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Pop Quiz: Do You Know How to Leave No Trace?

Plattsburgh, NY: Leaving no trace is an easy way to help protect the natural world. However, times change and recommended Leave No Trace skills and ethics change too. Do you know what it takes to Leave No Trace today? Take our quiz to test your knowledge. No matter what your score turns out to be it’s important to remember; it doesn’t matter what you have done yesterday or today, it’s about the choices we make tomorrow and in the future. By continuing to do our part, we can all protect nature and the animals who call it home. Thank you for doing your part to Leave No Trace! If you would like...

Preventing the Posthole

Lake Placid, NY: Getting out for a hike on the trails in the winter time has a lot of perks; less people, warm jackets, soft snow, and a warm thermos. As you prepare for that wonderful hike into the snowy mountains though, will you be prepared to prevent your posthole? What is a, “posthole” anyway? Well, when walking thru the snow our boot prints sink deep into the snow creating big holes, know as postholes. Traveling on a trail that has big ruts and postholes is inefficient and dangerous for ankles. This is why snowshoes and skis are so important when out on the trails. These pieces of gear...

How Far is 200 Feet?

Stone Ridge, NY: When was the last time you were hiking and you felt the call of nature? Using the “facili-trees” is a normal part of being in the outdoors. However, do you know how far from water sources, trails, and campsites you should go before answering the call? Leave No Trace recommends walking 200 feet to reduce the chances of contaminating water sources and trails. Not sure exactly how far 200 feet is? Luckily we have a simple trick you can use; 200 feet is approximately 70 big steps! Walk in a mostly straight line away from those water sources and trails to reach your defecation...

What's Your Plan?

Seattle,WA: For some it's stressful. For others, it's their favorite part of the trip. For everyone, planning is the essential way to have the most fun and lowest impact adventure possible. Every great trip begins with some kind of check in. Where are we going? Fresh batteries in the beacon? Got a throw bag? How about a med kit? Know how to use it? Asking a few crucial questions like these before you leave is necessary to ensuring that you and your group minimize your impact while out adventuring. That's why we created this easy to use Leave No Trace Plan template. Fill this out...

Respecting Wildlife When Least Expected

Glacier National Park, MT: It’s so easy to say, “ respect wildlife ” when heading out into the wilderness. Most of us want to keep wildlife wild and respect their home, by practicing Leave No Trace. Sometimes though, wildlife happens. They aren’t always seeking us out but we are visitors in their home and they are used to romping around where they please. This is exactly what happened to Steph and I this past August while visiting Glacier National Park in Montana. Between our time educating and sharing knowledge with the public, we have been very fortunate to explore the places we visit. In...

3 Must Do Adventures in Northern Florida

Orlando, FL: It’s the beginning of the week, which gives us all plenty of time to plan for the next adventure. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers have spent the last two weeks in Florida and have found some amazing gems in the outdoors. The following list is for you to discover some of these unique places in the sunshine state. When we first thought of Florida, we pictured white sand beaches, sunshine, and all the theme parks one imagination can think up. All of these things do exist, but there is a whole other side to the Florida lifestyle. Floridians love a good adventure and we...

Fluffing the Duff: A Backcountry Camping Skill

Ocala, FL: Having a grasp of backcountry camping skills is just as important as knowing about the area you are planning to visit. This week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers share how to help a campsite revive itself after a night or two of camping. What is this skill? Read on to learn more. Soil compression can lead to site creep ; the expansion of a campsite over time due to soil compression and the removal of organic litter. Fluffing the duff is a skill that helps a campsite to rebound after the compression effects from a tent. Take some time after...

A Hot Spot to Protect Fayette County, GA

Peach Tree City, GA : Have you ever heard of a town that commutes by Golf Cart? This is a reality in Fayette County, Georgia where residents have access to over 90 miles of multi-use Greenways. Walkers, runners, cyclists, and even riders of golf carts utilize these paths every day of the year to get around town and to access the counties green spaces. These nature areas of Fayette County are the focus of a 2016 Leave No Trace Hot Spot. For one full week the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers worked hand-in-hand with the Southern Conservation Trust , who manages the green spaces in...

19th Annual Catskill Ice Festival - New Paltz, NY

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are excited to be on site at the 19th Annual Catskill Ice Climbing Festival. Come find our outreach booth to test your Leave No Trace knowledge! The Trainers will be on site providing Leave No Trace information and will even be out at the crags, climbing and educating about minimum impact ice climbing techniques.

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...

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