Seven Principles

Leave What You Find - Gates

Sugar Grove, VA: Principle 4 of the Leave No Trace Seven Principles is: Leave What You Find. When we speak about Principle 4 it usually pertains to: Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches. But it also means to leave gates as you find them, which usually means to close them. In this video the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are hiking in the Grayson Highlands of...

Don't Bust the Crust - How You Can Protect The Desert Ground

Moab, UT: Biological soil crust, also known as cryptobiotic soil, is the foundation of desert plant life. This black, knobby crust is made up of many different living organisms and plays a vital role in maintaining the desert eco-system. However, this sensitive soil is extremely fragile and can take decades to grow. Even a footstep can damage the crust for decades, having lasting impacts on the desert environment. So next time you're out exploring the Southwest, please stick to trails, especially if you on a bike or OHV. If traveling overland while hiking or canyoneering, use a route that...

Easy How To Leave What You Find

Boone, NC: It can be hard to Leave What You Find sometimes. When we enjoy the outdoors sometimes we find cool stuff. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recommends that it is best for nature and for future generations if we leave the cool things that we find where we found them. One thing that is easy to leave what you find is invasive species. Invasive species are plants, animals, or pathogens that are non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm. There are many of these around the country and for more...

Car Camping: Doing the Dishes 101

Columbus, OH: Doing the dishes is a dirty proposition but it doesn't have to be difficult. Check out the video to learn a quick and simple way to wash dishes while front country camping. 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, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, and SmartWool.

Beat the Boredom, Three Tent-Time Activities for Bad Weather

Madison, WI: You’re getting prepped for your next camping trip. Everything looks great, gear lined up; permits in order, you even have your food shopping done. Then, everything changes. A huge swath of green and blue takes over your weather radar screen and its time to adjust tactics. Are you still going to go? Are you going to have to plan for a little more tent-time than you were originally hoping for? Life living on the road means camping out in all types of weather. Even on those relentlessly rainy days we do our best to get outside and explore while staying (mostly) dry in our rain gear...

How to Leave No Trace in the San Juan Islands

Lopez Island, WA: San Juan County is the first Leave No Trace county in the nation. This designation came about because of a dedicated and passionate group of locals, who wanted to protect and steward these special islands they call home. Today, different agencies, organizations, citizens, businesses, and local leaders have committed to integrating Leave No Trace into every aspect of the islands. Their hope is to educate and inspire the one million annual visitors to Leave No Trace during their next visit. Here are a few steps you can take to help Leave No Trace next time you are on the San...

Take That Poop To Go

Las Cruces, NM - Packing out our human waste can be play a critical role in protecting sensitive environments. Using human waste disposal bags is recommended when the soil is too hard, or even too sensitive (think desert and tundra soils) to dig a cat hole, or when you can't get 200 feet away from water to adequately protect that water from contamination. Land managers are more frequently beginning to require the use of human waste bags to minimize sanitation and environmental impacts in high use areas. Learn how to use one of the many human waste bags on the market by watching the short...

Bigfoot Sighting at Delano Park!

Decatur, AL: This week from Monday, September 19, 2016 to Monday, September 26, 2016 Leave No Trace is hosting a Hot Spot at Delano Park in Decatur, Alabama. There have been several events already ranging from Fitness Night in Delano Park ( where Bigfoot was seen doing yoga ) to a Leave No Trace Awareness workshop with the Decatur Parks and Recreation Department ( where Bigfoot was seen giving words of wisdom ). Hot Spot Week at Delano Park This week Leave No Trace has partnered with the Delano Park Conservancy to educate the community about outdoor ethics. Delano Park...

Build a Better Campfire

Lopez Island, WA: Ever have a fire that produces more smoke than heat? Here's a better way to build your campfire, while minimizing your campfire impacts. Remember to always have some water nearby and drown your fire before heading to bed. Have fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace’s Alex Roberts and Emy Gelb are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country....

Poop Tube 101

Nashville, TN: Do you know how to dispose of your human waste when in the outdoors? Here are the general guidelines on how to dispose of waste properly when in the outdoors: Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use...

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