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3 Ways to Prevent Bear Attacks!

Kernville, CA: Did you know that "bears are proficient at climbing, swimming and running at up to 35mph," according to the American Bear Association. This means that it is very important that we take the steps necessary to minimize our contact with bears. Below we have listed 3 ways that you can avoid bear attacks by practicing Leave No Trace. Please by aware that encounters with bears can be unpredictable and the methods listed below are NOT full proof; a bear can attack at any time! 3 Ways to Prevent Bear Attacks: Plan Ahead and Prepare Contact the area...

Leave What You Find While Kayaking

Everglades, FL: At the end of your day's paddle sure to leave what you find by checking the hull of your boat for any invasive species that may be attached. If you see anything, wipe the hull down to help prevent the spread of these hitchhikers from place to place. Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace 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 program include Subaru of America, REI, ENO, Deuter...

Leave No Trace For Frontcountry Environments

Gibsonia, PA: Did you know that about 85% of all recreation is based in Frontcountry environments? An area that is easily accessible by vehicle and mostly visited by day users. Frontcountry locations tend to attract more visitors than the backcountry. So, Here are some tips and tricks that will help us to minimize our impacts and leave no trace while on Frontcountry trails. Know Before You Go • Be sure to bring enough food and water for the days adventure. Having supplies for your day will maximize your comfort and safety, increasing the quality of your experience. •...

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...

How to poop in the woods

Hueco, TX: Do you know how to poop in the outdoors? 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.

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...

Using the Thumb Trick: Keep a Safe Distance From Wildlife

New Paltz, NY: Would you like to learn about how we can respect wildlife while we are out on the trail by using the thumb trick? It's easy, make a thumbs up, extend your arm all the way, close one eye, and see if you can hide the animal with your thumb. If you can't hide the entire animal with your thumb take a few steps back and try again. When you can hide the whole animal, this means you are a safe distance from wildlife. Enjoy the trail! Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Stephanie Whatton and Andy Mossey are part of the 2016 Subaru/...

5 Tips to Leave No Trace on the Slopes

Vail, CO: Enjoy our latest video on how to minimize your impact on the slopes. 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 Patrick and Theresa 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, Deuter, Eagles Nest Outfitters, REI, and Smartwool,.

Planning Ahead and Prepare for Winter Recreation

Keene Valley, NY: With newly fallen snow in the Adirondacks, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers share how they Plan Ahead and Prepare for a ski tour in freezing temperatures. Carrying essential items is of the utmost importance for comfort, safety, and the ability to Leave No Trace. So what are the essential items? We can break down these items into six categories. · Comfort: Clothing and extra layers for weather · Communication: Whistle, phone, and/or reflective mirror · Nutrition: Food and water · Navigation: Map and compass, and/or a GPS device · Fixing Gear: Repair kit,...

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