North Carolina

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Joe Ruppe

North Carolina State Advocate

I’ve called the Carolinas home my entire life and grew up surrounded by our state’s natural beauty and diverse outdoors.  My early years in the Scouting program introduced me to the importance of respecting and caring for our outdoors.  Today, I make my home in Mills River, in the heart of Western North Carolina and enjoy the area’s exceptional hiking, waterfalls, whitewater, and mountain peaks.

Our proximity to large population areas increases the importance of sharing our message with these Frontcountry users. We welcome a new and diverse generation to share the outdoors and in the responsibility of protecting them.  I am excited to be a part of reaching as many of our new outdoor enthusiasts as possible and to help them make our “ethics” their own.

If I may be of assistance in planning an event in your area or if you would like to become more involved in spreading the Leave No Trace message, feel free to contact me!

Let’s protect and enjoy our natural world together

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