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Leave No Trace promoted at upcoming Sedona/Oak Creek events

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As locals and tourists flock to enjoy the outdoors, Coconino National Forest will host free events around Sedona this weekend to promote its “leave no trace” principle.

This event was conducted in collaboration with the organization Leave No Trace, the Arizona National Forest Department of Environmental Quality, Slide Rock State Park, and several other non-governmental organizations to provide information and support to local visitors, volunteers, and communities. We would like to offer volunteer opportunities. member.

“These efforts will include a series of workshops for local land managers, partners and volunteers, as well as public community outreach events conducted by Leave No Trace professional educators.” said Dana Watts, executive director of the Leave No Trace organization.

High visitor numbers to these areas often result in problems such as excessive trash, vegetation damage, trail erosion, and wildlife disturbance.

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This program is intended to provide additional information to area visitors on ways to reduce human impact on popular recreation areas.

On Saturdays, Coconino Nation Forest staff, including groups such as Smokey Bear, Leave No Trace, visit the Crescent Moon Picnic Site from 9am to 11:30am and from 1pm to 4pm. We will be staying at Slide Rock State Park.

A No Illegal Volunteers event is planned to clean up designated distributed campgrounds on Forest Road 237 on Sunday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm.

Participants are encouraged to bring drinking water and snacks, dress appropriately for the occasion, and meet at the dispersed campground near the intersection of Highway 89A and Forest Road 237.

“Oak Creek Canyon is a very special and beautiful place that attracts thousands of visitors each year,” said Brian Poturalski, Recreation Program Manager for Coconino National Forest. “As community managers, it is important to shine a light on land ethics for those who visit our forests.”

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