Seven Principles

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...

Leave No Trace at the Buffalo National River

Jasper, AR: Have you been to America's First National River? The Buffalo National River is located in Arkansas and is one of the most beautiful rivers in the country. Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools while surrounded by massive bluffs as you cruise through the Ozark Mountains down to the White River. Did you know that Leave No Trace has local state chapters? To get more involved in your area check out our map HERE...

Skills Video: Bear Canisters

Flagstaff, AZ: When we go over to a friend's place for a visit, it's generally polite to bring some snacks or refreshments. However, when visiting the homes of our wildlife friends, it's just the opposite. Wildlife needs to eat wild things. When they get exposed to eating people food, it's called "food conditioning," which puts both us and them at risk. Last week, we showed you how to hang your food and other " smellables " using the PCT Bear Hang . This week, we are showing you how to use a bear canister. Bear canisters have a few advantages: 1. Some places don't have adequate trees for a...

Martin Park Nature Center Hot Spot

Oklahoma City, OK: Have you ever been to Oklahoma City? Oklahoma City is home to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Paseo Art District, grain silos repurposed into climbing gyms, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the Martin Park Nature Center. According to their website the "Martin Park Nature Center is a hub for nature exploration and education for visitors of all ages. Guided hikes, education programs and an interactive learning center provide visitors a place to learn about nature and wildlife in a serene, suburban environment.” Leave No Trace has been in Oklahoma City for the...

Hot Spot: A Plan to Protect the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves

Fort Pierce, FL: The Indian River Lagoon region has over 7 million visitors every year. The blue waters, and sunny skies make it easy to see why one would love to paddle and visit these waterways. However, with each person visiting this unique ecosystem, impacts are becoming more and more prominent. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers visited the preserves during the first 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot. After spending some time exploring the area with the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves land managers and volunteers with the Friends of the Spoil Islands ; we became witness to...

Bears Complain: PCT Bear Hang is Unbearable!

Flagstaff, AZ: Let's face it, getting attacked by a bear could ruin your whole trip. While attacks are rare, bears becoming conditioned to our food is an all too frequent occurrence. They get into improperly stored food or our trash, and then begin associating us a source of food. This leads to cars being broken into, close encounters in the backcountry, or a full on attack in the worst of cases. When this happens, land managers are forced to euthanize these wonderful symbols of wilderness. It's on us as outdoor recreationists to respect wildlife by properly storing our food, trash, and other...

Yielding 101

Oklahoma City, OK: Do you know the yield triangle? In this video you can find out more about the seventh Leave No Trace Principle, Be Considerate of Others . We all enjoy the outdoors and even though we may do different activities to enjoy the outdoors we can still work together and share our outdoor spaces so that we can all have a great time. Please be considerate of others when you hit the trails. The yield triangle is an easy and effective technique to enjoy the trails with everyone. The first rule of the yield triangle is that all stock and horse users have the right of way at all times...

Leave No Trace Skills: Using a Fire Pan

Brevard, NC: The winter winds are still afloat, even with a warm summer’s breeze meandering aloft in the Pisgah high country. The mountains are beautiful here; rivers with tumbling waterfalls, cascading over rock ledges. Pines and rhododendrons are filling in the underbrush. The granite dome of Looking Glass towers above the valley floor. As we camp along a ridgeline we ask ourselves, “should we even have a campfire here”? Campfires while on an overnight trip are so important, to so many people. When rules and regulations allow it and the fire danger is low, having a campfire is a great way...

Skills Series: Invasive Species & Cleaning Gear

Austin, TX: The fourth principle of Leave No Trace is to Leave What You Find . In this addition of the Leave No Trace Skills Series we talk about how to stop the spread of invasive species through the cleaning of outdoor gear. What is an invasive species you ask? An invasive species is non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration whose introduction causes or is likely to cause environmental harm. Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other organisms (e.g., microbes). Human actions are the primary means of invasive species introductions. On Invasivespeciesinfo.gov you can...

Disposing of Waste Properly: WAG Bags

Sedona, AZ: When it comes to properly disposing of human waste, there are four objectives to consider. 1. Minimize water contamination 2. Minimize social and aesthetic impacts 3. Minimize the spread of disease 4. Maximize decomposition If we are unable to meet one or more of these requirements, it's best that we pack out our waste. One light weight way to do so is with a W.A.G. Bag. Check out this video on how to go about using this double bag system. WAG Bags are necessary because only bagging our waste creates biohazard...

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