Leave No Trace e-News                             September 2007
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Launching Our Community Forward
Master Educator Courses
Highlight on Active Volunteers & Partners
Member Benefits
Road Wisdom
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The whole is only as great as the sum of its parts.

Leave No Trace takes pride in its community: the members, volunteers, partners and educators. Success  - a universal practice of responsible and active stewardship of the outdoors - lies in the passion and action that each and every individual, group and business brings. 

In the spirit of increasing the strength of our parts, Leave No Trace is gearing up for a release of innovative and exciting ways to get more involved, educated and active.  In addition to our regular features, check out below for information on community networking, blogs, and educational programs that you can take advantage of.

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Launching our Community Forward

HandsLeave No Trace announces its newest Community Develoment Tool: BLOGS!

Interested in reading up on the latest Traveling Trainer expedition?  Do you want to engage in conversation with Leave No Trace staff, volunteers and educators on current issues affecting our outdoor experiences? 

Two new blogs, accessible from the Leave No Trace home page, are giving you the opportunity to do just that, and more!

The Center is moving forward in the development of more interactive and convenient ways for our community to pool resources for events, information and education initiatives.  With the intention of reaching new audiences with the important message of responsible outdoor recreation, these blogs are a tool for any educator, member, partner or supporter of Leave No Trace to take advantage of.

In the weeks to come, Leave No Trace's website will continue to amp up the capacity for community interaction, integrating new State Blogs to give you up-to-date information on your State Advocate, local educators and partners, and events in your area.  Be sure to stay tuned!

Join our growing online community today and stop by both the Leave No Trace blog and the Traveling Trainer blog.

Photo: Courtesy of Cheshire County Council.
Interested in a Master Educator Course?
master educatorsIt has been a full year of Leave No Trace Master Educator courses - our 5-day field-based course geared towards those who are actively educating the recreating public. Currently, Leave No Trace is thrilled to have over 2,500 Master Educators in the U.S. and abroad. However, with all five Master Educator course providers running numerous courses this year, we're poised to train more Master Educators than in any year to date.

Now is your chance to join the ranks of these highly-trained individuals to further spread Leave No Trace information! Plenty of courses are left on this year's schedule, and Leave No Trace encourages individuals to apply for scholarship money or Connect Grants as a means to defray program costs. Individuals who successfully complete the Master Educator course are qualified to facilitate the 2-day Leave No Trace Trainer course as well as the one-day or shorter Awareness Workshop.

For more detailed information on the Master Educator course, please visit http://lnt.org/training/mastercourses/index.html.

Photo: Courtesy of Ben Lawhon.
Highlight on Active Volunteers & Partners
Bowling Event Raises $5,500 for Leave No Trace

September 4, 2007 (Boulder, Colo.) - Big Agnes, Inc., maker of innovative sleeping bags, pads and tents raised over $5,000 at a recent fundraiser for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. With record-breaking attendance, the 3rd annual Big Agnes Bowl-O-Rama Fundraiser supported 2007 Leave No Trace initiative across the country.

With over 200 people and 36 teams from the outdoor industry participating, the event kicked off the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market's long list of apr├Ęs-events. Growing in momentum and industry support each year, the 2007 Bowl-O-Rama included teams from Backpacker Magazine, Backpacker's Pantry, Big Agnes, Climashield, Cloudveil, EMS, Granite Gear, Honey Stinger, Mountain Hardwear, Osprey, PrimaLoft, REI, Sierra Designs and many more.

"The 2007 Bowl-O-Rama sold out quickly and everyone, bowlers and wallflowers alike, had a blast! The beauty of this event is that Leave No Trace can draw companies that compete head to head by day but can party together for a good cause by night," said Big Agnes partner, Len Zanni.  

Marking its third year as host of the annual Bowl-O-Rama, Big Agnes remains committed to producing innovative environmentally friendly products as well as fostering support for environmental groups such as Leave No Trace, an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors.  

Leave No Trace's Deputy Director, Susy Alkaitis, remarked, "Leave No Trace is committed to working with our key partner, Big Agnes, to fulfill our mission of responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors. Outdoor Retailer is an ideal venue to reach out to our constituents and we truly appreciate the hard work that Big Agnes commits to organizing and hosting the annual Bowl-O-Rama fundraiser for Leave No Trace. This event represents substantial support on a multitude of levels, and we look forward to seeing everyone out there bowling for the cause again next year."      

Member Benefits Highlight!
SubaruThe Deal Just Got Sweeter: VIP Partners Program through Subaru

Did you know that members (for a minimum of six months) of Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics can save up to $3,300 on the purchase or lease of a new Subaru with the VIP Partners Program?

Not only is this a great deal for you, it also provides valuable support for Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. For every Leave No Trace member who purchases a Subaru vehicle, Subaru will donate $100 to support the Center's work promoting responsible outdoor recreation!

Please contact the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics office for program details, (800) 332-4100, BEFORE visiting your local Subaru dealer.

Road Wisdom
Bringing ethics along for the ride!goat

As more and more people get outside and enjoy the beauty that our country has to offer, it is so important to slow down and really enjoy the scenery.

A couple weeks ago, in Glacier National Park, we witnessed two close calls. Two black bear cubs and one mountain goat narrowly escaped being hit by park visitors. In both instances the drivers were exceeding the speed limit in congested areas, putting both the animals and other visitors in danger. Every year the national parks report that hundreds of animals were struck and killed by vehicles. So, instead of getting worked up about the other visitors taking hundreds of pictures of an elk, just take a deep breath and remember that it is all a part of the experience.

The next time you take the family out for an adventure be sure to 'Respect Wildlife' and 'Be Considerate of Other Visitors' by slowing down and enjoying the experience... even if it is by letting that mountain goat saunter across the road.

- JD Tanner & Emily Ressler
Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team East

Read More from the Road, or better yet, go see Team East in person!

Check in next month for updates from
Leave No Trace's Traveling Trainer Team West!

Picture Caption: Mountain goat in Glacier National Park maneuvers through heavy traffic and shutterbugs.
Courtesy of JD Tanner & Emily Ressler.