Leadership Circle Insight Series | Fall 2019

Join Leave No Trace Education Director Ben Lawhon and Executive Director Dana Watts for an insider’s look at how recreation impacts wildlife and what Leave No Trace solutions can be used to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

Wildlife Protection Project:
How Leave No Trace Protects Wildlife

Nov 21, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM MST / 1:00 PM EST
Location: Online at zoom.us/j/139863759

As recreational use of parks and protected areas continues to increase, land managers are challenged to both protect resources and provide recreational opportunities. One particularly difficult issue that has seen a significant increase of late is human-wildlife conflict on public lands. From selfies with bears in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to off-leash dogs killing threatened seal pups on the coast of California to children and adults being gored by Bison in Yellowstone, managers are struggling to ensure they can keep both people and wildlife safe.

Given the evolving use and staggering growth in outdoor recreation, and the increased potential for negative impacts on wildlife, the Center relies on research data more than ever before to influence park visitor behavior to better align with Leave No Trace. Join Education Director Ben Lawhon and Executive Director Dana Watts as they provide an overview of the current wildlife situation in many parks and protected areas, explore the Leave No Trace guidance for respecting wildlife, and take an inside look at how research could enhance and shape Leave No Trace educational efforts aimed at keeping wildlife wild.

This moderated 1-hour conversation is part of the Leadership Circle Insight Series.


In 2019, the Center’s initiatives to protect wildlife are supported by a generous Artic Fox grant from Fjällräven.