Hot Spot - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, NY

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in New York is experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities and is one of the many Hot Spots launching in 2018. With site-specific training, consulting, educational programs, service projects and more, these threatened areas can be put on a road to a healthy recovery.

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, located in New York City, is one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeastern United States. In the last 25 years, more than 330 bird species have been seen migrating through this unique habitat. The refuge serves as a popular destination for bird watchers, hikers, boaters or those looking to take part in one of the park's many ranger or family programs. The refuge sees an ever-increasing number of visitors from New York City, many of whom have trouble distinguishing it from other public spaces. This and the overuse of many areas of the refuge has led to recreation-related impacts including invasive species impacts, visitor created trails, litter and user conflicts. 

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is teaming up with staff from Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to execute site-specific blend of training for agency staff, targeted education programs for local youth and adults, resource monitoring programs, service work and expert consultation. The primary objective of this effort is the improvement of on the ground resource conditions, increased awareness of impacts at the refuge, elevated Leave No Trace programs within agency management plans and increased practice of Leave No Trace skills and ethics by the visiting public. The Center's goal is to bring long-term solutions that will drive Jamaica Bay forward on its road to recovery.