Leave No Trace in Every Park

Tangled Up in Orange

Missoula, MT: If you have ever worked with horses or lived on a farm, you are familiar with bailing twine. If not, baling twine is the colorful polypropylene cord that keeps hay bales in their orderly cubic forms. This seemingly innocuous twine, has become the culprit in the deaths of millions of osprey and other animals across the country. An osprey nest inundated by baling twine. Photo: Erick Greene Osprey, also known as seahawks, are found among river corridors all over the country. They can be seen hovering over the waters, before dramatically dive bombing for fish. The raptors...

Meet the Newest Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers!

Boulder, CO: May marks the start to another epic Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer tour! Three new teams are hitting the road to educate millions of people about Leave No Trace practices. At the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, everyone is buzzing with activity, finalizing the logistics for a year of education and life on the road. The Subaru’s are packed to the brim and ready to hit the road. We are stoked to introduce the newest Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. Without further ado, please help us welcome the three new teams! Team East Central: Amanda &...

Climb Hard & Protect the Peregrines

Gardiner, NY: On the Shawangunk Ridge, peregrine falcons are nesting on the steep east facing cliffs, intending to catch the morning sun. These birds of prey perch high above the ground to easily catch some air and hunt small animals down below. With spring here in the Gunks, it is height of the nesting season for peregrine falcons. As climbers come to visit and test their limits on the steep cliffs of the infamous quartz conglomerate rock we encourage all to check the rules and regulations . This way all visitors will be aware about route closures that are in effect, simply so we can all...

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...

The Yield Triangle

Columbia, MD: The yield triangle is an illustration depicting the standard of yielding between different user groups while out on a greenway or other multipurpose trail. It is important to respect the yield triangle while out on the trail to be considerate of other people and to promote a safe trail environment. For hikers and cyclists it is imperative to be cautious around horseback riders. This is because horses are large animals that have the potential to spook easily, posing a safety hazard to the rider, horse, or even the hiker or biker. It is always best to communicate with the rider to...

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...

The North Face Endurace Challenge

Washington, D.C.: Mud, sweat, and more mud were the main ingredients during this years’ Washington D.C. North Face Endurance Challenge. A blustery and wet week turned into an artic blast this past Saturday for the 50 mile and 50k races. Runners battled their way through 50 miles of rocky, muddy terrain while pushing through frigid 30-degree temperatures. The North Face encourages individuals to never stop exploring and to always Leave No Trace during those epic adventures. Cold and rainy weather turned every bare part of the trail into a mud puddle, turning this race into a truly epic...

Fluffing the Duff

Dawsonville, GA: What is the, "duff"? Duff, is the layer of ground made up of leaves, sticks, and loose organic soil. This layer of duff can be easily compacted by tents at campsites. Avoid leaving your mark by fluffing the duff after your stay, keeping the campsite looking as pristine as possible for others to enjoy. Steph and Andy – Su baru/Leave No Tra ce Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy Mossey 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...

Clean Your Bottom!

Springfield, MO--Springtime invites you to take advantage of the sunshine and dancing waterways; but after a day of paddling, don't forget to clean your bottom! Your boat's bottom, that is. Giving your boat a good scrub before heading back home can help eliminate the spread of invasive species, invasive species that may be trying to hitchhike their way into new ecosystems. Do your best to remove all small seeds and micro-organisms; if accidentally transferred, these hitchhikers may be introduced to a new area/region creating an imbalance. 42% of endangered species are actually put out by...

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...

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