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Leave No Trace Tips for Mountain Biking

Ocala, FL: Heading out on a trail ride? Check out these Leave No Trace tips before heading out on your adventure! Plan Ahead and Prepare : check with land managers, local bike shops, local cycling groups and www.mtbproject.com for the most up-to-date trail information. Stick to the Trail : for biking, durable surfaces include established trails, authorized slick rock areas, dirt roads, and pavement. Check local regulations to see if off-road travel by bike is allowed. Dispose of Waste Properly : Use restroom facilities before hitting the...

How Long Does It Last Video

Joshua Tree, CA: How long will trash last for if it is left as litter in the outdoors? Find out in our video. Thanks for watching and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace. Pat and TJ - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer West Central Team Leave No Trace’s Pat Beezley and TJ Beezley 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, REI, ENO, Deuter, and SmartWool.

The 2016 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership

California, PA: This past weekend, Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Steph and Andy, hit the road to attend the 2016 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership. The Wilderness Education Association (WEA) emphasizes the importance of education through the use and exploration of our public wild lands. The conference, an annual gathering of outdoor educators and leaders, is a place to share and learn the latest in educational techniques, practices, and research found in the outdoor and experiential education industry. Leave No Trace was in attendance this year as a resource for...

Simple ways to minimize your impact while climbing

Hueco Tanks, TX: Do you know how to minimize your impact at climbing areas? Thanks for watching and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace. Pat and TJ - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer West Central Team Leave No Trace’s Pat Beezley and TJ Beezley 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, REI, ENO, Deuter, and SmartWool.

What Impact Bothers You Most?

Santa Rosa, CA: Traveling the country has provided us with abundant opportunities to see and experience amazing places. We have stood on top of volcanoes, watched the sunset from our surf boards in the Pacific Ocean, traversed deep into canyons, made big powder turns in the backcountry and set up camp in some of America's most iconic wild spaces. With this exploration, we have also stumbled upon many impacts. As we stop on the trail, wiping our brow of sweat, and catch a glimpse of impact, we grip our hiking poles tightly, take a deep breath and remind ourselves that Leave No Trace education...

Desert Travel 101: Don't Bust the Crust!

Sedona, AZ: Desert Travel 101: Don't bust the crust! When traveling off trail in a desert environment in the American southwest you will likely encounter Cryptobiotic soil, or " desert glue ". DO NOT Step on it! Here's why: This fragile living biological soil takes decades to form, yet can be killed with one footprint. I f crushed it can contribute to spring runoff beginning as much as 50 days sooner than usual. Cryptobiotic soil also holds the desert floor in place reducing erosion, fixes nitrogen to plants and has the ability to intercept and store water . It can be identified by it's...

Are You Making These 7 Rookie Mistakes When Practicing Leave No Trace?

Grand Canyon, AZ: Ever wonder if your recreation is 100% Leave No Trace? Below, we walk you through some of the innocent mistakes people commonly make when enjoying the outdoors responsibly. P.S. - If you've been guilty of one of these less than Leave No Trace acts, not to worry. Here at Leave No Trace we say, "It's not what you did yesterday, it's what you do tomorrow." Happy myth busting! 7 Less than Leave No Trace Rookie Mistakes: 1. Walking around a mud puddle to stay dry and clean. Best to walk single file on the trail, even when wet...

Why We Should All Pack Out Our Dog's Poo

High Falls, NY: Have you ever wondered why it is alright for bears and other wildlife to poo in the woods but not acceptable for our dogs? A bears diet consists mainly of natural plants and berries, while our pet's waste is considered unnatural. Dog food is derived from processed foods which we wouldn't typically find in nature. According to the CDC, or Center for Disease Control one days worth of dog waste can contain several billion fecal bacteria along with Giardia, hookworm, and tapeworms. If our pet waste reaches waterways, it can be harmful to other animals, wildlife, and even humans...

Klean Kanteen and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers

Red River, NM: Learn about the importance of using a reusable water bottles over single use bottles in our latest video. Thanks for watching and remember to be like the Center’s mascot Bigfoot and Leave No Trace. Pat and TJ - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer West Central Team Leave No Trace’s Pat Beezley and TJ Beezley 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, REI, ENO, Deuter, and SmartWool.

Leave No Trace Is Successful

Mammoth Lakes, CA: December is well upon us; The time of year where we gather with family, celebrate the holidays and enjoy being cozy around the fire. With this comes a natural period of reflection. We look back on our accomplishments and perhaps ponder our goals ahead. In thinking about this in relation to Leave No Trace, it is not always so immediately clear whether or not we have made a difference. You see, if Leave No Trace is successful , you can't always visualize it because there would not be any signs of impacts. In addition, most people are transient visitors to the places they...

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