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Behind The Scenes: Impacts At Tillamook State Forest

Tillamook State Forest, OR: If you've ever wondered what land managers are doing to practice Leave No Trace and what issues they face, this interview is for you. In order to better understand specific recreational impacts to Tillamook State Forest and how the Oregon Department of Forestry works to resolve them, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer West Team interviewed Macy Yates, Recreation & Facilities Specialist for Tillamook State Forest. Macy has literally seen it all - from left behind self-made port a potties to piles of litter so vast that you would think you were in a...

Thunderstruck

Little River State Park, VT: You wake up early, antsy to climb Camel’s Hump Mountain and summit to the 360* view. Hours later, legs heavy with the repeated squat-like steps up the mountain’s side, you hear the “Sound of the drums, Beating in my heart, The thunder of guns, Tore me apart”. And suddenly realize, “You've been, Thunderstruck”! Every year, thousands of hikers are struck by lightening. Yes. Thousands . This week, we decided to discuss different tactics we can do if we find ourselves in a lightning storm. Please, keep in mind, these are not sure-fire ways to avoid the dangers of a...

Find your AWE-mazing

Waterbury, VT: Have you ever had an EPIC because you accidentally took the baby shark trail and left your first rest stop without a quick gear check , leaving yourself camera-less after doing the jig to catch your awe-mazing moment? To be sure this doesn’t happen to you, here are a few key terms, ideas, and philosophies to remember this summer while getting ready to hit the trails: AN EPIC: This is what happens when you forget a few essentials while planning and preparing—often ending with picker filled limbs, stubbed toes, and fresh pack tears...

But my dog would never do that!

Joshua Tree National Park, California: Dogs are not allowed off leash or unaccompanied in Joshua Tree National Park. In Joshua Tree, dogs are confined to roads and campgrounds and may not go on trails or into the backcountry. These restrictions are commonly found at almost all National Parks and across the board in most other parks, with a few exceptions. These restrictions are nothing new, since the National Park Service has had dog restrictions since the 1920s and 1930s. Joshua Tree National Park has its share of impacts associated with unrestrained dogs. In 2002 dogs from the local...

Teaching in the Center's backyard

Boulder, CO: As the 2015 season starts up for the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program we are busy at the Center. In order to get ready for the year we are packing our cars, gathering educational supplies, tweaking lessons/powerpoints, and planning our schedule. Fortunately, this week we were able to get away from all the packing and planning and spend some time teaching and working in the community. This past week we worked with both the Lyons Elementary School after school programs and the Colorado Mountain Club. You couldn’t ask for a more fun group of kids to work with than at...

Happy New Year

Boulder, CO: It is the beginning of a new year and another chance to make resolutions. The typical new years resolutions are to lose weight, quit a bad habit, or spend more time with your family and friends. We suggest to not only stick with the typical resolutions, but we also want to encourage everybody to add in a Leave No Trace resolution. Here are some examples of how you can resolve to limit your impact on the environment and on other visitors. Here are just a few examples for 2015: · Walk through mud puddles in the middle of the trail, rather then walking on the sides...

Leave No Trace with dogs infomercial

Watch our fun infomercial about how to control your dog at the areas you are traveling and camping in. Thanks for watching and remember to be like Bigfoot and Leave No Trace! Pat and TJ Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2014 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, REI, and Smartwool.

Subaru of America and Leave No Trace

Boulder, Colorado: We want to thank Subaru of America for their partnership and continued support of Leave No Trace and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. Remember to be like Bigfoot! Pat and TJ Leave No Trace’s Patrick and Theresa Beezley are part of the 2014 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, Coleman, Hi-Cone, REI, and Smartwool.

How to Practice and Promote Leave No Trace at your School

Jacksonville, Florida: Happy Acres Ranch is a school, summer camp, and afterschool program that is dedicated to including Leave No Trace and outdoor education/recreation in their students’ education. Happy Acres provides kids with a chance to experience their outdoor environment through programs, play, and they also advocate environmental ethics. Programs like Happy Acres have infrastructures to allow for this type of education but, for those that don’t, Leave No Trace has materials, programs, and ideas on how outdoor ethics education can be implemented for their students. Below are...

Choose Your Hot Spot

Now is your opportunity to nominate an outdoor area for a week-long visit from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in 2016. Everyday, people seek the outdoors for adventure, kinship, exercise, solitude, and all forms of enjoyment. Yet the places we have explored and adored for years are impacted by recreational use, some more severely than others. We call these areas Hot Spots –sites that are damaged but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace applications. By identifying and working with Hot...

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