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Apr 28, 2015

Zion National Park, Utah: Wildflowers are blooming, cactus and other plants dot the hillsides and cliffs, and everything from bighorn sheep down to chipmunks find food and shelter in Zion. It is amazing how full of life the desert is when you think about how harsh the climate can be in the southwestern United States. A valuable resource that allows the desert to sustain life is living biological crust, also known as cryptobiotic crust. See the picture below, the yellow cylinder is a tube of cap stick for perspective

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Living biological crust (LBC) is a combination of lichens, moss, photosynthetic bacteria, and fungi. Plant life relies on this LBC as a source of nutrients (it fixes the nitrogen and carbon in the soil) in the nutrient deficient soil, it helps keep the ground from eroding after a rain storm and traps the water in which feeds the thirsty plants. All too often people crush LBC due simply not knowing its value or how to properly identify it. Below our some pictures from Arches National Park to help you see LBC’s different phases.

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Young crust

·      Very hard to see when it is first developing.

·      The living organisms take long time to develop.

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Immature crust

·      After about 5 years color and texture starts to appear.

·      The soil starts to bind together.

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Mature crust

·      The crust is now able to be a base for plants in the desert.

·      Lichens in the crust help improve nitrogen in the soil.

·      Moses help hold moisture in the crust.

·      Erosion is prevented thanks to the crust.

When you are out hiking in the desert remember to avoid crushing this valuable resource.

Trampled living biological crust

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Thanks for reading and remember to be like the Center’s mascot 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, Deuter, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool, The North Face, and Yakima.

Apr 27, 2015

Whether it is camping, hunting, or simply enjoying the view, everyone should be able to enjoy being outside in a pristine setting.  Check out this article concerning Leave No Trace for hunters written by our Wyoming State Advocate, Sara Kirol ! 

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Read the full article here: http://rmefblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/leave-no-trace-for-hunters.html 

Apr 27, 2015

Zion National Park, Utah:  This past week the two new Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers teams, Katelyn and Blake/Jenna and Sam, came out to finalize their training with us in Southwest Utah.  Prior to this week, they were in Boulder at the Center meeting the staff, covering the various logistics associated with this job, and completing their Master Educator course. Throughout our time with them we worked at the Ragnar Trail Relay Series in Mount Carmel, UT and put on a couple of trainings for the Zion Area Girls Scouts and Springdale Elementary School.  With their diverse backgrounds, guiding experience, and their education, these two new teams are a valuable addition to the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers program.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers program is undergoing some changes and rather then having teams scattered throughout the country, teams will have a specific region to cover that are loosely based off of the time zones.

Meet the new teams:

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Name: Katelyn Stutterheim

Region: East Central (Midwest/East coast)

Favorite outdoor activity: Playing games

Favorite of the seven principles: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Fun fact: She can whistle with her tongue 

 

Name: Blake Jackson

Region: East Central (Midwest/East coast)

Favorite outdoor activity: Multi-pitch climbing

Favorite of the seven principles: Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Fun fact: Voted best legs in high school

 

Name: Jenna Hanger

Region: West Coast

Favorite outdoor activity: Multi-day Whitewater Rafting

Favorite of the seven principles: Respect Wildlife

Fun fact: She was the 1999 Buena Vista Muttin Busting champion  (riding a baby sheep in a rodeo)

 

Name: Sam Ovett

Region: West Coast

Favorite outdoor activity: Anything effortful

Favorite of the seven principles: Dispose of Waste Properly

Fun fact: Professional Whitewater Kayaker  

Thanks for reading and remember to be like the Center’s mascot 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, Deuter, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool, The North Face, and Yakima.

Apr 23, 2015
Watch the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers teach middle school students how to build a mound fire and how to make smores. 

Thanks for watching 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 2014 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, The North Face, REI, Smartwool and Yakima.

 

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