Problems We Solve

The problems listed below are just some of the challenges the natural world faces today. Leave No Trace develops and enacts viable solutions through educational outreach and action.

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.

Lack of Inclusivity in the Outdoors

The outdoors is for everyone. Yet, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors are all facets that need continuous improvement. Learn what efforts you can take and the ongoing movements to make the outdoors a place for all.

Wildlife at Risk

Wildlife should be just that—wild. Providing access to human food, or even 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 deaths of people and wildlife.

Wildfire burning through forest floor.

Educating Youth About Outdoor Stewardship

Giving kids the proper tools and education to be environmental stewards is the best way to get them invested in nature and conservation while getting them to spend time in the great outdoors.

Crowded Parks

Overcrowding can disrupt wildlife, harm 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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