Hot Spot

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...

Bayou Teche--2015 Hot Spot

Breaux Bridge, LA--Wrapping up our 2015 Hot Spot s, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team discovered the importance, culture, and recreational impact surrounding the Bayou Teche. In January, 2015, the waterway was designated a national water trail due to its scenic 135 miles that stretch through four parishes (or counties). According to Conni Castille, executive director of the T.E.C.H.E. project who has a passion for Cajun culture and dancing to Zydeco music, "The Teche has historic and cultural value to us, and we are happy to share it with the nation. The trail...

Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink

Breaux Bridge, LA—The Trash Bash and Boogie an annual event that takes place along the Bayou Teche that stretches 135 miles through the heart of Cajun country. Bayou Teche has recently been designated a National Water Trail by the Department of the Interior and is one of 18 waterways that have received this prestigious designation in the United States. Ribbon cutting for one of the eight new floating docks along the Teche This sign just about sums it up A smile that says, "Sunshine!" on what was otherwise a rainy day Although the Teche has been so highly...

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