Currently in its 12th year, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, 2 teams of professional outdoor educators, have reached over 10 million people in 48 states with Leave No Trace education and training.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What's Your Leave No Trace Strategy?

Last weekend we headed to Incline Village, Nevada to set up a booth with Big Blue Adventure Series. In addition to an off-trail triathlon, many trail runners showed up to battle it out during the 5k and 10k races. We had a lot of fun chatting with athletes and spectators about ways to minimize their impacts while competing. Athletes invest a lot of time training for these races and developing a race strategy. We encouraged racers to spend some time developing a Leave No Trace strategy. Trash like water cups and food wrappers are easily misplaced during the race, so having a plan to deal these items is important. Often water cups are dropped at aid stations and quickly picked up by volunteers, but trash dropped on trail can be easily missed by race sweepers. This trash can take many years to decompose and poses a health risk for wildlife. For more ideas on how you can develop your own Leave No Trace strategy click here.

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