Seven Principles

Heritage Sites

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado: Our national heritage sites are important and critical to protect because once they are gone, they are gone forever and cannot be replaced. On June 8, 1906 Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, which states that any person who should excavate, injure, or destroy any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of antiquity will be fined, imprisoned, or both. However, even with the Antiquities Acts there are still people who circumvent the law and steal or destroy precious artifacts. Leave No Trace has specific guidelines that...

Inspiring Urban Youth

Colorado Springs, Colorado: With a dry, sunny climate and mild year-round temperatures, Colorado Springs is a great place to explore if you love the outdoors. Nearby parks, such as the Garden of the Gods, feature towering red rocks and beautiful trails. Whether you want to commune with nature, get an adrenaline rush on the Arkansas River rafting, or just slow down and bask in the sun - the Pikes Peak region offers beautiful views, wonderful wildlife and over 350 miles of scenic trails. If you lived here, why wouldn’t you want to go outside and play?! That’s the question teacher, Martha Morris...

Canyoneering

The Mojave, Sonoran, Great Basin and Chihuahuan Deserts make up the vast Southwest in the United States. The desert is both a harsh and a fragile environment that requires visitors to travel and camp lightly on the land. Some of the Leave No Trace considerations for the desert can be different from other areas. Water is limited for both visitors and animals in the desert, which requires people to be more conscious of their campsite location. Another consideration is the fragile Cryptobiotic crust or living soil that covers large areas and is necessary for plants to grow from, but can be...

Creating Better Stories in 2013

What adventures are you looking forward to in 2013? A week spent backpacking in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming? Exploring all of the beautiful places in your own backyard? Rafting the great canyons of the west? Trail running in the Adirondacks in New York? Walking your dog at the local park? As Team West of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers gear up for the coming year of travels and adventure we are taking a minute to stop and think about how we can make this year the best year of our lives. We’re using the first principle of Leave No Trace: Plan Ahead and Prepare, to make sure that...

New Year Resolutions

Since the world did not end, we all have to scramble to think of our New Year’s resolution in just a little over a week. The typical 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 2013: · Walk through mud puddles in the middle of the trail, rather...

Forging Ahead

A new community exploding out of the bayou with laces tied tight. Louisiana: fingers of the bayou spread out into the gulf housing alligator and heron filled swamplands, sugar cane fields, and cities bustling with centuries of culture and tradition. Deep in the southern half of Louisiana is an emergence of people that are getting outside and getting dirty. A community of trail runners are inspiring locals to enjoy and respect the beauty in their own backyard. Forge Racing out of Baton Rouge hosts trail races all over Louisiana and is gaining a bigger and bigger following. Jeff Beck at Forge...

The Leave No Tres: Volume One

Presenting Volume One: The Saga of the Ninja The Leave No Trace Master and his followers vow to preserve and protect the places we play. The Leave No Tres: Volume One from Leave No Trace on Vimeo .

Strong Women. Better Future.

Sterlington, Louisiana. Looking to make a difference in the world? Join the Girl Scouts of Louisiana! This weekend Traveling Trainers Dani and Roland spent an evening at the Pinewood Lodge in Northern Louisiana. We had the pleasure of meeting several fabulously ambitious women who are very enthusiastic about implementing Leave No Trace into their on-going curriculum with the Girl Scout of Louisiana, the Pines to the Gulf.The Pines to the Gulf is a charter council with the Girl Scouts of the USA, that serves 42 towns west of the Mississippi River and supports nearly 12,000 girls through...

Whats Going On In Your Area: Mountain Region

The Leave No Trace Backyard Sessions program educates people about taking care of the outdoors in their communities. Through Leave No Trace training and volunteer engagement, the Center delivers the Backyard Sessions program through outdoor service projects for the general public. The Center conducted over 80 Backyard Sessions across the country this year. Check out the Backyard Sessions in the Mountain Region this year. - Colorado State Advocate, Kristin Libberton, introduced the Seven Principles to 37 individuals as they relate to youth with PEAK modules “How Long Does it Last” and “Trek...

Whats Going On In Your Area: Southeast Region

From Our Georgia State Advocate: I am C.J. Ross, the Georgia State Advocate. We recently had a Leave No Trace booth at CoastFest, Georgia's largest celebration of our state's natural resources. It takes place at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources facility at One Conservation Way Brunswick, Georgia. We were one of 75 interactive environmental, educational and resource organizations from around the southeast offering visitors a chance to learn about Georgia's coastal resources and have some fun at the same time. We had 10,000 visitors last year. Doug Cartoonist Jim Jinkins & Leave...

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