Sangre De Cristo Wilderness Hot Spot Week - Duncan, CO

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Outreach Events
Monday, June 25, 2018 (All day) to Monday, July 2, 2018 (All day)
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The South Colony Lakes in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness in Colorado are experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities, and the site is one of twenty Leave No Trace Hot Spots in 2018. 

The South Colony Lakes are situated in a high alpine basin in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness in South Central Colorado. This basin is surrounded by several of Colorado's iconic fourteen-thousand foot peaks and often serves as a base camp for hikers and climbers. The easy access to these peaks and proximity to Great Sand Dunes National Park has made this area increasingly popular, seeing thousands of visitors during the warmer months. High visitation has led to severe impacts from human waste and the proliferation of campsites and social trails.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is teaming up with staff from the San Isabel National Forest to execute a week of targeted training, education programs and service work with agency staff, key stakeholders, and members of the local community. The overall goal is the long-term improvement of resource conditions, increased awareness of impacts in the area, elevated Leave No Trace programs within agency management plans and increased use of Leave No Trace skills and ethics by the visiting public.

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