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Learn to ‘leave no trace’
Friday, February 28, 2020 by Tai Moses
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recently named the Barton Creek Greenbelt one of 14 “Hot Spots” around the nation. Hot Spots are “popular and beautiful outdoor areas that are heavily used and have visitor-created impacts, such as litter, impacts of pet waste and trail damage,” according to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. LeAnn Ishcomer, who manages PARD’s park ranger program, said, “The Barton Creek Greenbelt is beloved and the Hot Spot designation will help to shed light on the unintended side effects of its popularity.” The parks department is partnering with local organizations to raise community awareness about the negative pressures that can affect natural areas and to offer solutions in the form of a series of Leave No Trace events from March 6-9. From bird and salamander walks to greenbelt cleanups and rock climbing, park visitors will learn how to leave no trace on their favorite places. Space is limited and registration is required.
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