Hot Spot

Be a Leave No Trace Hero in Your Community: Get Involved!

Panama City, FL. St. Andrew's State Park is nestled on the Emerald Coast of northern Florida. With sandy white beaches, pristine blue/green waters, and diverse coastal plant communities, the park is visited by more than 1,000,000 people annually. With all of these visitors, the park battles a number of impacts: feeding of wildlife, disruption of sand dunes, burning food and trash in campfire rings, and a large amount of trash along the shoreline and in the water. Because of these impacts, St. Andrew's State Park was nominated as a Leave No Trace Hot Spot...

First Hot Spot of 2014

Jacksonville, FL. Florida is a Hot Spot! Pardon the play on words, but the weather has been very warm and Florida is the official first Hot Spot of 2014! The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has revived an existing program for 2014. A designated Hot Spot is designed to raise awareness about natural areas around the country facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage. As part of the initiative, Leave No Trace Center works with volunteers, nonprofit organizations, friends groups and governmental agencies to reduce the impact of recreational activities in the...

Education in Motion: Where to find the Traveling Trainers in June & July

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, our national mobile education program, are conducting the following training events across the country in June and July. We hope to see you at an event! Check out the Team Calendars - sort by team or by your state for the most up to date event listings. For more information about these or to attend, visit the event calendar . We hope to see you on the road! California: High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy Colorado: Ragnar Trail Relay – Snowmass Snowmass Mammoth Fest – Snowmass Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Telluride Maroon Lake Trailhead Outreach...

Talbot Island Family Hike Part of Leave No Trace Hot Spot

LEAVE NO TRACE FAMILY HIKE AT LITTLE TALBOT ISLAND STATE PARK Bring the family and learn tricks to care for our trails on Sunday, June 8, 2014 Enjoy a ranger-led hike along with Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers along the Dune Ridge Trail, one of Florida’s premier nature trails at Talbot Island State Park. Learn about the diverse plants and wildlife while discovering techniques to keep this habitat pristine. The trail meanders for two miles atop an ancient dune ridge under a canopy of live oaks, cedars and sable palms in a lush maritime hammock and...

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.

How Long Does it REALLY Last

How Long Does it REALLY Last While facilitating a PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) activity called “How Long Does It Last?” for a local middle school last week, a teacher voiced concern over conflicting available information regarding decomposition rates of trash items. In fact, if any of you have done an internet search on the subject, it’s easy to see how varied the data really is. The information below will help shed light on the Center’s sources for compiling data for this PEAK activity and similar activities found in 101 Ways to Teach Leave...

Wyoming Research and Hot Spot Update

Wyoming Research Education Director, Ben Lawhon, has been working with Wyoming State Parks, Trails and Historic Sites and Colorado State University (CSU) to study the potential effectiveness of Leave No Trace in state parks. There are over 6,600 state parks in the U.S. with an annual visitation of 740 million. Despite the widespread use of Leave No Trace on federal lands (National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, etc.), there has been very little use and adoption of Leave No Trace by state parks. The current research effort is exploring state park visitor’s...

Fourmile Hot Spot Weekend

Fourmile Area, Buena Vista, CO: Checking back after your holiday weekend? Team West hopes you had a fun, safe, and memorable summer season kick-off. We know we did! For your viewing pleasure we've compiled our weekend spreading the good vibes and responsible play in Fourmile Travel Management Area, Buena Vista, CO. There were so many players this weekend, but we intend to do our best to recognize: Friends of Fourmile, USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Stay the Trail, Chaffee County Sheriff's Office and all of those who came out to enjoy...

Hot Spot Happenings

Fourmile, Buena Vista, CO: Yesterday we spent a beautiful Rocky Mountains morning with the sixth graders of Buena Vista, CO. For those in the know, the Leave No Trace Hot Spots program along with Friends of Fourmile have joined forces to bring trainings and awareness concerning the responsible use of the Fourmile area. Our stint with the youth here provided them with the tools to help care for themselves and the environment while playing outside. We talked extensively about traveling and camping on durable surfaces. Way up in the mountains at nearly 8000ft where this community is nestled the...

Training and outreach for Colorado’s Hot Spot this week

The Center in cooperation with the Friends of Fourmile is leading two Leave No Trace training and outreach events this week as part of the Fourmile Hot Spot. The Center’s Hot Spots program focuses on reversing the environmental damage caused in extremely popular recreational areas around the country through community outreach, locally tailored education, Leave No Trace training for key land management staff and volunteers, messages to the public, consultation, educational materials and local collaboration.

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