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Originally published August 3, 2011 at 11:10 AM | Page modified August 6, 2011 at 7:02 AM

Adventure site: Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

A plain, no-frills website reflects the mission of a nonprofit that pushes for a minimalist approach to enjoying the outdoors.

McClatchy-Tribune

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Online Adventure site of the week: Leave No Trace

A plain, no-frills website reflects the mission of a nonprofit that pushes for a minimalist approach to enjoying the outdoors. Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics at lnt.org teaches people to leave nature the way they found it and to decrease their impact.

Outdoor enthusiasts from hiking guides to Girl Scouts have been practicing this concept for decades. Leave No Trace focuses on spreading the message of responsibility to increase impact on outdoors lovers and decrease impact on nature. The organization's website offers simple ways to minimize impact on the environment.

Some of the tips may seem obvious. Travel in small groups. Choose small stoves for cooking and lanterns for light in lieu of campfires. Clean up any trash. Don't feed the animals.

But other advice may be less obvious. Leave even the smallest of items, like rocks and twigs, where they are or replace them when leaving.

Leave No Trace even offers courses to teach participants how to spread the organization's low-impact message. The website lists training opportunities and "master educator" contact information by state.

The online store offers logoed shirts and hats as another way of getting the word out about leaving no trace. As some of the items say, "Bigfoot's been doing it for years."

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