December 18th, 2019
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a non-profit based in Boulder, CO, has a clear mission: to protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) has been officially involved in sharing that message since 2009, a ten-year partnership that we are proud to have upheld. Our staff has maintained this relationship by integrating messaging about the 7 Leave No Trace principles into everything that we do, including workshops, programs, signage at facilities, trail maintenance and general interactions with the public.
By the numbers, here is some of what we have achieved with Leave No Trace since the beginning of our partnership:
100,000 – Visitors Reached Annually
Every year, an average of 100,000 visitors come to the Heart Lake Program Center to hike, swim, ski, and otherwise recreate in the Eastern High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park. Through everything from a 5-day Leave No Trace Master Educator workshop to signage at the trail head, we have been working to share Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics with every single person that comes through our property. Even if all they learn is how to dig a cathole or dispose of their dish water properly, that is one less impact in the backcountry that helps protect the resource for future visitors.