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Embracing Technology in the Outdoors: Promoting Inclusivity and Managing Change

Yosemite Valley, CA: The technology-in-the-outdoors debate is alive and thriving. Since cell phones have become a part of our daily lives people have been asking how far is too far? When does technology start taking precious time from the present and rip us from our real-life experiences? “If only millennials would get off their phones and listen to the birds,” we often hear, “they are too blinded by their Instagram likes to really appreciate this place.” With social media like Instagram and Facebook inspiring people to travel and explore our outdoor spaces, privately owned drones being used...

Leave No Trace Skill: Dishwashing for Frontcountry

Midpines, CA: Dirty dishwater and soaps can pollute our rivers, lakes, and streams, which is why Leave No Trace always recommends doing your dishes away from water sources. In the Skills Series video below, we’ll teach you the 4-Bucket dish system that helps you protect your favorite outdoor places. Begin your dishes by ensuring that you are 200 feet (70 big steps) away from all water sources. To start, you'll need four buckets, a scraper, a sponge, minimal biodegradable soap, bleach, a strainer, a trash bag, and a towel/drying rack. Bucket #1: Cold Rinse (Funk Bucket) - This...

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...

Update Your Camping Kit for Leaving No Trace

Lone Pine, CA: As the snow melts, camping season is starting to pick up across the U.S. Packing up the car and hitting the open road this weekend is a ticket to freedom and exploration. You have all of the basic necessities, a stove, cooler, tent and sleeping bags. All this preparation begs the question though; when was the last time you updated your car camping kit for leaving no trace? Read below for just a few of our recommendations for minimum impact living for life on the road. Gaia App: Download this app to have access to detailed maps for any adventure. Accurate, high...

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...

San Marcos River Hot Spot: Protecting a Community Resource

San Marcos, TX: Flowing from artesian springs, the picturesque San Marcos River emerges out of the Edwards Aquifer, forming Spring Lake and flowing south to ultimately join the Blanco River and the Guadalupe River 75 miles downstream. The San Marcos River is considered one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the southwestern United States with numerous threatened and endangered species, including the Texas Blind Salamander, the Fountain Darter, and Texas Wild Rice. As a result, great care must be taken to ensure the river remains clean, clear, and continuously flowing with a stable...

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