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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 we cherish for future generations.
In late 2014, the Center received 83 nominations for Hot Spots, and has selected 12 geographically and ecologically diverse sites, nationwide. Volunteers will participate in community based projects in their parks, and the Center will engage with partners and friends’ groups around the nation to begin activating Leave No Trace in communities far and wide.
2015 Leave No Trace Hot Spot Locations
This program supports community-driven projects on public lands that work to improve the condition of a designated Hot Spot using Leave No Trace education, resources, volunteers and training.
2015 Hot Spots will receive the following:
Now in its fifth 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 1.6 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.
This 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.
High-use weekend at the San Gabriel River, just an hour from Los Angeles, CA.
Submit nominations for 2016 Hot Spot locations here.
In 2014 Leave No Trace selected eight Hot Spots across the country to conduct special Leave No Trace events and community trainings including: