Leave No Trace and the Houston Squadron

The Leave No Trace organization accomplishes its mission by providing innovative education, skills, research and science to help people care for the outdoors.  By working with the public and those managing public lands, Leave No Trace focuses on educating people. Education – instead of costly restoration programs or access restrictions – is a better solution to land protection.

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices.  Although Leave No Trace has its roots in back-country settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere.  They also apply to almost every recreational activity.  Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.

Community Partners play a huge role in protecting the outdoors through their spread of Leave No Trace education.  Each year these organizations and businesses directly reach over 600,000 people with these valuable skills and ethics.

Educational organizations with a non-profit status support the Leave No Trace program.  These partners, both large and small, incorporate Leave No Trace skills and ethics in organizational programming and education.  America’s Boating Club Houston is a new Partner with Leave No Trace, starting in 2021.

Beginning this Spring, the Houston Squadron will present Leave No Trace “Workshops” specifically focused on the recreational boating community.  The Squadron is a pacesetter with these Leave No Trace programs. The Squadron will focus on recreational boating; from the dock to the cove, and how we can help preserve our recreational areas.  These programs are headed by P/C Susie Becvar, AP, and supported by an instructional staff of P/C Amy Taylor, Steve Smallwood, Rafael Ramos and Chris Leavitt.  Watch for announcements and schedules in your email, the Squadron website, and the Bay Neigh.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Susie Becvar. Better still – sign up for a Workshop! 

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