Superior Hiking Trail Hot Spot Week - Duluth, MN

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Outreach Events
Monday, September 10, 2018 (All day) to Monday, September 17, 2018 (All day)
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The Bean and Bear Lakes Loop, part of the 300-mile Superior Hiking trail in Minnesota, is experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities and is one of twenty Leave No Trace Hot Spots in 2018. 

The 7-mile Bean and Bear Lakes Loop is one of the most heavily used sections of trail, frequented by both day-hikers and backpackers. This section of the trail was selected because its rising popularity, especially with inexperienced backpackers, has caused numerous impacts including significant trail erosion, improperly disposed of human waste, visitor created trails, the proliferation of illegal campsites, and campfire impacts.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is teaming up with members of the Superior Hiking Trail Association to execute a site-specific blend of training for agency staff, targeted education programs for local youth and adults, resource monitoring programs, service work, and expert consultation. The primary objective is the improvement of on the ground resource conditions, increased awareness of impacts on the trail, elevated Leave No Trace programs within agency management plans, and increased practice of Leave No Trace skills and ethics by the visiting public. 

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