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Quinn and Frank are the current traveling e-Tour trainers and I was privileged to have them 'camp out' in our guest room last night while they are rockin' their way through Minnesota. They spend months traveling the country in their way-cool Subaru, presenting at Scout events, National Parks, schools, and any place else where they can leave a big impact about leaving no impact. They were just in Bemidji, Crosby, St. Croix, and Inver Grove Heights, and are now on their way to a conference in Mankato. After a couple days in Illinois, they zoom back east to DC, MD, NJ, PA, and NY. Quite an adventurous way to spend a few months, huh?

Quinn and Frank's visit was a ton of fun for me. I learned more about good ways to share the Leave No Trace message and got to form ideas about my LNT stories from the trail. I'm now really looking forward to my next LNT workshop that I'll be presenting to a backpacking youth group and scouts here at the end of the month.

Whether on a short hike or a long backpack trip, keeping the seven LNT principles in mind is good practice. Picking up a candy wrapper, skipping a campfire, keeping your dog leashed, and staying on the trail are all great, easy ways to minimize impact.

I was surprised that these traveling trainers spend most of their nights camping - I would have thought they'd be at people's homes more often. So, check out their calendar and consider attending an event and seeing if they need a place to rest if they're in your neighborhood.

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Posted: 10:08 05-17-2012 857
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 May 17, 2012 - Brother Ed
I'm not too familiar with the 7 principles of LNT. How does keeping your dog on a leash figure into LNT?
May 17, 2012 - Scouter Paul
One dog running free is probably not going to do much damage to the land from digging or pooping, but could chase animals and be a nuisance to other people.  Many dogs off-leash, such as on popular trails, can cause a significant mess.  Those principles that come into play would be "Respect Wildlife", "Dispose of Waste", "Courteous to Others", and "Use Durable Surfaces".

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