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.