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Update Your Camping Kit for Leaving No Trace

Lone Pine, CA: As the snow melts, camping season is starting to pick up across the U.S. Packing up the car and hitting the open road this weekend is a ticket to freedom and exploration. You have all of the basic necessities, a stove, cooler, tent and sleeping bags. All this preparation begs the question though; when was the last time you updated your car camping kit for leaving no trace? Read below for just a few of our recommendations for minimum impact living for life on the road. Gaia App: Download this app to have access to detailed maps for any adventure. Accurate, high...

Skills Video: Bear Canisters

Flagstaff, AZ: When we go over to a friend's place for a visit, it's generally polite to bring some snacks or refreshments. However, when visiting the homes of our wildlife friends, it's just the opposite. Wildlife needs to eat wild things. When they get exposed to eating people food, it's called "food conditioning," which puts both us and them at risk. Last week, we showed you how to hang your food and other " smellables " using the PCT Bear Hang . This week, we are showing you how to use a bear canister. Bear canisters have a few advantages: 1. Some places don't have adequate trees for a...

Martin Park Nature Center Hot Spot

Oklahoma City, OK: Have you ever been to Oklahoma City? Oklahoma City is home to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Paseo Art District, grain silos repurposed into climbing gyms, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the Martin Park Nature Center. According to their website the "Martin Park Nature Center is a hub for nature exploration and education for visitors of all ages. Guided hikes, education programs and an interactive learning center provide visitors a place to learn about nature and wildlife in a serene, suburban environment.” Leave No Trace has been in Oklahoma City for the...

Hot Spot: A Plan to Protect the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves

Fort Pierce, FL: The Indian River Lagoon region has over 7 million visitors every year. The blue waters, and sunny skies make it easy to see why one would love to paddle and visit these waterways. However, with each person visiting this unique ecosystem, impacts are becoming more and more prominent. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers visited the preserves during the first 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot. After spending some time exploring the area with the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves land managers and volunteers with the Friends of the Spoil Islands ; we became witness to...

Yielding 101

Oklahoma City, OK: Do you know the yield triangle? In this video you can find out more about the seventh Leave No Trace Principle, Be Considerate of Others . We all enjoy the outdoors and even though we may do different activities to enjoy the outdoors we can still work together and share our outdoor spaces so that we can all have a great time. Please be considerate of others when you hit the trails. The yield triangle is an easy and effective technique to enjoy the trails with everyone. The first rule of the yield triangle is that all stock and horse users have the right of way at all times...

Leave No Trace Skills: Using a Fire Pan

Brevard, NC: The winter winds are still afloat, even with a warm summer’s breeze meandering aloft in the Pisgah high country. The mountains are beautiful here; rivers with tumbling waterfalls, cascading over rock ledges. Pines and rhododendrons are filling in the underbrush. The granite dome of Looking Glass towers above the valley floor. As we camp along a ridgeline we ask ourselves, “should we even have a campfire here”? Campfires while on an overnight trip are so important, to so many people. When rules and regulations allow it and the fire danger is low, having a campfire is a great way...

Skills Series: Invasive Species & Cleaning Gear

Austin, TX: The fourth principle of Leave No Trace is to Leave What You Find . In this addition of the Leave No Trace Skills Series we talk about how to stop the spread of invasive species through the cleaning of outdoor gear. What is an invasive species you ask? An invasive species is non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration whose introduction causes or is likely to cause environmental harm. Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other organisms (e.g., microbes). Human actions are the primary means of invasive species introductions. On Invasivespeciesinfo.gov you can...

Disposing of Waste Properly: WAG Bags

Sedona, AZ: When it comes to properly disposing of human waste, there are four objectives to consider. 1. Minimize water contamination 2. Minimize social and aesthetic impacts 3. Minimize the spread of disease 4. Maximize decomposition If we are unable to meet one or more of these requirements, it's best that we pack out our waste. One light weight way to do so is with a W.A.G. Bag. Check out this video on how to go about using this double bag system. WAG Bags are necessary because only bagging our waste creates biohazard...

Leave No Trace and Hueco Rock Rodeo

Hueco, TX: Last week Leave No Trace participated in the 24th annual Hueco Rock Rodeo . This annual climbing competition features bouldering. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is done without the use of traditional climbing gear, that is ropes or harnesses. Climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry, and bouldering crash pads to prevent injuries from falls. Hueco Tanks State Park is in a high altitude desert near El Paso, Texas. Hueco is spanish for "hollows". The huecos refer to the many water-holding depressions in the boulders and rock faces...

Go Canoeing, Leave No Trace

Durham, NC: Whenever friends get together outside; you’re bound to have a great time. This last weekend we visited some great friends while going on an adventure to visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Check out this week’s video to see how we left no trace while canoe camping near a gorgeous wildlife refuge. The first step to any successful trip is to plan it out. Taking each of the seven principles into account, we were prepared for the entirety of our trip. Check out the outline below to see how Leave No Trace applies to canoe camping. Plan Ahead and Prepare: Check...

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