Leave No Trace Hot Spot

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has been selected as a 2018 Leave No Trace Hot Spot.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers team are partnering with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to host events that are free and open to the public the week of August 20th.

The events will help raise awareness on how to preserve and protect Pictured Rocks and the surrounding area from excessive trash, damage to vegetation and trees, and trail erosion. The week long Leave No Trace event will have park staff partnering with volunteers for workshops and out at a pop-up educational tent. Events including an introduction to Leave No Trace Ethics and a project day dedicated to trail work which will be open to the public to learn more and get involved. The traveling trainers will also be creating a Leave No Trace video that will be made available for local area business and travel information centers to display.

As a Hot Spot location, it will help raise awareness about outdoor recreation ethics in natural areas to visitors who travel from near and far, as well as the local community surrounding the park.

What is a Hot Spot and its purpose?
A Hot Spot is a natural area that has either been intentionally or unintentionally impacted greatly by visitors. Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics uses the program to send experts to the area of impact. Through education and awareness about Hot Spot issues, the event aims to lessen those impacts caused by lack of knowledge. The Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will use their skills to help educate staff, volunteers, and visitors about the Leave No Trace principles and ethics.

Visit Leave No Trace website to learn more about the 7 Leave No Trace Principles and the Hot Spot Program.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, August 22nd 2 pm - 5 pm
Leave No Trace Ethics and You

Leave No Trace Ethics and You
The traveling trainers and Pictured Rocks NL staff will provide a FREE program from 2 pm to 5 pm that introduces the seven Leave No Trace principles. Skills learned can be used while visiting Pictured Rocks and all other parks and public land in the surrounding area. This is great for groups, families, and people of all ages. Training will take place at the Alger County Heritage Center, 1496 Washington St, Munising, MI 49862.Parking is limited - overflow parking can be found at Munising Falls Visitor Center, which is a short walk from the Heritage Center. Call Munising Falls Visitor Center 906-387-4310 to learn more and sign up.

Thursday, August 23rd 9 am - 3 pm
Community Project Day Working on Mosquito Trail

One of the most popular trails at Pictured Rocks is the 4 mile round trip hike to Mosquito Beach and back. The trail is heavily used and full of social trails, which are trails that are otherwise not the main trail. Come and join Pictured Rocks NL staff and the Traveling Trainers to rebuild the trail to help lessen unwanted impact. Call Munising Falls Visitor Center 906-387-4310 to learn more and sign up to volunteer for the event.

Saturday, August 25th 9 am - 3 pm
Pop-up Leave No Trace Outreach

Pictured Rocks staff along with park volunteers will be stationed at the Chapel / Mosquito trail head putting their new skills to the test. They will work to connect visitors with the common problems surrounding that area. And they will introduce and educate all who hike there about the seven Leave No Trace principles.

Trash and unattended fire on the beach. Fires must be in an established fire ring. Trash must be taken with you when you go. No glass containers.

Last updated: August 6, 2018