Monday, May 6, 2019

Eastern High Peaks ‘Hot Spot’ Program Addressing Heavier Use

leave no trace hot spotsThe Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru Traveling Trainer team are partnering with the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC), and other regional organizations to host education activities from August 7 to 14.

Focusing on the heavily visited Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area, including the Van Hoevenberg Trailhead located at the Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center, the Hot Spot seeks to address the challenges associated with high concentrations of visitors to the region, including damage to alpine plants, trail erosion, human waste, and negative human/wildlife interactions.

The Hot Spot program is designed to support locations that experience high levels of recreational use and impacts and is part of the Leave No Trace In Every Park initiative. The Adirondack Mountain Club nominated the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness as a Hot Spot for 2019, which was selected as one of 19 finalists, out of a pool of over 100 applicant locations.

During the eight-day program, ADK volunteers will be at trailheads to talk about Leave No Trace specific information, to participate in workshops about Leave No Trace practices, and to engage with other programs that will educate visitors about how they can help preserve the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness. Between ADK, DEC, and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, educators are expected to be stationed across the Eastern high Peaks Wilderness, particularly at major trailheads and hiking thoroughfares.

For more information on the Hot Spot program, click here.

For more information more on Leave No Trace click here. For information regarding ADK’s involvement in the Hot Spot, contact Seth Jones, Education Director of ADK, at [email protected]

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