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Explore outdoor ethics during ‘Leave No Trace’ event

By Staff | Jun 20, 2014

Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28 to learn about sound hiking and camping techniques that minimize environmental impacts. This free, family friendly event will be held at the ATC Visitor Center, located at 799 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will present a hands-on workshop designed to educate participants about Leave No Trace (LNT) practices, offering a chance for all attendees to become environmental stewards. LNT practices along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) include: plan ahead and prepare; travel and camp on durable surfaces; dispose of waste properly; leave what one finds; minimize campfire impacts; respect wildlife; and be considerate of other visitors.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to team up with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers as we encourage the community to explore what it means to enjoy the outdoors in a responsible way,” said Javier Folgar, director of Marketing and Communications.

At approximately 2,180 miles, the A.T. is the longest single unit of the National Park System. With the large number of people who enjoy the Trail each year, it is possible that hikers may inadvertently damage the natural environment along the Trail and affect the experience for others. By adopting LNT practices, A.T. users will enable the Trail to retain its essential natural qualities and continue to be a place where an outdoor experience is available.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are an outreach program of the member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, which strives to grow a nation of outdoor advocates dedicated to putting LNT practices into action. For more information about the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, visit www.lnt.org/learn/traveling-teams. For more information about LNT practices as they relate to the A.T., visit www.appalachiantrail.org/LNT.