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Take Leave No Trace training Saturday

March 20, 2018 GMT

NEEDLES — Strategies for visiting America’s great outdoors without spoiling the experience for the next family to do the same will be hashed over Saturday, March 24, when the Needles Field Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management hosts presentations on the long-running Leave No Trace campaign.

The field office is at 1303 South U.S. Hwy. 95, just south of Needles.

Four, one-hour classes on land ethics principals will be offered beginning at 11 a.m., 1, 2, and 3 p.m. All community members who enjoy the outdoors are encouraged to attend; especially those who travel in groups like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, four wheel drive clubs and so-on.

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Ramona Daniels, outdoor recreation planner and wilderness coordinator at the NFO, explained the program, sponsored by Subaru, features traveling trainers that will discuss such items as how to observe wildlife without causing harm to critters or habitat; how to decrease the impact camping on the environment; and different styles of campfires.

“It’s really fun,” she said of the program. “They’ve been all over the western half of the U.S. and have background on the recreational resources throughout the different regions.

“There’s a whole lot of information on how to decrease impact on the outdoors.”

The format, Daniels said, will be seven principal stages set up in the field office parking lot where those attending can gain an understanding of how to treat the environment. The field office’s ample and air conditioned conference room will be open as well. Handouts Daniels showed off take the form of weather-resistant reminders in two formats: one for adults, one for children; that offer tips on preparation, travel and camping, waste disposal, preservation of environment and artifacts, minimizing impacts from campfires, appreciating wildlife without causing harm, and showing consideration for other visitors.

Visit the Leave Not Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics at www.LNT.org; call 800-332-4100.

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