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Leave No Trace History

History of Leave No Trace for BSA
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Barry Douthitt

on 22 September 2012

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Transcript of Leave No Trace History

Education Programs: Conception & Early Development The "No Trace" Program Creation of the
"Leave No Trace" Program History of the Leave No Trace Program Low impact educational efforts originated in backcountry and federally-designated Wilderness areas in the 1960's

In the 1970's, the federal agencies began to develop educational brochures. The program was slogan based Wilderness Manners Wilderness Ethics No Trace Camping Minimum Impact Camping Pack it in, Pack it out Take only pictures...
Leave only footprints Developed by U.S. Forest Service wilderness managers in the early 1980's.
Humanistic approach for wilderness ethics and low impact hiking and camping practices.
Program success led to cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service and in the late 1980's Leave No Trace (LNT) selected as the name for an expanded national program in 1990.
USFS formed a partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to develop LNT educational materials and courses.
NOLS taught the first Master Educator course in the Wind River Range in 1991. Creation of Leave No Trace, Inc. Outdoor Recreation Summit in 1993 recommended creation of the non-profit LNT, Inc.
LNT, Inc. was created in 1994 to guide the national program’s development, establish partnerships, distribute educational materials, and conduct fundraising.
Renamed the “Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics” in 2003. Leave No Trace
Center for Outdoor Ethics A non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research, and partnerships.
A non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research, and partnerships. Leave No Trace COE
Current Status The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is located in Boulder, CO, and guided by a Board of Directors with corporate, non-profit and government representatives.
> 1 million budget; staff: 9 permanent staff & 3 teams of traveling educators in 2011.
Funding is primarily derived from corporate manufacturing and retail partners, sales , and memberships. Leave No Trace COE
Evolving Focus The Leave No Trace program began with a focus on Wilderness and the federal agencies, but has evolved to encompass backcountry, frontcountry, and urban settings. Leave No Trace COE
Partners Leave No Trace partners with a variety of organizations to accomplish its mission:
State Agencies
Local Agencies
Corporations
Non-Profits
Outfitters and Guides
Universities
LNT members (>43,000) The Seven LNT Principles 1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors Regulation . . or Education? Regulations antagonize the public … education wins their support.
Most impacts are not due to malicious acts. Education improves knowledge of consequences and low impact practices.
Enforcement of regulations is difficult. History of the Leave No Trace Program
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