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Appalachian Trail Leave No Trace Awareness and Leave No Trace Trainer

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I know this may be short notice. I have signed up for the following courses. If anyone wants to join me and drive on your own (I am already here) to North Georgia for this class then RSVP. After you RSVP I will contact Tom to see if there is still room in the class and forward you the application. YOU WILL NEED TO BRING (OR SHARE) A FOREST SERVICE APPROVED, HARD-SIDED “BEAR RESISTANT FOOD CANISTER” – AND OTHER PERSONAL BACKPACKING GEAR.


Course Announcement – March 2014 Northern Georgia – near the North Carolina border

Leave No Trace Awareness and Leave No Trace Trainer

Appalachian Trail – Amicalola Falls and Neels Gap – Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest March 15-16 … March 17-18 … March 19-20 … or March 21-22, 2014

Appalachian Trail – Amicalola Falls and Neels Gap – March 15-16 Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest …March 21-22, 2014

Objective: Develop expertise in training others to use minimum-impact hiking and camping techniques that protect the environment and the wilderness experience found in the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine.

LEAVE NO TRACE AWARENESS COURSE – A workshop lasting 1 hour to all day (flexible participation). If you stay with the course more than 1 hour and begin hiking with us, you must be able to travel independently onward or back to the trailhead (instructor will remain with Trainer course group). Class limit: 15 students.

LEAVE NO TRACE TRAINER COURSE – A two day (16 hour) course. This workshop-style course is designed to “train the trainer.” Active participation in peer-to-peer teaching will be involved. Integral to the course is an overnight backpacking trip (around 6-8 miles round trip) on the Appalachian Trail and vicinity. YOU WILL NEED TO BRING (OR SHARE) A FOREST SERVICE APPROVED, HARD-SIDED “BEAR RESISTANT FOOD CANISTER” – AND OTHER PERSONAL BACKPACKING GEAR. Graduates will receive a “Leave No Trace Trainer” certificate of completion valuable for a variety of positions: camp counselors, outfitters, guides, Forest Service/National Park Service/State Park rangers, teachers, Scouts and other outdoor mentor/leaders. Minimum age for participants: 18 (15 years old if signing up with an accompanying adult). Class limit: 8 students.


THE MARCH 15-16 COURSE will start/finish in front of the Lodge at Amicalola Falls, Amicalola Falls State Park, Dawsonville, Georgia

THE MARCH 17-18, MARCH 19-20, AND MARCH 21-22 COURSES will start/finish at the Byron Herbert Reece Memorial Trailhead (elevation 3,000 feet), Chattahoochee National Forest, 0.5 miles north of Neels Gap on U.S. Hwy 19/129. The Reece Trailhead is thirteen miles southeast of Blairsville, Georgia (the nearest town).

The courses will be held outdoors at 3,000 to 4,460 feet. Prepare for inclement weather (snow, rain, cold temperatures). In case of snow, rain or drizzle, the courses will first meet at the Blood Mountain Cabins (directions below).

TOM OUR INSTRUCTOR holds an M.S., is a Leave No Trace master educator who has studied outdoor recreation, environmental science, education and wilderness management. He completed a hike of the A.T. in 2013. An outdoor professional and ranger with federal agencies for more than three decades, Tom is a U.S. Forest Service lead wilderness ranger, trail crew leader and wilderness first responder. As chair of the Trail and Camping Committee of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Stewardship Council, he is a volunteer who has led the multi-agency group developing educational strategies, signs, posters and brochures teaching minimum-impact camping methods for the Appalachian Trail since 2010.

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