Keep Wildfires Wild
Across America, fire season is again upon us. Experts warn of another destructive fire season because of intense droughts, shifting weather conditions and above-average temperatures. Wildfires can burn through almost any outdoor area and be extremely unpredictable in their movements.
While a wildfire can burn almost anywhere on the landscape, the American West is especially vulnerable to wildfires–posing a serious threat to people, wildlife, water sources and air quality.
According to the U.S. Department of Interior, “As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people.” If 90% of fires are caused by humans, 90% of fires are preventable by humans and human behavior.
That’s where Leave No Trace comes in. Leave No Trace teaches people the tangible, vital skills to prevent wildfires while recreating outdoors. Learn important skills to do your part AND then give, so Leave No Trace can provide this needed education to millions more.
The Covid-19 crisis has accelerated an existing upward trend of travelers venturing outdoors, which has been linked to alarming impacts on natural areas. Accelerated rates of outdoor recreation could lead to an increased risk of human-caused fires because of the range in fire safety familiarity – but it doesn’t have to.
More people than ever are receiving Leave No Trace education, and we’re on track to deliver even more programming this year. In addition to other important outdoor skills, individuals exposed to Leave No Trace training are equipped with the tools and techniques to help prevent human-caused wildfires.
Please help end costly and harmful human-caused wildfires by donating to Leave No Trace today. Your gift will directly support the Center’s prevention and education efforts. With your help, Leave No Trace can continue to connect people and nature – creating a brighter future for vulnerable outside areas.
Let’s protect and enjoy our natural world together
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