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Contact: Daphne Yun, 718-815-3651
Gateway National Recreation Area invites the local community to join the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Traveling Trainer Team for training, education programs and service projects in Jamaica Bay. With its wide spectrum of natural, cultural and recreational resources and opportunities – from hiking and paddling, to beach-going, birdwatching and exploring historic military fortifications -- Gateway’s Jamaica Bay Unit is enjoyed by millions of visitors per year. The park and the Leave No Trace team are seeking to partner with visitors to minimize the negative impacts of this use, including the spread of invasive species, visitor created trails, litter, and user conflicts.
“This Leave No Trace project will help empower our visitors to be good stewards of our park” said Jen Nersesian, Superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area. “Making sure the park is kept clean not only improves the visitor experience, but also makes us a better neighbor to the communities that we serve.”
“The cumulative impact of so many people enjoying a unique location such as Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge can have a negative effect,” according to Erin Collier, Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer. “In most cases, the land impact isn’t due to a malicious intent to harm nature and wildlife. Instead, it’s simply lack of Leave No Trace education and practices.”
Gateway will be sponsoring a Leave No Trace Workshop on June 27, a campfire program on the evening of June 29, a clean-up at North Channel Bridge on June 30 and a clean-up at Spring Creek on July 1. If you are interested in joining these events please visit https://lnt.org/hot-spot-jamaica-bay-wildlife-refuge-ny to register or email Tim Farrell at e-mail us.
About Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in a national nonprofit organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people how to enjoy it responsibly. Their Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are mobile teams of educators that visit 48 states every year delivering Leave No Trace programs such as Hot Spots to over 15 million people. For more information, visit www.LNT.org.
About Gateway National Recreation Area
Gateway is a large diverse urban park with 27,000 acres in New York City and New Jersey. Gateway combines recreational activities with natural beauty, wildlife preservation, military history and more. Visitors can learn about forts, hike, or camp overnight in the New York metropolitan area. For more information about Gateway visit our web site at www.nps.gov/gate.