Hot Spot

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.

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.

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...

Mount Rainier Hot Spot Success

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recently completed work at Mount Rainier National Park’s Paradise Area, a 2011 Leave No Trace-designated “Hot Spot.” Located in Washington, Mount Rainier National Park receives up to two-million visitors a year. At Paradise, the most heavily visited area of the park containing 26 miles of trails, recreation-related impacts have been severe. Miles of additional social trails and damage to subalpine meadows caused by off-trail travel have resulted. In partnership with the National Park Service, the Center implemented a multifaceted education program...

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