National Park Service Helps Campers ‘Leave No Trace’

There is an old saying popular with park rangers and campers — “take
only pictures and leave only footprints” when you are enjoying the great
outdoors. While many subscribe to this philosophy, it isn’t always
obvious how to make the right low-impact choices when you’re far from
roads and established campgrounds. The National Park Service’s (NPS)
Leave No Trace video is a great place for campers to learn where to
pitch a tent and how to cook in wilderness so that no one will know you
were there. It even covers what do to — ahem — when Mother Nature calls.

The 9 1/2-minute video, online for the first time, addresses the
importance of taking a personal role in preserving the outdoor
experience for future generations. It provides a vivid and adventurous
display of outdoor scenery, showcasing wild animals, breathtaking
scenery, and presents how people can incorporate Leave No Trace
principles when they are outdoors.

“We hope the video inspires people to take a wilderness trip,” said
Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service. “The more
people know about making the right choices while camping and enjoying
the backcountry, the better we can protect these special places for
future generations of hikers and campers.”

Copies are now available for individuals, colleges, universities,
summer camps, and groups through the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor
Ethics in Boulder, Colorado. To obtain a free copy of the DVD, visit www.LNT.org, or call (800) 332-4100 (shipping and handling charges will apply).

For information about hosting the video on your Web site, contact
Wade Vagias with the National Park Service at [email protected] or
(202) 513-7124. To view or download the video, go to http://www.nps.gov/features/wilderness/leavenotrace/popup.html.

 

From the National Park Service

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