Free "Leave No Trace" training Sept. 8-10 on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands

How do we keep the San Juan Islands stunning? By leaving only footprints. National Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will show how September 8-10, 2016. LNT Traveling Trainers will be visiting Orcas, San Juan, and Lopez Islands for three days of Leave No Trace training for hiking, camping, and star gazing. Join them as they raise awareness about minimizing impact on wild places.

Individuals, business owners and their staffs with a professional connection to the islands' waters and public lands, are invited to participate in these free Leave No Trace workshops

September 8 - Orcas Island:  Hike with the Traveling Trainers and learn about LNT and tips for low impact hiking in Moran State Park and Turtleback Mountain Preserve. Time TBA.

September 8 - San Juan Island: Join the Traveling Trainers at 5 PM in the San Juan County Park day use area for an evening workshop focused on LNT in Sea Kayaking and Camping.

September 9 - San Juan Island: Take a Hike with the Traveling LNT Trainers. Learn about LNT and tips for low impact hiking. Time and place TBA. The Traveling Trainers will join the National Park Service Star Gazing Extravaganza in celebration of the San Juan Island National Historical Park’s 50th Anniversary at 6 pm for a presentation at American Camp.

September 10 - Lopez Island: Youth activities and workshops including Lummi Nation youth groups and Lopez Island Conservation Corps. Time and place TBA.

The Traveling Trainers will also be available for short demonstrations on the Washington State Ferries as they travel between Anacortes and the Islands.

These events are key components of the ‘Leave No Trace in Every Park’ initiative, raising community awareness and bringing solutions to the threat of harm to trails, parks and open space in areas facing heavy recreational use. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are experts who provide a fun and interactive way to effectively educate all ages on how to ‘Leave No Trace.’

In 2014, The San Juan County Council adopted a resolution that became known as the San Juan Islands Seven – an adaptation of the Leave No Trace principles to fit the unique ecosystem here in the San Juans. This was a result of the local Terrestrial Managers Working Group, a coalition of conservation-oriented governmental and non-governmental land managers, reaching out to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in Boulder, CO for help with trainings to instill Leave No Trace principles in locals and visitors. Based on that resolution, San Juan is the first county in the U.S. to be designated as a voluntary “Leave No Trace” Area.

The San Juan Islands National Monument site on Lopez Island was also chosen as an LNT Demonstration site – one of 10 in the country that exemplify the guiding principles through management, programming, outreach, and integrated messaging into signage and other materials. Now, with a standard in place, the Traveling Trainers can help take LNT in the islands to the next level.

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