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Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Workshop

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Date: May 14, 2008
Contact: Dave Kronk, 906-387-2607, ext. 206

Earth tone brown small tent set up within 15 feet of a numbered post, minimizing visual and ground impact at a backcountry campsite.
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On June 7-8, 2008, a “Leave No Trace” course will be held at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Education Specialist David Kronk will lead the participants on an overnight canoe-camp trip where they will learn first-hand the seven principles of Leave No Trace:

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.

Leave No Trace is an national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when they hike, camp, picnic, snowshoe, run, bike, hunt, paddle, ride horses, fish, ski or climb. The program strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations.

There is no charge for this Leave No Trace workshop. Participants must be at least 15 years old and provide their own food and camping gear. Some gear may be available for loan.

Participants must also attend a planning session on Wednesday, May 28, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in Munising.

To register or for more information, please contact David Kronk, Education Specialist at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, at 906-387-2607 extension 206, or by email. 

Did You Know?

The flowers of submerged buttercups rise above the surface of the water and can be quite showy, even when small.

Several species of plants in the Buttercup Family are aquatic, growing underwater in lakes and ponds. A few are even amphibious, meaning that a single plant lives partly on sand along a shoreline and partly submerged. Such plants have runners, like a strawberry plant, and grow roots along the runners. The submerged leaves appear quite different from the ones growing in air.