Nominate a Leave No Trace Hot Spot for 2017 Now through July 31


Nominate an outdoor area for a week-long education, awareness and

training program from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in 2017

July 6, 2016--Boulder, Colo.,--You can nominate a Leave No Trace “Hot Spot” anywhere in the nation; no area (city park, open space land, national park, US Forest Service or BLM land) is too big or too small. This program supports community-driven projects on public lands to improve the condition of a designated Hot Spot using Leave No Trace education, training, resources, service, volunteers, and outreach.

Everyday, people seek the outdoors for adventure, kinship, exercise, solitude and all forms of enjoyment. Yet the places we have explored and adored for years are impacted by recreational use, some more severely than others. We call these areas Hot Spots –sites that are damaged but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace applications. By identifying and working with Hot Spots across the nation, we rapidly move toward recovering and protecting the places and American heritage we cherish for future generations.

The Center intends to do the following:

  1. Accept nominations from people, land managers, youth serving and educational organizations, partners, members and governmental agencies for areas – Leave No Trace Hot Spots – that have recreation-related impacts that could be successfully mitigated through effective Leave No Trace programs.
  2. Nominations are accepted through July 31, 2016, with up to 20 Hot Spots being selected for 2017.
  3. Chosen Hot Spots will receive the following:
  • Consultation on solutions and program implementation from the Center
  • A week-long visit from the expert Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers
  • Training workshops for volunteers, employees and key members of the community
  • Locally-tailored programs to meet site-specific needs
  • Educational materials
  • Volunteer citizen monitoring programs
  • Assistance in putting the Leave No Trace program into action

Nominate a Leave No Trace Hot Spot Submission Deadline: July 30, 2016 for 2017 Hot Spot Program.

See what Andrew Downs, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Director, had to say about our Hot Spot visit at McAfee Knob. (Click here to watch the video).

Leave No Trace is a national, nonprofit organization that protects the outdoors by teaching people to enjoy it responsibly: To learn more and watch videos about previous Hot Spots, visit