Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
Contact: Kate Lessman, 970-333-3395
March 30, 2015 (Marin County, CA) The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers team are partnering with the National Park Service and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association to host community events and educational activities April 6–13, 2015. The scenic and popular Point Reyes National Seashore has experienced visitor-created impacts in recent years, including excessive trash, damage to vegetation, disturbance of wildlife with dogs in restricted areas, and trail erosion.
The Hot Spot Program, a key component of the Leave No Trace in Every Park initiative, raises community awareness and brings solutions to popular natural areas facing heavy recreational use and consequently, the threat of harm to trails, parks and open space areas. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers travel throughout the country providing public education about how to reduce impacts in the outdoors.
"The cumulative impact of so many people enjoying a great national park system such as Point Reyes National Seashore can negatively affect that place," according to Patrick Beezley, 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."
"We are excited to work with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to help educate our community and raise awareness for the future enjoyment and preservation of our beautiful landscape," said John Dell'Osso, Chief of Interpretation at Point Reyes National Seashore.
During the week Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will provide private training sessions with seashore staff, partners, volunteers and specific non-profit groups to encourage future Leave No Trace programing in the Bay Area and beyond. On the weekend, there will be a service project that is open to the public for those interested in lending a helping hand at Drakes Estero.
The following is a list of events happening in Point Reyes National Seashore with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers that are free and open to the public:
Saturday, April 11: Calling all volunteers! Drakes Estero Shoreline Clean Up:
Sunday, April 12: Leave No Trace Workshop at Point Reyes National Seashore's Bear Valley Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required.
For more information about events with Leave No Trace at Point Reyes, visit here.
About Leave No Trace
About Point Reyes National Seashore A Natural Sanctuary, A Human Haven
About Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Drakes Estero is a coastal estuary of five branching bays, representing the geographical and ecological heart of Point Reyes National Seashore and is a part of the Phillip Burton Wilderness Area, the only marine wilderness on the Pacific coast south of Alaska.
Last updated: April 4, 2015