Leave No Trace is grounded in science and research and has been since its origins in the field of recreation ecology. This has evolved over the years as recreation-related impacts and associated monitoring has incorporated human dimensions of natural resources, striving to understand how and why humans cause impacts and, ultimately, how to influence behaviors to decrease recreational-related impacts. While this document highlights both recreation ecology and human dimensions of natural resources research needs, coupled social-ecological research is optimal.
Leave No Trace research covers a plethora of different topics and studies. Scientists from all over the world are working individually and in teams to study, assess, and understand more about Leave No Trace behaviors, ideology, messaging, and more. Below are some of the scientists who are currently helping to understand and boost Leave No Trace research.
Are you a fan of learning about human behavior and data? Follow the below links to find a small selection of the research that informs Leave No Trace practices and guidance.
Research that informs the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace.
A brief look at our Zero Landfill Initiative work in the National Park System.
Insights on behaviors and perceptions of pet waste in natural areas.
Will they leave what they find? The efficacy of a Leave No Trace education program for youth.
Boulderers’ attitudes and beliefs regarding Leave No Trace in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The efficacy of messaging and direct site management actions in an urban-proximate open space context
Understanding and influencing state park visitors’ Leave No Trace behavioral intent.
Factors influencing behavioral intentions for Leave No Trace in national parks.
Leave No Trace Research listed by principle.