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Leave No Trace in Colorado

Mark Eller - December 4, 2020

Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, takes place on Tuesday, December 8th, 2020.  On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits.

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In 2020, trails, rivers and mountains in Colorado were inundated — many natural areas reported 200-percent increases in visits, or even more. All of that healthy, outdoor recreation provided residents and visitors alike with much-needed stress relief and adventure … but resources sometimes suffered when visitors were not aware of or failed to practice Leave No Trace.

Unfortunately, there is still plenty of work to do in Colorado to protect natural areas and avoid restrictions — like the ones that the US Forest Service recently implemented in the Pike National Forest.

The Center offers many Colorado-specific programs and resources, and is a founding partner of the Care for Colorado Coalition.

This innovative partnership is helping reach Colorado visitors and residents with state-specific advice. With more than 82 million tourists visiting Colorado every year — many of them hoping to experience legendary mountain ranges, scenic rivers and incredibly diverse ecosystems — the need for effective outdoor education in Colorado is clear.

In 2019, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department awarded a $5,000 grant to the Friends of Roxborough State Park, Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to enhance Colorado’s state parks by creating an educational “toolkit” for teaching Leave No Trace.

The Center also conducts critical research in Colorado to better understand issues like undesignated trail use, solutions for dealing with pet waste in natural areas and the ways citizen science can help land managers in Colorado (and elsewhere) better protect sensitive places.

Let’s protect and enjoy our natural world together

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