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New 'Leave No Trace' book is a guide for reducing impacts, from backcountry to backyard

July 23, 2014 – From preserving wilderness to cleaning up after your dog at the local park, a new book outlines the principles and low-impact practices of Leave No Trace, a decades-old education program that guides outdoor recreation nationwide.

“Leave No Trace is about making decisions to protect the world around you,” said the book’s author, Jeff Marion, an adjunct professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment and a recreation ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

“The challenge is that different recreational activities and different environments require different practices,” said Marion, who was a founding member of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and helped develop the Leave No Trace principles.

The book, “Leave No Trace in the Outdoors,” is a resource for federal and state land management agencies, recreation and conservation organizations, communities, and the general public. Proceeds go to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.  (continue reading......... )


Dr. Jeffrey Marion

Jeff Marion

Canoeist in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota


Venture Crew backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park, California

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