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Related to volunteerism and Leave No Trace

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

If Team West were a donkey, then Telluride Bluegrass Festival is our carrot. For those who don't know, one of Tara and Mark's loves is seeing live music. What better way to ring in the summer solstice than celebrating the sun with an extrodinary lineup of musicians, and ten thousand fellow festivarians? We certainly cannot think of one:) We'll be at the festival proudly supporting our partner Planet Bluegrass in the 5th annual ' How Green Is Your Grass? Campsite Challenge '. Promoting sustainable festivation the contest encourages folks to bring their Leave No Trace ideas to their campsites...

Forces of Nature

Stewards of natural resources and nature, the Natural Lands Trust in Pennsylvania owns 40 properties with 21,000 acres as well as conservation easements on more than 19,000 acres. How do they save land, steward natural resources, and connect with nature? They manage it through volunteers in their Force of Nature program and high quality professional staff, of course. This weekend, the Leave No Trace e-tour team stopped in for two different training sessions with these groups to talk about the principles of Leave No Trace, how to apply them in frontcountry settings, and the ways to approach...

Twin Cities Travels

/*--> */ On the edge of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, the e-tour team got a chance to work with some outstanding students from Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, MN. Along with their dedicated teacher, these students are helping work with the development of a brand-new nature center and learning about the outdoors and Leave No Trace along the way. During a day-long workshop, we got to talk about all seven principles, some techniques, and how to message the ideas to others both at their school and in the community. Drawing on their study in the classroom of different biomes and...

Mines & Pines

In an area once dominated by mine pits, the Leave No Trace e-tour team visited with an inspired and inspiring group of high school students to talk about Leave No Trace, protecting the outdoors, and really making an impact in your community. Along with the S.A.L.T., or Service Adventure Learning Team, from Crosby-Ironton High Shool, we headed out on a "Mines & Pines" event where we camped, talked about issues the students cared about, and got to enjoy some great outdoor recreation. Not content to simply master the skills of Leave No Trace, these students approach both their peers at...

Why Leave No Trace is important to Expedition Mississippi:

Guest Blog from the folks at Expedition Mississippi : To make a long answer short, WE NEED THE ENVIRONMENT MORE THAN IT NEEDS US AND OUR POSTERITY WILL NEED IT EVEN MORE THAN WE DO. We rely on the environment more than we realize. It surrounds us 24/7, 365 days a year. The environment produces the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food that we eat . We are just a small part of the intricate system that makes up the whole. Yet in today’s society many forget that. We forget that we are not alone, that there are other species on this earth with which we co-exist. We often imagine...

Mount Rainier Hot Spot Success

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recently completed work at Mount Rainier National Park’s Paradise Area, a 2011 Leave No Trace-designated “Hot Spot.” Located in Washington, Mount Rainier National Park receives up to two-million visitors a year. At Paradise, the most heavily visited area of the park containing 26 miles of trails, recreation-related impacts have been severe. Miles of additional social trails and damage to subalpine meadows caused by off-trail travel have resulted. In partnership with the National Park Service, the Center implemented a multifaceted education program...

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