Everyday, people seek the outdoors for adventure, kinship, exercise, solitude and all forms of enjoyment. Yet the places we have explored and adored for years are impacted by recreational use, some more severely than others. We call these areas Hot Spots –sites that are damaged but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace applications. By identifying and working with Hot Spots across the nation, we rapidly move toward recovering and protecting the places and American heritage we cherish for future generations.
Now in its sixth year, the Leave No Trace Hot Spot program and events are designed to raise awareness about natural areas around the country facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage. With more than 12 billion people visiting public lands each year, many outdoor areas across our nation are negatively impacted by recreational use. We are literally loving our land to death. The reason is usually not malicious or intent to harm nature and wildlife; rather it’s simply lack of knowledge or skills. The end result however is usually the same: litter, invasive species, habituated wildlife, dog waste, trail and campsite erosion, water sources polluted with human waste and more.
The specific week-long Leave No Trace training, conducted by expert Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, includes special events and programs for local officials, land managers, volunteers and the general public.
The Center provides selected Hot Spots with the following:
Consultation on solutions and program implementation from the Center
A week-long visit from the expert Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers
Training workshops for volunteers, employees, and key members of the community
Locally-tailored programs to meet site-specific needs
Volunteer citizen monitoring programs
Assistance in putting the Leave No Trace program into action
2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot Locations
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserve | Melbourne Beach, FL | Feb. 27 – Mar. 6
Travis County Parks | Austin, TX | Mar. 1 - 3 | Re-Visit
Lower San Marcos River Recreation Area | San Marcos, TX | Mar. 6 – 13
Martin Park Nature Center | Oklahoma City, OK | Mar. 13 – 20
Pinnacle Mountain State Park | Little Rock, AR | Apr. 3-5 | Re-Visit
Kern River | Kernville, CA | Apr. 6 - 8 | Re-visit
Forest Park | Portland, OR | June 19 – 26
Conundrum Hot Springs | Aspen, CO | June 26 – July 3
First State National Historical Park | New Castle, DE | June 26 – July 3
Grand Teton National Park | Moran, WY | July 10 – 17