Hot Spot - Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, UT

The lands represented by the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center are experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities. As one of the 2018 Leave No Trace Hot Spots these lands will receive a site-specific blend of targeted training, expert consulting, education programs, and service projects to help this threatened area on its road to recovery. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 
The Escalante Interagency Visitor Center in southern Utah serves visitors to the lands within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NPS), Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (BLM) and the Dixie National Forest (USFS). The expanse of land managed by these three agencies offers ample opportunity for a true wilderness experience for the ever-increasing number of visitors. In some of the most popular destinations impacts including illegal campfires, graffiti, litter, human waste issues, and groups exceeding size limits are negatively affecting both visitor experience as well as the natural and cultural resources. 
 
Leave No Trace will be teaming up with members of the National Park Service, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to execute a week of targeted training, education programs and service work to heighten the awareness of the issues that threaten these lands and increase the knowledge and use of Leave No Trace skills and ethics in hopes of preventing future impacts. The Leave No Trace team will host training for staff from all three agencies, guide services who work out of the Interagency Visitor Center, local retailers and local school groups. The Traveling Trainers will work with local volunteers during a service project addressing litter, human waste, graffiti and visitor created trails at the popular Lower Calf Creek Falls. Additionally, the team will make one-on-one contacts with visitors, educating them about how practicing Leave No Trace skills and ethics protect the lands managed by the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center.