Leave No Trace e-News                             November 2007

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Did you know that federal employees can donate to Leave No Trace through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)? 

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign.

If you are a federal employee, please look for Leave No Trace
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To learn more, visit the CFC website, or e-mail Sara Close: sara@LNT.org.

In This Issue
Success in Education - PEAK, Trainer & Master Educator Courses
Connect Grant Update
Highlight on Active Volunteers
Kudos - 2007 Leave No Trace Awards Announced
Road Wisdom
Educational Highlights
Youth education program - PEAK - reaches new heights in 2007

As the year winds to a close, the Center can now report on the success of its youth initiative - PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids).  We have seen in 2007 one of the strongest years to date in terms of outreach and impact. 
  • The Center's Traveling Trainer teams reported over 30 PEAK trainings and outreach programs since being on the road in late spring, many of them with stores from PEAK partnering organization, REI.
  • Summer and early fall are "peak" times for the program, as many camps and environmental education centers incorporated the curriculum into their existing outdoor programming.
  • The "Packing with PEAK" grant program has allocated over 40 packs to participating people and organizations in 21 states.
  • PEAK is on track to reach over 75,000 youth with Leave No Trace education in 2007.  

Finally, recent efforts to gather feedback from PEAK educators have resulted in solid information regarding the program's effectiveness. Here is what some of you are saying about PEAK:

"The children learned a lot about preserving nature and parents began to realize they must also change their thinking as well."

"The pack was well put together and contained just the right amount of information and creative ideas for use in the classroom. The guidelines were accepted by the state and there is potential use for all public elementary school students in [our] state."

**If you haven't already done so, please report your PEAK
training numbers and feedback to the Education Programs Coordinator, Sarah Folzenlogen at sarah@lnt.org.
Your thoughts and opinions are critical in helping the continued growth and success of this program!

Photo: Dennis Matthews, Scout Master & LNT Master Educator
Cub Scout day camp in July;
La Puente, CA
2007 Marks the Largest Number of Master Educators and Trainers

Over the past several years, the Center and its partners have worked diligently to both offer more formal Leave No Trace courses - Master Educator and Trainer courses - and to fill those courses with eager participants. All of that collective effort is finally paying off!

In 2007 more Leave No Trace Master Educators and Leave No Trace Trainers have been trained than in any other previous year. The Center is on target to add 500 new Master Educators and nearly 2,000 new Trainers to the ranks! This has been a fantastic year for training and it wouldn't have been possible without the hundreds of active Master Educators who have offered Trainer courses, and the six Master Educator course providers including NOLS, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Landmark Learning LLC, Ninemile Wildlands Training Center, the Wilderness Education Association and the Boy Scouts of America (the BSA offers courses to registered BSA members only).

The grassroots nature of the Leave No Trace program coupled with the overwhelming support of partners, members and individual Master Educators has been the driving force behind this banner year. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!
 Highlight on Outreach
Leave No Trace Connect Grants Awarded for Diverse Communities

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has just completed awarding seven grants to reach culturally diverse audiences across the country through the Connect Grants program. These educational grants will train and provide resources to people and organizations that engage communities not traditionally served with the Leave No Trace program.

2007 Connect Grant recipients include:

·    Adrian Garcia for his Stewardship Academy to provide environmental education for  Los Angeles Latino high school kids;
·    Identity a program serving at-risk Latino youth in Gaithersburg, Maryland for after school outdoor programs;
·    D. Rozena McCabe, Ph.D., for her work with students at Houston Tillotson University in Austin, Texas;
·    Rose Gochenaur with Diakon Wilderness Center for her work with predominately African American and Latino youth in Boiling Springs, PA;
·    Alexis Ollar in Incline Village, NV, for her work with the Washoe Tribe of California, Nevada Project Venture Youth Group and the Boys and Girls Club;
·    Tracy Stevvins, West Point, Mississippi, for her work at the West Point School System serving culturally diverse children, 38% who are below the poverty line;
·    Eddie Hill of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia for work with the Southside Boys and Girls Club that serves predominately underserved African American youth.

"This grant program is notable advancement in Leave No Trace's ability to reach into outdoor communities we have not had direct involvement with in the past," according to Dana Watts, Leave No Trace's Executive Director.  "We look forward to expanding these opportunities next year."

The Connect Grant program was introduced earlier this year to diversify Leave No Trace educational efforts and to increase the cadre of educators serving a wider cross-section of the American public. For more information about the grant program or recipients, please contact the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Volunteer Highlight

An interview with Dave Derlacki

To one Oregonian volunteer, eight years of active stewardship and volunteerism with Leave No Trace are for more than just personal satisfaction.  Dave Derlacki, Leave No Trace member and active Master Educator, tells us how...

"When my wife and I first got married, and especially when we first had kids, camping was all we could afford for vacations, so the camping continued.  I did my best, but there are some things I did then that I wouldn't repeat now. (Hand-feeding the bag of carrots to the herd of deer in the state park seemed like a good idea at the time, until I ran out of carrots before the buck ran out of appetite.  I survived and know better now.)

Nine years ago, a number of Boy Scout trainers were invited to a Leave No Trace Trainer course at the invitation of our scouting professional staff.  The Forest Service was running a training course, I was doing adult leader training and I camped in the same national forest quite a bit, so it seemed like a good fit.  We had a great time and had the idea that Boy Scouts really needed to get the word and do a better job.  Two of us went to the head honcho of Boy Scouts in our area with a carefully prepared presentation explaining why the training was necessary in scouting.  I've been at it ever since.

Why am I involved?  On a small scale, I want the people camping where I camp to be good campers.  On a larger scale, I can make my biggest impact acting locally.  Community service and volunteering is important to me and is a value we instilled in our two Eagle Scout sons.  The youth I train now will be making decisions in the future that will have wide-ranging effects on my world and theirs.  They will learn their values from someone.  I can do nothing and hope they learn to make wise decisions or I can take an active role to help teach them how to make wise decisions.

Why is Leave No Trace appealing?  It's big (a global concept with wide-ranging applications), it's flexible (principles, not complex rules), it's problem-solving.  It's outside.  It's camping.  It's talking with people who have similar interests to mine.  It fits my style of teaching - be flexible and have fun."

Dave Derlacki

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Awards Given for Outstanding Service to Leave No Trace
On October 17th, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics honored the extraordinary people, organizations and companies that made significant contributions to the Leave No Trace program in 2007. The list of honorees is as follows:

Amy and Dusty Allison - Recognition and Service Award
for outstanding work, innovation and leadership as Traveling Trainers for the 2005 - 2007 seasons.

Avid4Adventure - Recognition Award
for innovative Leave No Trace application for its youth-based outdoor program.

Ted Beblowski - State Advocate of the Year
for outstanding work, innovative programs, dedication and volunteerism on behalf Leave No Trace as the New York State Advocate.

Mike Bilbo - Recognition and Service Award
for outstanding work, innovative programs, and volunteerism on behalf Leave No Trace as the New Mexico State Advocate and through the BLM and the Burning Man Festival.

Mark Cohen - Recognition and Service Award
for outstanding work and volunteerism on behalf Leave No Trace through Keen Footwear.

The Coleman Company - Recognition Award
for the innovative Leave No Trace / Coleman e-tour to reach children and their families with Leave No Trace education.

Ella Goodbrod and North Moench  - Recognition and Service Award
for outstanding work, innovation and leadership as Traveling Trainers for the 2006 & 2007 seasons.

Brad Kauffman - Recognition and Service Award
for outstanding volunteerism as President of the Leave No Trace Board of Directors.

Howard Kern - Volunteer of the Year
for outstanding activism and support of the Leave No Trace program throughout Southern California.

Patti Klein - Recognition and Service Award
for innovative programs and outstanding support of Leave No Trace though the Bureau of Land Management.

Maine Island Trail Association -Recognition and Service Award
for innovative programs, service and volunteerism on behalf of Leave No Trace.

Wendy Miller - Recognition and Service Award
for outstanding work and volunteerism on behalf Leave No Trace as Seattle REI's Outreach Specialist.

Karina O'Connor - Recognition and Service Award
for outstanding work, innovative programs and volunteerism on behalf Leave No Trace through the Burning Man Earth Guardians.
Gina Pearson - Recognition and Service Award
for outstanding work, innovative programs, and volunteerism as the Washington State Advocate.

REI - Recognition Award
for direct support for Leave No Trace programs that promote diversity among youth and adults.

Len Zanni - Recognition Award
for introducing innovative programs to raise funds and awareness about the Leave No Trace program through Big Agnes.

For more information about these awards or the 2007 recipients, please contact the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Road Wisdom...
OliverThe View on Dog Doo!

Few things can ruin your day like stepping in a fresh pile of dog doo.  Traveling for the past eight months, this is one impact that that we have seen in nearly every area we have visited.  Even though we've gotten used to watching our step, we were still shocked to find out that the dog poop produced annually in the US could fill an 800-foot tall football field. 

In addition to the gross out factor, dog waste has some pretty nasty environmental impacts.  Like human waste, dog waste contains pathogens and harmful bacteria that have the potential to make people pretty sick.  Left on the ground, dog waste is slow to decompose and highly likely to pollute water sources.  Additionally, dog doo contains high levels of nitrogen, which provide nourishment for nitrogen-loving weeds, such as thistle and stinging nettle.

So, if you're a dog owner wondering how you can help your pooch to "Leave No Trace," all you have to do is bring along some type of container to pick up after Fido.  Old grocery bags are one option, although they may help to preserve poop once it reaches the landfill.  Another option is to use either biodegradable bags, which break down quicker, or a reusable pooper-scooper.  If you're thinking of bringing your dog on a multi-day day backcountry trip, the best solution is to plan on packing out your dog's waste.  If this is not practical, consider burying dog waste in a six- to eight-inch hole, at least 200 feet from water, trails, and camp. 

Look forward to seeing you on the road,
Emily and JD
Traveling Trainer Team East

Photo: Newest model pup gracing the red carpet The Center
in Boulder, CO... nine-week old, Oliver!

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

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