014, the Center received 83 nominations for Hot Spots, and has selected 12 geographically and ecologically diverse sites, nationwide. Volunteers will participate in community based projects in their parks, and the Center will engage with partners and friends’ groups around the nation to begin activating Leave No Trace in communities far and wide.

According to U.S. Forest Service’s Stacy Duke, “The Leave No Trace Hot Spot program was an excellent service provided to the Hoosier National Forest in 2014.  The program was very well organized and highly beneficial in supporting the Forest’s efforts in mitigating user impacts.”

The slate of 2015 Leave No Trace Hot Spots are:

1.  Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ  (February 2nd-9th)
2.  Travis County Parks, Austin, TX  (March 23rd-30th)
3.  Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, CA  (April 6th-13th)
4.  Tillamook State Forest, Wilson River Corridor, Tillamook, OR  (June 1st-8th)
5.  Mt Bierstadt, Arapahoe/Roosevelt and Pike National Forests, CO  (July 13th-20th)
6.  Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, Huron-Manistee National Forest, MI  (August 10th-17th)
7.  Linville Gorge Wilderness Area, Pisgah National Forest, Nebo, NC  (August 24th-30th)
8.  Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Castle Rock, WA  (August 31st-September 7th)
9.  McAfee Knob, Appalachian Trail, Roanoke County, VA  (September 23rd-30th)
10.  Ventana Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest, Monterey County, CA  (October 5th-12th) 
11.  Pinnancle Mountain State Park, Little Rock, AR  (October 5th-12th)
12.  The Bayou Teche Water Trail, Arnaudvile, LA  (October 26th -November 2nd)

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The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics will provide information about each Hot Spot, as well as opportunities to get involved at www.LNT.org

About Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in a national nonprofit organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly. Leave No Trace in Every Park is the Center’s new, multi-year campaign that incorporates Leave No Trace programs and educational opportunities across the country. Leave No Trace in Every Park takes many forms from interpretive materials, staff and volunteer training, public education initiatives, onsite signs, junior ranger programs, Leave No Trace Hot Spots, Demonstration Sites and more.

Feb 04, 2015

Kanab, UT: Petroglyphs, pictographs, ruins, and artifacts can be one of the most memorable parts of any trip outside. You can’t beat the sense of discovery that can be felt when you find these items off the beaten path. Looking back into history can be fascinating and important for people to understand the cultures that lived in these areas hundred to thousands of years ago. Leave No Trace has specific guidelines that coincide with our 7 Principles for heritage sites so we can protect the precious resources.

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In order to protect the sites, restrain your pets and pack animals when approaching heritage sites. Make sure to keep an eye on young children in the fragile sites as well. Check to make sure if you need a permit to visit a site or if you are required to visit a site with a ranger.

According to the National Park Service even a small amount of oil on our hands can degrade the patina (color) of the rock, damaging it for future generations. Take a picture, look, but do not touch. 

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The walls of ruins can be stressed easily by people walking on them or climbing on them, be sure to stay off and keep the ruins intact for future generations. Avoid walking on Middens, which are ancient trash dumps that are usually soft dark soil near heritage sites.

Leave artifacts were they are and don’t rearrange them. Altering the artifacts location can change their story for other visitors. Rather then removing artifacts, take a picture of them or sketch them.

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Heritage sites are considered sacred to Native Americans and the sites should be respected. Graffiti vandalizes the sites and removing it can cause more damage to the site. Please leave your name or initials off of the sites.

Thanks for reading and remember to be Like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace.

Pat and TJ

Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, and Smartwool.

Feb 01, 2015

Zion National Park, Utah: At Zion National Park 25 feet is the minimum distance recommended for how close people should be to wildlife. Posters on kiosks, signs, along the trail, and park ranger reiterate this recommendation to give wildlife its’ space. Zion teems with wildlife in its beautiful remote, lush, and spectacular valley. The 25-foot minimum recommendation is to ensure that no person is bit or harmed by wildlife. A hike down towards the Narrows exit is a reminder of how attracted wildlife is to humans in search of food.

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A do not feed wildlife sign at the entrance to the Narrows.

According to the National Park service, in 2014 over 3 million people visited Zion National Park. It only takes a small number of these visitors to create a big problem for the wildlife in Zion and the other visitors. If an animal is hand fed or is able to obtain food or trash from an unguarded backpack or picnic table, then overtime and repeat attainment they will become attracted to humans in search of food or trash.

Zion recommends not only being 25 feet away at the minimum, but also if an animal notices a person or changes behavior that person is too close. It is the visitor’s responsibility to respond to wildlife behavior and give it space. It is important to remember that people can have an accumulative impact on wildlife. We are all responsible to not add to the impact that humans can have on wildlife. One piece of food given to an animal may seem harmless, but the more opportunities that animal has to obtain more food or trash from visitor to visitor has unfortunate impacts on wildlife.

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This picture is from Zion National Park. This picture shows and injury from a ground squirrel. 

Wildlife that is attracted to humans in search of food will lead to people getting bit by rodents or bucked and kicked by ungulates. In other areas outside of Zion, bears can be attracted to humans in search of food, which can lead to particularly dangerous interactions. A person being harmed is unfortunate, but the tragic thing can be that ultimately wildlife pay the price. Any kind of wildlife that is potentially dangerous to people will have to be either removed or put down by the land management agency.

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A group of kids learning the rule of thumb. 

At Leave No Trace we recommend teaching kids the rule of thumb. When they are out on a hike and see wildlife, the rule of thumb insures they are staying a safe distance from the wildlife. For the rule of thumb: stick out your arm all the way straight, put up your thumb, close or cover one eye, look down your arm and see if you can cover the wildlife with your thumb. If you can cover the wildlife fully with your thumb, you are a safe distance. If you cannot cover the wildlife with your thumb, you need to back up and give it more space.

Thanks for reading and remember to be like Bigfoot and keep your food and trash away from wildlife!

Pat and TJ

Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, and Smartwool.

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