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UMFK to host Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers

August 13, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will bring Education in Motion to the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus on September 23, 2004 in the Grindle Conference Room in Cyr Hall.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a non-profit organization dedicated to building awareness, appreciation, and above all, respect for public recreation areas, is partnering with UMFK to promote responsible recreation and environmental stewardship.

Highlighting the Leave No Trace national college tour visit at UMFK will be two separate awareness level training sessions. The sessions will begin at 11:00 a.m. and again at 12:45 p.m.

The team will be on campus to discuss the basics of Leave No Trace ethics and the benefits of the Leave No Trace program to career paths and environmental education teaching techniques.

The program is ideally suited for students interested in pursuing an education in biology, environmental science, forestry, and natural resources. The sessions are also open to community members interested in learning how to leave no trace while in the backcountry.

"We are excited to work closely with the college community," said Marcia Williamson, a veteran traveling trainer. "The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers have been conducting workshops with universities for a long time, however, with the National College Tour we are able to reach students with a specific message."

"College students are our future leaders, we are excited to have this opportunity. I think it will be great for students and staff to expand their knowledge and appreciation for their favorite places," added Williamson.

Williamson and her husband Gabe will be the instructors for the upcoming workshops. Both are veterans of backcountry travel in Maine, Europe and New Zealand. They both have been actively involved in natural history interpretation, outdoor recreation and wellness.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, with the support of Subaru of America, has set out "on the road" to promote responsible outdoor recreation across the United States. It encourages individuals to make a difference in protecting and preserving our natural areas.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program was established to put Leave No Trace education in motion. Two teams of dynamic educators travel from state to state teaching diverse groups of outdoor enthusiasts how to minimize their impacts while recreating on public lands.

The goal is to build toward a critical mass of educated users who will make the principles of Leave No Trace the standard code of conduct on public lands across the nation.

For more information on the program, visit the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer website at www.travelingtrainers.org

To register for either session or for more information contact Don Eno, UMFK academic outreach coordinator at 834-7835.