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Anatomy of a Successful Hot Spot

Aspen, CO: Imagine a cross between a frat party and a Phish concert. Now drop that scene onto a high alpine basin with a small hot springs pool and you’ve got an idea of the trouble that was facing Conundrum Hot Springs until recently. Trash, discarded clothing, exposed piles of human waste (yup, poop), loud groups and music playing on speakers, vegetation damage from trampling and firewood gathering, human-wildlife conflicts, and safety risks to unprepared hikers marred the wilderness character of this otherwise idyllic spot high in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness...

Parks are Taking Action to Protect Vital Resources

Ocala National Forest, FL: Trash is an eyesore when hitting the trails! While on the road, we have observed (and picked up) our fair share of other peoples throw away items. Our favorite trails, and public spaces don’t always have to look like a rubbish bin however. In fact, in Juniper Springs Recreation Area land managers have prohibited single use, disposable items on the popular Juniper Springs Run; and guess what? It works! This pristine paddle enters protected wilderness and is a very unique ecosystem with a gorgeous subtropical climate. It is because of these...

Rules for Being a Happy #RoadLife Couple

Cathedral City, California: In what may have been our bravest move of the year, each of us independently came up with a short-list of five road life tips when traveling and working full-time with your partner, in honor of that card-and-flower-slinging holiday y’all call Valentines. We’ll let you judge whether we’re doing it right ;) Jessie: 1. Never be hungry . Ever. For us, this means designating prime real estate in the car (just behind the center console) to a substantially-sized tub o’ snacks. Prevent the supply from dwindling...

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),...

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 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...

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...

Go Canoeing, Leave No Trace

Durham, NC: Whenever friends get together outside; you’re bound to have a great time. This last weekend we visited some great friends while going on an adventure to visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Check out this week’s video to see how we left no trace while canoe camping near a gorgeous wildlife refuge. The first step to any successful trip is to plan it out. Taking each of the seven principles into account, we were prepared for the entirety of our trip. Check out the outline below to see how Leave No Trace applies to canoe camping. Plan Ahead and Prepare: Check...

Acadia National Park a Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia National Park was nominated for a 2016 Hot Spot, these are public areas that are in danger of being loved to death by recreation. As more and more people are going to visit Acadia National Park it is imperative that we, as visitors, are educated and understand how we can protect the park during our visit. Check out some of the great people we worked with during the Acadia National Park Hot Spot, in our Trainer Course blog . Adventure on, and Leave No Trace! Steph and Andy – Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Leave No Trace’s Steph Whatton and Andy...

Learning the Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Rising Fawn, GA--Learn, remember, and teach the Leave No Trace Seven Principles in a fun and interactive way! Curious about any of the things we mentioned in the video? Take a walk through some of our other Leave No Trace blogs to learn about catholes , rule of thumb , how to leave what we find , and what it means to be careful with fire . See you on the trail! Katelyn and Blake Leave No Trace’s Katelyn and Blake are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include...

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