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May eNews 
From Your Backyard to Your Backcountry 
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
May, 2011

My Backyard

Seattle Backyard Sessions 

Add Seattle and Phoenix to the growing list of Backyard Sessions conducted this year. Read about the Seattle Backyard Session.


Events This Month   

In May, the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are conducting training in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, Montana, Oregon, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, Colorado and Maryland.   

Complete List Here.


In Your State

Click into your state on the Leave No Trace Community Page to learn what education, training and community events may be open to you in May. Leave No Trace State Advocates and volunteers offer local events and workshops all year long.  



Soap Talk       

How damaging (or not) is "biodegradable" or castile soap to the environment? . Read our take on the use of soap.   

News You Can Use

Mount Rainier National Park designated Hot Spot 

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recently chose Mount Rainier National Park's Paradise Area as a 2011 Leave No Trace Hot Spot.  Read here. 




New Pilot Stock Course  

The USDA Forest Service Ninemile Wildlands Training Center and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics jointly hosted the second-of-two pilot Master Educator Courses focusing on frontcountry-specific equestrian issues and impacts.Read More.   


Teaching Activity Guide On Sale Through May

The Leave No Trace Teaching Activity Guide is a great resource for those who want to teach Leave No Trace but have little to no formal Leave No Trace training. The Guide provides solid background information on the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace along with time-tested activities designed to introduce the concept to new audiences. The Leave No Trace Teaching Activity Guide is 25% off through May!


Come on tour with e-tour   

The e-tour team is preparing to share Leave No Trace with youth and families this summer, and we need your help to send them off.  Will you sponsor a trainer for one day of education with your gift of just $30.30?  Make your sponsorship gift today and help promote responsible recreation this summer.  


Spring Auction a Success  Leave No Trace raised over $8,000 in the spring auction. Special thanks to all the Leave No Trace community for making this a success.  Because of you, the Center will teach Leave No Trace to hundreds of children and adults this summer.


Help Fetzer Vineyards Support Leave No Trace

Join the Facebook Causes Campaign for Leave No Trace.





Tech Tip

Firewood Frenzy:Consider the  

Four D's when collecting firewood. The recommended characteristics are Dead, Down, Distant (away from campsite to avoid over harvesting), and Dinky (shorter than your forearm and smaller than your wrist). Always check the local regulations to make sure collecting wood is permitted!

Bigfoot Challenge

Take May's Challenge!

Learn about this month's Bigfoot sponsor and take the challenge!

Bigfoot Challenge.   

First Quarter

Programs Report 

Every quarter, the Center puts out an update on its programs, new curriculum, training and more. Read it here.


Become Your State's Advocate

Your State Advocate is the Leave No Trace volunteer representative in your state. Check for vacancies or contact your State Advocate.
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