Blue Lakes, Mt Sneffels Wilderness Selected as Leave No Trace Hot Spot

Release Date: Jun 28, 2018  

Contact(s): Angie Abel 970-240-5425, Ailsa Walsh

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests are partnering with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and their Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to host educational activities and events for the Blue Lakes, Mt Sneffels Wilderness; a 2018 Leave No Trace Hot Spot.

Hot Spot locations are popular and beautiful outdoor recreation areas across the country that have experienced heavy recreational use and visitor-created impacts, including excessive trash, damage to vegetation, trail erosion and disturbance to wildlife. As the popularity of Blue Lakes, Mt Sneffels Wilderness continues to grow, it has experienced an exponential increase in these impacts. The need for Leave No Trace outdoor education to help visitors understand how to preserve and protect the natural landscape we treasure is greater than ever before.

“Blue Lakes, Mt Sneffels Wilderness has been a longtime favorite for locals and visitors. The impacts have grown over time. It is important for us to work with Leave No Trace and evaluate the cumulative effect of recreational use to help educate visitors on Leave No Trace practices” said Angie Abel, Ouray Ranger District Recreation Staff Officer.

On Tuesday July 3rd GMUG personnel and Leave No Trace Trainers will be hosting an Authority of Resource Technique/Effective Communication of Leave No Trace event. This 3-hour interactive presentation and discussion will focus on introducing the key elements of Leave No Trace and is designed for all those who educate the public. It will be held at the Ridgway 4-H Event Center in the upstairs meeting room and will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

Saturday July 7th LNT Trainers and GMUG personnel will be hosting all day workshops and presentations at the Blue Lake, Mt Sneffels Wilderness trailhead. Programing will aim to educate the public on a variety of issues including fear of packing out, campfires in the backcountry and general LNT principles. Events will begin at 8:00 am and end around 4:00 pm.

“We are thrilled to work with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to help educate raise awareness for the future enjoyment and preservation of one of the GMUG’s most beautiful areas” said Scott Armentrout, GMUG Forest Supervisor.