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1 Leave No Trace program has its roots in backcountry and federally- designated Wilderness areas Leave No Trace program has its roots in backcountry and federally- designated Wilderness areas Very successful and effective program at targeting both backcountry and front country impacts Very successful and effective program at targeting both backcountry and front country impacts 7 principles applicable and universal in all areas, and for all types of non- motorized recreation 7 principles applicable and universal in all areas, and for all types of non- motorized recreation

2 The Fifth Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook contained the first Outdoor Code The Fifth Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook contained the first Outdoor Code The BSA developed the Wilderness Use Policy of the BSA. The BSA developed the Wilderness Use Policy of the BSA.

3 Federal agencies developed educational brochures beginning in the 1970s Federal agencies developed educational brochures beginning in the 1970s Slogan-based, little national leadership or inter-agency coordination Slogan-based, little national leadership or inter-agency coordination Various names: Wilderness Manners, Wilderness Ethics, Minimum Impact Camping, and No-Trace Camping Various names: Wilderness Manners, Wilderness Ethics, Minimum Impact Camping, and No-Trace Camping

4 Developed by U.S. Forest Service (USFS) wilderness managers in the early 1980s Developed by U.S. Forest Service (USFS) wilderness managers in the early 1980s Humanistic approach for wilderness ethics and low impact hiking and camping practices Humanistic approach for wilderness ethics and low impact hiking and camping practices

5 A lack of national leadership, funding and training has limited the effectiveness of early minimum impact educational impacts. A lack of national leadership, funding and training has limited the effectiveness of early minimum impact educational impacts. This included a pilot educational effort with the Boy Scouts of America and the BLM in the High Uintas Wilderness area in Utah. This included a pilot educational effort with the Boy Scouts of America and the BLM in the High Uintas Wilderness area in Utah.

6 USFS program success led to cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service and in the late 1980s USFS program success led to cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service and in the late 1980s In 1990 the USFS formalized a partnership with NOLS to develop a written LNT education curriculum for wild land visitors. In 1990 the USFS formalized a partnership with NOLS to develop a written LNT education curriculum for wild land visitors. A memorandum of understanding was signed with the USFS in 1991 A memorandum of understanding was signed with the USFS in 1991

7 N.O.L.S. NOLS is a non-profit school founded in 1965 to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment. NOLS is a non-profit school founded in 1965 to be the leading source and teacher of wilderness skills and leadership that serve people and the environment. NOLS also developed the ethics and experiential training aspects of the LNT program. NOLS also developed the ethics and experiential training aspects of the LNT program. NOLS developed comprehensive Masters Course curricula and a series of LNT Outdoor Skills & Ethics (S&E) Booklets. NOLS developed comprehensive Masters Course curricula and a series of LNT Outdoor Skills & Ethics (S&E) Booklets.

8 Original Principals of Leave No Trace Backcountry Trip Planning and Preparation Backcountry Trip Planning and Preparation Concentrate Impacts in High Use Areas Concentrate Impacts in High Use Areas Spread Use and Impact in Pristine Areas Spread Use and Impact in Pristine Areas Avoid Places Where Impact is Just Beginning Avoid Places Where Impact is Just Beginning Pack it in, Pack it out Pack it in, Pack it out Properly Dispose of what you Cannot Pack Out Properly Dispose of what you Cannot Pack Out Leave What You Find Leave What You Find Campfire Building in the Backcountry. Campfire Building in the Backcountry.

9 Conservation Handbook In 1991 the Boy Scouts of America released the Conservation Handbook In 1991 the Boy Scouts of America released the Conservation Handbook This introduced No-Trace Camping This introduced No-Trace Camping

10 Outdoor Recreation Summit in 1993 recommended creation of the non-profit Leave No Trace, Inc. Outdoor Recreation Summit in 1993 recommended creation of the non-profit Leave No Trace, Inc. Leave No Trace was introduced to the world by the US Departments of Agriculture and Interior at the 1993 Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, VA Leave No Trace was introduced to the world by the US Departments of Agriculture and Interior at the 1993 Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, VA

11 Leave No Trace, Inc. was created in 1994 to guide the national programs development, establish partnerships, distribute educational materials and conduct fundraising. Leave No Trace, Inc. was created in 1994 to guide the national programs development, establish partnerships, distribute educational materials and conduct fundraising. NOLS continued to develop educational materials and conduct training courses. NOLS continued to develop educational materials and conduct training courses.

12 A non-profit organization, based in Boulder, Colorado A non-profit organization, based in Boulder, Colorado Partners with federal agencies, manufacturers, retailers and others to promote minimum impact messages. Partners with federal agencies, manufacturers, retailers and others to promote minimum impact messages. The Center has 9 professional staff members in Boulder and two teams of educators, Traveling Trainers, that travel the country 11 months out of the year providing education, outreach and training. The Center has 9 professional staff members in Boulder and two teams of educators, Traveling Trainers, that travel the country 11 months out of the year providing education, outreach and training.

13 The Mission of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics To promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.

14 1997 The Boy Scouts of America formally adopted Leave No Trace as our outdoor minimum-impact program in The Boy Scouts of America formally adopted Leave No Trace as our outdoor minimum-impact program in 1997.

15 Educational Review Committee

16 BSA In 2004 the BSA released In 2004 the BSA released The Ranger Handbook for Venturing in which Leave No Trace is a core requirement (#6). The Ranger Handbook for Venturing in which Leave No Trace is a core requirement (#6). The Field book the manual for advanced outdoors skills, has several chapters in discussion of the Leave No Trace principals. The Field book the manual for advanced outdoors skills, has several chapters in discussion of the Leave No Trace principals.


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