Boulder, CO (PRWEB) June 30, 2014
With the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaching, Americans will be heading outdoors to enjoy and celebrate. Our country’s campgrounds will be full. According to a recent survey more than 160 million Americans will barbecue or picnic this Fourth of July weekend and millions of Americans gather outdoors to watch fireworks shows across the country.
“There are so many areas across the country where Americans come together to celebrate Fourth of July traditions—from park picnics, fireworks displays, camping, enjoying water sports, hiking and much more,” according to Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer, Kate Bullock. “It is great Americans get outdoors to enjoy and celebrate our beautiful landscapes, though many natural areas across our nation are negatively impacted by this type of recreational use. More often than not, malicious intent to harm nature and wildlife is not at play here. Rather it’s simply lack of Leave No Trace skills and information.”
The four Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Teams are educators that travel throughout the country in their Subarus, teaching people how to protect and enjoy the outdoors responsibly. They reach millions of people each year, conducting hands-on educational workshops and trainings educating the public about Leave No Trace principles while promoting stewardship of the outdoors, protection and preservation of our public lands and support of outdoor recreational activities.
These five tips from the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers about how to ‘Leave No Trace’ on your next outdoor picnic, camp outing or park visit this summer are easy to implement and will help preserve and protect the outdoors.
1. Trash your Trash
Put litter—even crumbs, peels and cores— in garbage bags and carry it home or throw it in trash receptacles. Extra food, even apple cores and banana peels can do great damage to wildlife. Did you know it takes up to two years for orange or banana peels to decompose in nature; more than 10 years for plastic bags and more than 80 years for aluminum cans to decompose?
2. Dog Dogma
Use a plastic bag to pack out your dog’s poop to a garbage can. Dog waste can be harmful to the natural environment and can cause the spread of invasive species.
3. Take Only Pictures. Leave Only Footprints
According to U.S. state and national park services, Americans logged 1.6 billion visits to national and state park lands last year. If we all took a memento from nature during those visits, the landscape would change. Fill the memory card on your camera rather than your pockets and leave nature as you found it for others to enjoy.
4. Keep Wildlife Wild
Human food is unhealthy for all wildlife and feeding them can have unfortunate consequences such as drawing them to people and roads and making them sick.
5. Refuse the Makeover
No need for a major remodel of nature. Bring your own lightweight camp or picnic furniture and conveniences such as camp gas stoves, sleeping pads, chairs and lanterns. When you leave, it should look as though you were never there.
To learn more tips on Leave No Trace and when the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be in your area please visit http://www.LNT.org.
About Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers
Subaru has a long history of supporting active lifestyle enthusiasts and the organizations that are important to them. In 1999, Subaru of America and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics joined forces to promote responsible recreation across the United States. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer program consists of four teams of two educators that travel across the country in their Subarus teaching people how to protect and enjoy the outdoors responsibly. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers work with the general public, volunteers, nonprofit organizations, friends groups and governmental agencies to reduce the impact of recreational activities in selected endangered areas. In 2014, alone, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will reach 15 million Americans.
About Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of our environment. Since 1994 been the most widely accepted outdoors program used on public lands. Through targeted education, research, outreach, volunteerism and partnerships, Leave No Trace ensures the long-term health of our natural world. Their Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are mobile teams educators that visit 48 states every year delivering Leave No Trace programs. Leave No Trace has mobilized more than 30,000 volunteers to provide outreach and training impacting more than 22 million people annually in the U.S. For more information visit http://www.lnt.org
Media Contact: Kate Lessman, Kathleen Lessman Communications, kathleen.lessman(at)gmail(dot)com, 970-333-3395
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