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Leave No Trace Education Near You: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in APRIL

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, as well as the Leave No Trace e-tour Team are conducting the following training events across the country in April. For more information about these or to attend, visit their calendars. We hope to see you on the road! Want to host the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for an event? REQUEST A VISIT FROM THE TRAVELING TRAINERS! Or, find the teams upcoming events on the Calendar . Arkansas: Arkansas Tech University - Russellville Lake Dardanelle State Park - Russellville Pea Ridge Outdoor School - West Fork Arkansas Adventure Programming...

2012 Backyard Sessions

In the last year, the Center has initiated a new focus of incorporating Leave No Trace education into volunteer community-service projects. In 2011, Leave No Trace educators and volunteers facilitated 23 such projects resulting in almost 8000 man hours of trail work, invasive species removal, and clean-ups. In 2012, the Center's target is 65 such "Backyard Sessions" and the Center is happy to announce that we're well on our way to hitting that goal having nearly a dozen such events already scheduled. This year so far, our hardworking volunteers and supporters have: Organized a clean-up of...

Leave No Trace Hot Spots Update

Earlier this year the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics selected its first Hot Spot of the year, the Fourmile Area near Buena Vista, Colorado. Near both Denver and Colorado Springs, Fourmile is one of the most heavily used areas in central Colorado and recreation-related impacts are significant and growing. Impacts at campsites such as campfire scars, tree-cutting, and expansion of denuded sites as well as excessive trash and human waste have become major issues at Fourmile. Also, areas scarred and eroded by off-trail travel are still in the process of recovery. In response to the...

Time to Finish What You Started

Where You Play, USA: How many times have you seen this? The obligatory dog waste bag left 'conveniently' for you to see and the proud puppy parent to forget. Most everyone we discuss this impact with agrees that it is unsightly, stinky, unsafe, and widespread. Oddly enough, it also seems one of the easiest to eliminate. Simply take it with you. Better yet, have Fido plan ahead and pack it out himself. Getting a puppy pack also ensures that your pet has enough food and water for any outing. Check out this link through REI, which has lots of good tips for hitting the trail with your furry...

Fat Tire Fun in Florida!

Ocala, FL . This weekend we had a blast at the Fat Tire Mountain Bike Festival in Ocala, FL. This weekend long festival, hosted by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association , is in its sixth year. The festival provides an opportunity for riders from all over the southeast to get together and enjoy the beautiful trails near the Santos Trailhead. With over 80 miles of trail of varying level, there is fun for all levels of riders. With almost 1,000 riders pedaling the trails, it is important to consider ways to minimize potential impacts to the land, and to take on pictures and leave only...

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