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Skills Series: How to Do Your Dishes in the Backcountry

Ten Sleep, WY: Dirty dishwater and food scraps can pollute our rivers, lakes, and streams, which is why Leave No Trace always recommends doing your dishes at least 200 feet, or 70 big steps, away from any water sources. Even biodegradable soaps can take between six months and several years to fully break down in water environments. In that time, they contribute excess nutrients to water sources and alter pH balances, both factors that are critical for healthy waters. The one-bucket wash system is perfect for backcountry situations when your group has finished a one-pot meal...

A Local Gem in Danger

New Paltz, NY: The Peekamoose Blue Hole has become an Internet celebrity. Now selected, as a 2017 Leave No Trace Hot Spot , the Blue Hole needs a new type of fame, one that recognizes its fragile ecology. This geologic formation is wild in nature and unfortunately; its fame has exponentially increased the number of visitors and the impacts, which follow them. With anywhere from 600-2000 visitors in a weekend the ¾ acre footprint of the Blue Hole has seen its fair share of impacts. Soil erosion, trampled vegetation (including small plants, flowers, and primarily mosses),...

Everyday Trail Maintenance

Madison, WI: When we think of trail maintenance, we often think of experienced workers, with large packs and larger tools, hiking in many miles with everything from McLeods to pick mattocks . But you don't have to be an experienced trail crew member to help keep our trails nice and tidy. Here are some tips and tricks on how to help your local trail crews when you're out on a hike: 1. Get Dirty After snowmelt or wet spells, those muddy or waterlogged trails can prove hard to travel - but earning that trail and the dirt that comes with it is half the fun! Come prepared with...

Wildlife Poop Versus Dog Poop: Explained

Estes Park, CO: Researchers in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park were greeted with exciting findings earlier this year when samples of bear scat mixed with soil in the Park's greenhouse yielded more than 1,200 Oregon-grape and Chokecherry seedlings. The astounding number of seedlings that germinated from the fertile mixture of bear scat and soil provided even greater evidence for the interdependence of species living in the Rocky Mountain ecosystem. According to researchers, the seedlings are much more likely to germinate after passing through a bear's internal system...

Leave No Trace Skills Series: How to Plan a Backcountry Trip

Boulder, CO: Planning an overnight backcountry trip and not sure where to start? Or just want to make sure you’re minimizing your impacts in the backcountry? Either way, check out the video below for pro tips on what to do before you hit the dusty (or sandy, snowy or rocky) trail. Being prepared for your backcountry experience will make your trip more fun, safer and will keep you from damaging your favorite outdoor places. 1. Fancy equipment won’t help you much if you don’t know how to use it. Check for outdoor skills classes at your local outdoor store, college or...

Get Your Dose of Vitamin Nature with Leave No Trace

Boulder, CO: Scientific research is increasingly demonstrating what many of us have known for years - time spent in nature is an overwhelmingly restorative experience. The mounting body of evidence continues to show that time spent in nature is beneficial for mental, emotional, and physical health. Attention and Concentration Researchers from the University of Michigan found that individuals who spent time in natural environments performed better on tasks involving directed-attention activities than individuals who spent time in an urban environment. Their...

Take These Tips to the Alpine

Franconia Notch, NH: This unique environment is home to hundreds of species of plants, insects, lichens, and wildlife. The organisms living here are only found in this elevation and environment, making them incredibly rare. When hikers visit during the day or on a backpacking trip, each step we take in the alpine creates the potential for big impacts to sensitive vegetation. It is up to each and every one of us to do our part while visiting alpine zones. Below are the essential tips and tricks to know for your next adventure in the mountains. Plan Ahead and Prepare...

Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse?

Boulder, Colorado: Are you ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse Across America? Check out our video and blog below for tips on preparing for this historic event! 1. Know before you go: With over seven million people traveling to see the eclipse, you're sure to find lots of traffic, and little to no cell phone service, food, or other supplies available in the path of totality . Make sure you bring everything you'll need for a five to six day trip, since most agencies anticipate that roads in and out of the eclipse zone will be gridlocked at least two days before...

Having The (Pooping in the Woods) Talk with Your Kids

Indianapolis, IN: As children get older, they seek out ways to assert their independence: taking responsibility for different parts of their lives, consulting friends rather than parents for advice, and, sometimes, taking the easy way instead of the right way out of situations. For outdoors-loving families, one of the ways kids assert themselves - and at a young age - is taking care of bathroom requirements on their own. While it's easy to do with the toilets they're used to, on trails and trips where there are no toilets, it can be much easier to form bad habits, especially...

Five Great Leave No Trace Educational Resources

Boulder, CO: Summer is slowly winding down and school is starting up, which means reading, writing, arithmetic…and Leave No Trace! We believe Leave No Trace should be part of every child’s educational experience. In fact, that’s the motivation behind our Leave No Trace for Every Kid initiative. While the Traveling Trainers reach thousands of kids each year with direct Leave No Trace education, we know that parents, teachers, scout leaders, camp staff, and everyone with kids in his or her life can play a pivotal role in helping them develop an outdoor ethic. While on the road...

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