Problems We Solve

While we enjoy the natural world, Leave No Trace teaches us how to minimize our impacts. As part of that work, the organization is taking on these and other challenges.

Trashed Natural Areas

A cumulative impact from every discarded wrapper can devastate a natural area—removing trash is a simple but important and effective act of stewardship.

Plastic water bottle laying on sand

Polluted Water

Water is precious to all life. Simple, easy-to-follow advice helps ensure that rivers, lakes and oceans receive high levels of protection.

Various plastics floating on body of water.

Misinformation in the Outdoors

Simply checking the forecast can save your life. From camping skills to safety measures, there is no such thing as too much information for an enjoyable outdoor adventure.

Man taking photo of forest from high vantage point from phone.

Wildlife at Risk

Wildlife should be just that—wild. Providing access to human food, or even just approaching too closely, is more harmful than most people imagine.

Caribou carcass.

Damaged Trails

Trail erosion can permanently alter the landscape and is preventable when people adopt Leave No Trace principles.

Wooded forest floor.

Destructive Fires

Careless actions, such as leaving campfires unattended or casually discarding cigarettes, are among the most common causes of destructive wildfires, leading to billion-dollar losses and the death of people and wildlife.

Wildfire burning through forest floor.

Connecting Youth to Nature

Kids are spending less time outside than ever before. Leave No Trace works every day to help develop our future champions for nature.

Group of kids looking at instructor providing a field lesson.

Crowded Parks

Overcrowding can cause disruption to wildlife, harm to the natural landscape and even lead to social conflicts.

Drone shot of hundreds of rafters floating down a river.

Let’s protect and enjoy our natural world together

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