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Tree-Friendly Hammocking Tip

Springfield, MO: Excited for hammocking season, but worried about the impact of your hammock's straps on the trees? Practice this simple tree-friendly tip on your next hammocking excursion to help reduce your impact. Steps: Collect a handful of small sticks, roughly the same in diameter, that stretch about the length of your forearm. Set-up your hammock. Place the sticks (about a hand's width apart) between the hammock's straps and the tree's bark. Relax and enjoy your afternoon! We suggest cuddling up with a GoSnug blanket and reading your favorite book or travel magazine. Replace the sticks...

Need Duct Tape? Wrap Your Trekking Poles!

Jacksonville, FL: When you head out into the backcountry do you bring along a repair kit? We do, but we always look for ways to cut the weight and bulk out of our packs. Trekking poles offer a perfect place to store a repair kit staple, duct tape. Avoid bring the whole roll (along with the weight) by wrapping some tape around the pole underneath the handles. These rolls of tape can double as a second handle for traversing fall lines when in the mountains. Trekking poles are multifunctional pieces of gear. They can prop up tarps, be used in emergency medical situations, and have been found to...

Leave No Trace Tips for Mountain Biking

Ocala, FL: Heading out on a trail ride? Check out these Leave No Trace tips before heading out on your adventure! Plan Ahead and Prepare : check with land managers, local bike shops, local cycling groups and www.mtbproject.com for the most up-to-date trail information. Stick to the Trail : for biking, durable surfaces include established trails, authorized slick rock areas, dirt roads, and pavement. Check local regulations to see if off-road travel by bike is allowed. Dispose of Waste Properly : Use restroom facilities before hitting the...

3 Ways to Prevent Bear Attacks!

Kernville, CA: Did you know that "bears are proficient at climbing, swimming and running at up to 35mph," according to the American Bear Association. This means that it is very important that we take the steps necessary to minimize our contact with bears. Below we have listed 3 ways that you can avoid bear attacks by practicing Leave No Trace. Please by aware that encounters with bears can be unpredictable and the methods listed below are NOT full proof; a bear can attack at any time! 3 Ways to Prevent Bear Attacks: Plan Ahead and Prepare Contact the area...

Leave What You Find While Kayaking

Everglades, FL: At the end of your day's paddle sure to leave what you find by checking the hull of your boat for any invasive species that may be attached. If you see anything, wipe the hull down to help prevent the spread of these hitchhikers from place to place. Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, ENO, Deuter...

BLM Field Office Earth Day Events - Bishop, CA

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be putting on several events in the Bishop area including a training for BLM, Forest Service, Tribe and other partners from 9AM-12PM at the Bishop Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center on Thursday April, 21st, a climbers training from 7PM-8PM at the PV Pit Campground on Thursday, April 21st, activities at the Round Valley Elementary Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd, a booth at the Bishop City Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23rd, and activities at the Bishop

Sunol Wildflower Festival - Sunol, CA

Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at the Sunol Wildflower festival for activities that align with the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, and information on ways to get more involved with Leave No Trace. Look for the Leave No Trace booth from 11AM - 4PM! 

Leave No Trace For Frontcountry Environments

Gibsonia, PA: Did you know that about 85% of all recreation is based in Frontcountry environments? An area that is easily accessible by vehicle and mostly visited by day users. Frontcountry locations tend to attract more visitors than the backcountry. So, Here are some tips and tricks that will help us to minimize our impacts and leave no trace while on Frontcountry trails. Know Before You Go • Be sure to bring enough food and water for the days adventure. Having supplies for your day will maximize your comfort and safety, increasing the quality of your experience. •...

Desert Travel 101: Don't Bust the Crust!

Sedona, AZ: Desert Travel 101: Don't bust the crust! When traveling off trail in a desert environment in the American southwest you will likely encounter Cryptobiotic soil, or " desert glue ". DO NOT Step on it! Here's why: This fragile living biological soil takes decades to form, yet can be killed with one footprint. I f crushed it can contribute to spring runoff beginning as much as 50 days sooner than usual. Cryptobiotic soil also holds the desert floor in place reducing erosion, fixes nitrogen to plants and has the ability to intercept and store water . It can be identified by it's...

Are You Making These 7 Rookie Mistakes When Practicing Leave No Trace?

Grand Canyon, AZ: Ever wonder if your recreation is 100% Leave No Trace? Below, we walk you through some of the innocent mistakes people commonly make when enjoying the outdoors responsibly. P.S. - If you've been guilty of one of these less than Leave No Trace acts, not to worry. Here at Leave No Trace we say, "It's not what you did yesterday, it's what you do tomorrow." Happy myth busting! 7 Less than Leave No Trace Rookie Mistakes: 1. Walking around a mud puddle to stay dry and clean. Best to walk single file on the trail, even when wet...

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