Gold Standard Site
Coconino National Forest
The Coconino NF is a leader of Leave No Trace outreach and education in the southwest. This is evident in the number of staff currently trained as Leave No Trace Master Educators and Trainers. It is apparent in the forest’s Leave No Trace education outreach campaign – including signs, trailhead kiosks, publications (website and handouts), and visitor center / front desk displays. In addition, the forest has established many partnerships to effectively reach a spectrum of forest visitors about light on the land ethics. This includes academic institutions, outfitter-guides, permittees, non-governmental organizations, and federal, state, and county agencies.
- Coconino National Forest achieved a score of 31/40 at the time it was designated as a Gold Standard Site.
- The Coconino National Forest has a great track record of hosting or facilitating Leave No Trace trainings on the forest – including numerous Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer site visits over the years, USFS personnel conducting trainings for teachers/youth group leaders, and partnering entities (e.g. Northern Arizona University – NAU) training their respective constituents.
- Coconino National Forest has designed unique, locally relevant signage using Leave No Trace Principles to further the impact of education to visitors.
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