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Home Turf — Leave No Trace in Colorado

Mark Eller - November 27, 2019

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics broadcasts its core message about simple, effective methods for protecting natural areas across the United States and around the globe. Headquartered in Colorado, there’s no place where the Center is more active than in our home state.

A multi-year partnership with the Colorado Tourism Office is helping reach both Colorado visitors and residents with state-specific advice designed to encourage responsible use and active stewardship of the state’s precious natural resources. With more than 82 million tourists visiting Colorado every year — many of them hoping to experience legendary mountain ranges, scenic rivers and incredibly diverse ecosystems — the need for effective outdoor education in Colorado is clear.

Indeed, the collaboration between the Center and the Colorado Tourism Office is being emulated in several other states. The Center’s local partners in Colorado are another important source of in-state stewardship. In 2019, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department awarded a $5,000 grant to the Friends of Roxborough State Park, Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to enhance Colorado’s state parks by creating an educational “toolkit” for teaching Leave No Trace.

The Center also conducts critical research in Colorado to better understand issues like undesignated trail use, solutions for dealing with pet waste in natural areas and the ways citizen science can help land managers in Colorado (and elsewhere) better protect sensitive places.

The Center’s resources in Colorado range from dozens of community and corporate partners, a dedicated state advocate and many other in-state programs and supporters. The Center offers memberships for individuals, companies and other supports — be sure to learn about our member benefits today. You can also support our work by signing up for a volunteer registry with opportunities to participate in Colorado cleanups and educational sessions.

Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits. Give where you live by making or scheduling a donation to Leave No Trace today.

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