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How Many Piles of Poop in a Mile?: The Forest Park Hot Spot

How Many Piles of Poop in a Mile? Forest Park Hot Spot, June 19-26, 2017 Portland, OR: “It’s a forest in my backyard.” One visitor told us this on a cool June morning during the Forest Park Hot Spot in Portland, Oregon. She wasn’t exaggerating. Forest Park is the largest urban park in the United States. Just steps away from sidewalks, paved roads and, yes, lots of backyards, Forest Park is 5,172 acres of northwest forest in the middle of Portland. (By comparison, Central Park in New York City is 843 acres.) With 80 miles of wooded trails and forest roads, it’s a haven for daily walkers,...

Soaking in Colorado's Conundrum Hot Springs

Aspen, CO: This week we visited Conundrum Hot Springs in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of Colorado for a Hot Spots Week aimed to provide visitor outreach and recommendations toward protecting this unique resource. The issues at Conundrum Hot Springs are the same issues we're seeing in lots of areas with high visitation. Some of the main concerns include human waste, bear interactions, and discussions over permitting the area because of resource damage and impact to experiencing designated Wilderness. The Forest Service is doing a great job with visitor education — for...

A Leave No Trace Independence Day

Denver, CO: Just as July is one of the biggest months for outdoor recreation in the United States, Independence Day is arguably the biggest holiday nationwide. It's a time meant for food, fun, family, and fireworks. For a lot of people, this means heading outside to celebrate - whether that's with a trip to the top of a mountain to watch the fireworks or a trip to the local park to grill up a meal. Take care of your outdoor spaces this 4th of July by following these Leave No Trace tips all day long: Morning Readiness Make sure you’re ready for the day by...

Riverside Picnicking

Lake of the Ozarks, MO: The thought of summer conjures up mental images of hot days, cool drinks, and as much time spent by the water as possible. We've had the pleasure of being around a lot of rivers this summer, and thought we'd share our Leave No Trace tips for riverside picnics! Things to consider: Preparation is Key. Make sure you plan ahead and prepare by picking a day where the weather looks great. Sunscreen will help save your skin from the water's glare, and insect repellent will keep away the bugs who love the water as much as you do. Stay...

Summer Camp Staff Training and Leave No Trace

Estes Park, Colorado: Since 1921, Camp Cheley has been helping their campers get outdoors to experience the wild Colorado Rocky Mountains. ​Campers at Cheley don't have to go far to feel immersed in the outdoors, campus is based just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park and has a plethora of residential wildlife including deer, elk, and bears. Cheley's programs like backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and rafting encourage campers to have new exciting experiences while developing ethics and care for their outdoor spaces. At Cheley, Leave No Trace isn't just a...

Cleanest Campsite Challenge at Planet Bluegrass Festival

Telluride, CO: Planet Bluegrass holds world-class music festivals in Colorado including Telluride Bluegrass Festival, RockyGrass, and FolksFest. The festival organizers take their green initiatives seriously. Providing campers with compost, recycle, and trash receptacles, using EcoProducts to minimize vendor single-use plastics, and partnering with Leave No Trace to educate visitors on responsible camping as well as awarding sustainable camps with prizes and tickets during the Cleanest Campsite Challenge held at each Planet Bluegrass festival. During the 44th Annual Telluride...

Are You a Considerate Mountain Biker?

Worley, ID : Whether you travel on two feet or on two wheels, word on the trail is that mountain bikers and hikers CAN get along! Are you a considerate mountain biker? Find out if the cyclist in our video can win over the wary hiker and read on for easy things you can do to be a bike ambassador on the trail. 1. Mountain bikers yield to everyone else. Because of their speed and mechanical advantage, cyclists should pause and move off trail, if necessary, to allow hikers and horses to safely pass. For an easy way to yield the trail AND look pro, practice the...

Leave No Trace Skills: Hammock Camping

Bar Harbor, ME: Did you know… Hammocks generally leave a very small footprint and are good examples of minimum impact shelters? There is nothing better than hanging tree side in your hammock for a bit of relaxation. Keep reading to learn how to protect your campsite from potential hammock specific impacts. If you are new to hammock camping or already have a bit of experience the following are a few tricks that will help you to lounge in the most Leave No Trace way. Good campsites are found not made. Set up your hammock camp at least 200 feet from water, trails and other...

Leave No Trace Skill Series: Feminine Hygiene - How To Deal With Your Period While Camping

Kanab, UT: For many women, periods can be an uncomfortable and personal topic. Some may find it hard to ask, " What am I supposed to do in the outdoors if I'm on my period? ". In addition, male guides or educators may skirt the issue, avoiding a topic they may not feel knowledgeable about. If some women are unwilling to ask and men feel uncomfortable explaining, we risk damage and impacts to the outdoor places we visit if periods are dealt with in a less than Leave No Trace way. But have no fear! Amanda, Jessie, and Donielle from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics are here...

Leave No Trace Skills: Frontcountry Kitchen Setup

Joshua Tree, CA: Who loves camping? At Leave No Trace we love camping, so much so that between all four teams of Subaru/Leave No trace Traveling Trainers, we spend over 1000 nights a year under the stars! With all of this camping experience, we have picked up some useful tricks to create the ultimate frontcountry kitchen setup. Read on to see how we Leave No Trace while camping all year long. Use a Tarp or Pop-Up Shade to beat the heat or those rainy days. We keep ours in the car at all times for those, “just in case” scenarios. We try not to let rainy days beat us down and...

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