Hot Spot

2016: Breaks Interstate Hot Spot

Breaks Interstate Park, Kentucky & Virginia--Breaks Interstate Park, also known as the Grand Canyon of the east, has it all: wooded mountains, whitewater streams, rock climbing, hiking trails ranging from beginner to expert, horseback riding...and people have noticed. This 4,600 acre park has begun a recreation mecca for both the local community and adventure seekers traveling across the states. The large area is host to many outdoor races, swift water rescue courses, paddling festivals, family reunions, and more--plainly stated, it's being loved to death. This week, the Subaru/Leave No...

Protecting Patapsco Valley State Park

Ellicott City, MD: Patapsco Valley State Park was the site of a 2016 Hot Spot week. This gorgeous state park is a patchwork of public lands spreading along the valley of the Patapsco River. During the past week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers were on site to provide educational trainings and to participate in volunteer service projects. For two of the seven days, Steph and Andy put on their working gloves to help volunteers and the Maryland Conservation Corps to establish a designated parking lot in the Daniels region of the park. Before the project, this highly used area was...

Minimal Impact Fishing

Las Vegas, NV: When fishing take care not to introduce non-native species to water sources and surrounding areas. Pack out all un-used bait and dispose of properly. Thoroughly wash all equipment between fishing trips. Helping keep our wild spaces wild, Jenna and Sam - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team West Leave No Trace’s Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett 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, Deuter, Eagle's Nest Outfitters,...

Saving the A.T. at the 2016 Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot

Dawsonville, GA: Birds are singing, leaves are budding, and the falls are flowing. The changing of seasons here at Amicalola Falls State Park is the signal for some to start a huge endeavor, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. The 80 miles of Appalachian Trail in Georgia make up the 2016 Leave No Trace Southern Appalachian Trail Hot Spot. The Appalachian Trail is 2,189.1 miles in length, stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia to the craggy peak of Katahdin, Maine. A record breaking number of thru-hikers will be attempting the entire trail this year. Over 1,080 thru-hikers have started the...

Kern River Hot Spot

Kernville, CA: The Kern River Valley is being loved to death by visitors. With over 500,000 people coming to the valley each year, it’s become imperative to reach visitors with Leave No Trace education. With this thought in mind, Gary Ananian, founder of the Kern River Conservancy, nominated the Kern River to be apart of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics 2016 Hot Spot program. After being selected we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team West, spent 9 days in the valley working with schools, local businesses and land managers to increase the collective Leave No Trace...

21CSC CALL FOR CORPS: Apply to be official Leave No Trace 2016 Stewardship Corps

Boulder, CO: Opportunity to be an official Leave No Trace Stewardship Corps! The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (the Center) joined the Partnership for the 21CSC last year to support the goals of the 21CSC and to work more closely with the nation’s conservation corps to support the use of Leave No Trace ethics across the next generation of outdoor stewards. The Center is currently requesting self-nominations from 21CSC member corps interested in becoming official service partners as part of the Leave No Trace national Hot Spot program, as described in this Request for Proposal (RFP...

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