Drone Use On Public Lands

Smith Rock State Park, Oregon: Last summer the National Park Service banned the use of drones (unmanned aircraft) in all of their 84 million acres which include: parks, monuments, historic sites, and seashores Drone use has been banned due to safety, noise, and impacts to wildlife. For the most part drones are allowed in municipal spaces as long as they fly below 400 feet, stay away from populated areas, and don’t interfere with aircraft (, 2014). Individual state parks and entire state park systems have adopted this ban as well due to concerns within their own parks. As of now, drone...

14 Winter Recreation Tips

Ogden, UT: Snow is covering the country! It is time to get out the skis, snowboards, and snowshoes to go out and enjoy the resorts and backcountry areas we love. Whether it is a day at your local slopes or a backcounty trip spent skiing to a hut there are always Leave No Trace considerations to keep in mind. So when you spend time outside in the winter remember how the Leave No Trace principles can help you out there. Use our 14 points to minimize your impact this winter. Check snow conditions and the weather before going on you trip. Check with land managers about high risk areas and...

Staying a safe distance from wildlife at Zion National Park

Zion National Park, Utah: At Zion National Park 25 feet is the minimum distance recommended for how close people should be to wildlife. Posters on kiosks, signs, along the trail, and park ranger reiterate this recommendation to give wildlife its’ space. Zion teems with wildlife in its beautiful remote, lush, and spectacular valley. The 25-foot minimum recommendation is to ensure that no person is bit or harmed by wildlife. A hike down towards the Narrows exit is a reminder of how attracted wildlife is to humans in search of food. A do not feed wildlife sign at the entrance to the Narrows...

Being Considerate of Other Visitors on the slopes

In this video you can learn when to yield the slopes to other skier/snowboarders, how to merge into busy downhill traffic , and how to be safe out on the slopes. Enjoy! Thanks for watching and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace! Pat and TJ Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2014 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, REI, and Smartwool.

Bayou Teche Trash Bash and Boogie

The Teche Ecology, Cultural and History Education Project (TECHE) is a non-profit organization passionate about making Bayou Teche a healthier waterway for fishing, boating and swimming. Bayou Teche is one of the most historically and culturally significant bayous in Acadiana, Louisiana and the TECHE Project is an advocate for improved water quality and preservation.

Selecting a campsite

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces involves making the best decision you can to lesson the impact your campsite will have on an area. You want to make sure that you are 200 feet from water and trails in the Backcountry, when selecting a site. In the Frontcountry you want to camp in designated areas, and stay within the boundaries of the designated campsite. Use your best judgment when selecting a backcountry campsite. Select an area that consists of durable surfaces, such as rock, sand, dry grass, or compacted dirt. Decide if your group would be better off in a pristine campsite, or an...

Authority of the Resource

How do you approach someone that is doing something that is, “Less than Leave No Trace”, maybe they are littering, feeding wildlife, carving their name into a tree, or taking an antler shed out of the environment. Whatever the issue is, there is a technique that you can use called the Authority of the Resource (AR) developed by Dr. George N. Wallace. Using AR can help a person confront and influence people that are doing something that damages the environment or other people’s recreational experiences. According to Webster’s, “authority” means “the power to influence or command thought,...

Leave No Trace Fishing

Roaring River State Park, Missouri: This past weekend we spent time fishing and hiking at a trout stocked, spring fed river in Missouri. Missouri State Parks stocks the Roaring River with up to 1,400 rainbow and brown trout on busy weekends for the 600 plus anglers that visit and attempt to either catch their first fish or a lunker. There are over 50 million anglers in United States, making it one of the most popular and oldest sports. With such a large amount of people getting out to use the nation’s waterways, utilizing Leave No Trace skills and ideas can alleviate the impacts that anglers...

SCA Austin Service Day

The Leave No Trace e-tour team will be joining the Student Conservation Association and the University of Texas-Austin for a clean up of Waller Creek in Austin, TX, in conjunction with the Outdoor Nation Summit that weekend. They will also be doing an Awareness Workshop with SCA staff attending the event that afternoon.

For the evening, the e-tour team will be joining local SCA Community Crews from Houston for an awareness workshop and campout at Bastrop State Park.