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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Learns to “Leave No Trace”

Region 5, April 26, 2014
Tracy Howard shares the 7 principles of Leave No Trace.
Tracy Howard shares the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. - Photo Credit: n/a
LNT trainers share ways to enjoy the outdoors while limiting unnecessary impacts.
LNT trainers share ways to enjoy the outdoors while limiting unnecessary impacts. - Photo Credit: n/a

On Saturday, April 26 Kate Bullock and Tracy Howard from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics paid a visit to Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Kate and Tracy spend 10 months a year traveling the country teaching people of all ages and backgrounds how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. The Leave No Trace (LNT) program teaches skills to minimize the impacts of outdoor recreation through seven simple principles. LNT also helps outdoorspeople cultivate an ethic of responsible stewardship of natural lands and resources. The LNT trainers led two sessions: one geared towards adults and another focusing more on children and families. About 30 staff, volunteers, partners, and visitors participated in the programs and all found them both fun and rewarding. This is the first LNT program hosted by Great Swamp NWR and another special event in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Contact Info: Steve Henry, 973-425-1222 x-157, steven_s_henry@fws.gov