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Kanarra in the Coal Mine

KANAB, UTAH-- The Joes started the year in Southern Utah, which seemed like another planet compared to our Midwestern roots. Slot canyons are wild, y’all! Immediately after hiking part of Buckskin Gulch, we stopped at a Kanab coffeeshop, picked up a copy of The Southern Utah Independent , and saw a story that caught our eyes. Local land managers had imposed fees on a similar slot canyon just 50 miles northwest. Why? Human waste! According to the SU Independent , Kanarra Falls Canyon has seen a significant uptick in users with an equivalent increase in impacts,...

Leave No Trace Launches Citizen Science Monitoring Program

Boulder, Colorado: Citizen science is a popular movement that allows people from all walks of life to help advance scientific research by collecting and sharing data. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recently announced a new citizen science pilot project, scheduled for this summer. A grant from the U.S. Forest Service will help fund the project in Colorado’s White River National Forest. The Conundrum Hot Springs area, near Aspen, Colorado, will be one of the focus areas for Leave No Trace's citizen science monitoring pilot project this...

The Resource: February Edition

The Resource is a free monthly e-newsletter — sign up for it today ! Since it’s Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d share one of our staff’s best “Leave No Trace Cringe Date” stories — enjoy! “Just prior to our first date, she texts to say she is running late. Thirty minutes later, she arrives for dinner and launches into a lengthy apology, explaining she was out hiking with friends and their dogs were off leash. They were ticketed by a ranger, and the ranger would not stop explaining why the dogs were not allowed off leash in that area. Thus it was the ranger’s...

Five Great Leave No Trace News Stories from 2017

Boulder, CO: Sure, 2017 may be remembered as the year that “fake news” entered the popular vocabulary, but journalism isn’t dead yet. The five news items below surely rank among the feel-good Leave No Trace stories of the year. Illustration by Michael Byers for 5280 magazine. Are We Loving Colorado's Wild Places to Death? Published by 5280 magazine, this feature story includes great illustrations, photography and an in-depth look at Leave No Trace's efforts in Colorado's...

Colorado Tourism Office and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Join in Ground-Breaking Partnership to Drive Sustainable Tourism in Colorado

Aurora, CO (Oct. 16, 2017) ─ In a joint news conference this week with Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics announced an innovative partnership aimed at encouraging the state’s 82 million visitors to travel like locals and be active stewards of Colorado’s precious natural resources. Image: The Colorado Tourism Office's Cathy Ritter (left) and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Executive Director Dana Watts. The event inspired coverage in the Colorado Business Journal and other regional...

A Local Gem in Danger

New Paltz, NY: The Peekamoose Blue Hole has become an Internet celebrity. Now selected, as a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot , the Blue Hole needs a new type of fame, one that recognizes its fragile ecology. This geologic formation is wild in nature and unfortunately; its fame has exponentially increased the number of visitors and the impacts, which follow them. With anywhere from 600-2000 visitors in a weekend the ¾ acre footprint of the Blue Hole has seen its fair share of impacts. Soil erosion, trampled vegetation (including small plants, flowers, and primarily mosses),...

Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?

Boulder, Colorado: Are you ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse Across America? Check out our video and blog below for tips on preparing for this historic event! 1. Know before you go: With over seven million people traveling to see the eclipse, you're sure to find lots of traffic, and little to no cell phone service, food, or other supplies available in the path of totality . Make sure you bring everything you'll need for a five to six day trip, since most agencies anticipate that roads in and out of the eclipse zone will be gridlocked at least two days before...

The Outdoor Industry Muscles Up

Boulder, Colorado: From its chiseled, thru-hiking calves to its swollen rock-climbing forearms, the U.S. outdoor industry has been flexing its muscles lately. According to the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), a trade organization in Boulder, Colorado, American consumers now spend more on outdoor recreation ($887 billion) than they do on gasoline and fuels ($304 billion), motor vehicles and parts ($465 billion) or pharmaceuticals ($466 billion). OIA’s definition of “outdoor recreation” is broad, including everything from archery to scuba diving. But even the most...

Minnesota State Advocate Rita Hussman Honored With Presidential Award

Boulder, CO: Rita Hussman vividly recalls the day she received a call from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics letting her know that she had been chosen to be the new Minnesota State Advocate — she was in the middle of teaching a Leave No Trace workshop to children at Metropolitan State University. It's that kind of constant dedication that helped her recently earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award. “I don’t think of what I do as volunteering because it's so critical,” Rita said of her Leave No Trace volunteer experience. “There is no question that, now more...

Leave No Trace Seven Principles Rap

Boulder, CO: The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics protects the outdoors by teaching people to enjoy it responsibly. It is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. Through targeted education, research and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world. One way we reach the public is through the creative freedom of our Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program consists of four teams of two educators that travel across the country in Subarus teaching people how to...

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