Hot Spots

 

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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
  • Educational materials
  • Volunteer citizen monitoring programs
  • Assistance in putting the Leave No Trace program into action

 

2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot Locations

  1. Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserve | Melbourne Beach, FL | Feb. 27 – Mar. 6
  2. Travis County Parks | Austin, TX | Mar. 1 - 3 | Re-Visit
  3. Lower San Marcos River Recreation Area | San Marcos, TX | Mar. 6 – 13
  4. Martin Park Nature Center | Oklahoma City, OK | Mar. 13 – 20
  5. Pinnacle Mountain State Park | Little Rock, AR | Apr. 3-5 | Re-Visit
  6. Kern River | Kernville, CA | Apr. 6 - 8 | Re-visit
  7. Forest Park | Portland, OR | June 19 – 26
  8. Conundrum Hot Springs | Aspen, CO | June 26 – July 3
  9. First State National Historical Park | New Castle, DE | June 26 – July 3
  10. Grand Teton National Park | Moran, WY | July 10 – 17
  11. Catskill Park | Denning, NY | Aug. 14 – 21
  12. Hungarian Falls | Hubbell, MI | Aug. 21 – 28
  13. Guffy Gorge | Guffy, CO | Aug. 2 – Sept. 4
  14. Springfield Gorge | Springfield, OH | Sept. 25 – Oct. 2
  15. Carolina Beach State Park | Carolina Beach, NC | Oct. 2 – 9
  16. McAfee Knob | Catawba, VA | Oct. 26 - 28 | Re-visit
 
See what Andrew Downs, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Director, had to say about our Hot Spot visit at McAfee Knob. (Click the picture below to watch video).

Previous Hot Spots 

2016 Leave No Trace Hot Spot Locations

  1. March 14 – 21: Kern River, Kernville, CA
  2. March 21 – 28: Southern Appalachian Trail, Chattahoochee NF, GA
  3. March 28 – April 4: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV
  4. April 11 – 18: Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City, MD
  5. April 18 – 25: Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks, VA/KY
  6. June 6 – 13: Lake Tahoe Region, South Lake Tahoe, CA
  7. June 20 – 27: Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
  8. July 11 – 18: San Juan National Forest, Durango, CO
  9. August 26 – 28: Shawnee NF, Jonesboro, IL (RE-VISIT)
  10. August 8 – 15: Devil’s Bathtub, George Washington & Jefferson NF, Roanoke, VA
  11. September 8 – 10: San Juan Islands NM, Lopez Island, WA (RE-VISIT)
  12. September 19 – 26: Delano Park, DecaturAL
  13. October 10 – 17: Mt. Rogers, Wilson Creek, VA
  14. October 17 – 24: Fayette County Nature Area, Peachtree City, GA
  15. October 27 – 29: Red River Gorge, Daniel Boone NF, Stanton, KY (RE-VISIT)
  16. November 16 – 18: St. Andrews State Park, Panama City, FL (RE-VISIT)

To read the comprehensive, 2015 Hot Spot Report click here

2015 Hot Spot Press Highlights

Watch more videos here!

Special thanks to KEEN and REI for their support of the Leave No Trace Hot Spot Program!