What difference does it make if you toss a cigarette butt or drop an orange peel or pick a flower? Imagine 300 million cigarette butts or 300 million orange peels or . . . no wildflowers. Sound like a place that you would like to visit?
Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethic — a way for all of us to understand the impact that our actions have on our backcountry areas and a way for us to think about ways we can modify our behavior to minimize our impact on the areas we love and want to keep wild. At the heart of Leave No Trace are seven principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities. Leave No Trace practices and principles extend common courtesy and hospitality to other backcountry visitors and to the natural world of which we are all a part.
Trail Patrol offers a number of Leave No Trace classes throughout the year that teach the skills of Leave No Trace and how to share this information with others. Our Leave No Trace Trainers Courses meet The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics standards and certify participants as national LNT Trainers.
We must all do our part to ensure that our wild lands remain wild for generations to come. Leave No Trace offers a way for all of us — using little or no extra effort — to take care of our backcountry areas such as our national parks and wilderness areas. Click here to learn more. You can also learn more about the seven LNT principles by downloading Trail Patrol’s LNT Brochure.
Trail Patrol’s Leave No Trace Committee is a dedicated group of men and women who are passionate about protecting the backcountry and sharing their knowledge with others. They are the instructors who teach classes and the facilitators who give presentations on Leave No Trace throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
To learn more about Leave No Trace or how you can join Trail Patrol’s efforts to spread the word on the safe and responsible enjoyment of our backcountry resources, contact Trail Patrol’s Leave No Trace Committee Chair.
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