Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument Hot Spot Week - Cochiti, NM

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Outreach Events
Monday, August 27, 2018 (All day) to Tuesday, September 4, 2018 (All day)
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New Mexico

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is suffering from the severe impacts of outdoor activities and is one of twenty 2018 Leave No Trace Hot Spots.

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in north-central New Mexico is well known for its cone-shaped tent rock formations, created by a volcanic eruption 6 to 7 million years ago. The monument provides opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geological observation, and plant identification. The monument sees over 130,000 visitors annually on its less than three miles of trail. This high usage on a small area has created numerous impacts including visitors traveling off trail, trail erosion, litter, human waste, and visitors climbing on and damaging the unique rock formations.

As a Leave No Trace Hot Spot, the site will receive a week of targeted training, education programs and service work with agency staff, key stakeholders, and members of the local community. The overall goal is the long-term improvement of resource conditions, increased awareness of impacts in the forest, elevated Leave No Trace programs within agency management plans, and increased use of Leave No Trace skills and ethics by the visiting public. 

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