Hot Spot - Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA

Lassen Volcanic National Park is suffering from the severe impacts of outdoor activities. As one of the 2018 Hot Spot selections, it will receive a unique blend of education programs, service projects, targeted agency trainings, and expert consulting. The result is areas on the road to a healthy and sustainable recovery with site-specific Leave No Trace tools in place.

The Lassen Volcanic Wilderness in Lassen Volcanic National Park is a colorful collection of volcanic landscapes, from the crimson and violet Painted Dunes to the sea green Boiling Springs Lake. Dark green pine and fir forests dotted with neon-green lichen colonize both the old and recent lava flows. Diverse wildflowers carpet the park's meadows and blow among rocky crevices in spring and summer. in winter, deep snow blankets the land except where boiling hydrothermal areas expose bare ground. Visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park can enjoy a wide range of activities including hiking, backpacking, camping, equestrian use, birdwatching and snowshoeing and other snow sports in the winter months. Recreation-related impacts in the park including litter, trail erosion, visitor created trails and camping impacts threaten this unique ecosystem and its wilderness character.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is teaming up with Lassen Volcanic National Park to execute a week of targeted training, education programs and service work with agency staff, key stakeholders and members of the local community. The overall goal of these efforts is the long-term improvement of resource conditions, increased awareness of impacts in the park, elevated Leave No Trace programs within agency management plans and increased use of Leave No Trace skills and ethics by the visiting public. This week of action based events is just one step in helping Lassen Volcanic National Park on its road to recovery.