The 'Leave No Trace' Center for Outdoor Ethics

AppalachianTrail.com is grateful for the many organizations, groups and individuals that work to promote and maintain the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT).

Leave No Trace is among the finest.

Leave No Trace was created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as public land use expanded and land managers witnessed the subsequent biophysical effects.

By the mid-1980's, the Forest Service had a formal "No-Trace" program emphasizing wilderness ethics and sustainable travel and camping practices. Cooperation among the Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management lead to the creation of a pamphlet titled "'Leave No Trace' Land Ethics."

In the early 1990s, the Forest Service worked with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to develop hands-on, science-based minimum impact education training for non-motorized recreational activities.

An outdoor recreation summit convened in 1993 that included a variety of outdoor industry and sporting trade associations, NOLS, nonprofit organizations, outdoor manufacturers, and federal land management agencies to create an independent nonprofit organization called Leave No Trace, Inc.

The organization, now known as the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (the Center), was incorporated to develop and expand Leave No Trace training and educational resources, spread the general program components, and engage a diverse range of partners from the federal land management agencies and outdoor industry corporations to nonprofit environmental and outdoor organizations and youth-serving groups.

Leave No Trace was incorporated as a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization in 1994.

Today, Leave No Trace reaches millions of Americans and dozens of countries each year with direct training, educational tools and information. Corporate partners, individual members, foundation support and the sales of Leave No Trace educational materials provide the primary support for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

If you are interested in preserving the Appalachian Trail for future generations, please look into Leave No Trace.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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