leave no trace

Over the next few days, thousands of people from around the world will head to the desert in Nevada, USA to construct Black Rock City. Laid out in a grid plan with radiating avenues named after the numbers on a clock, the city serves as home to roughly 60,000 people for Burning Man, an annual week-long event. Burning Man is described as an experiment in community, art, self-expression, and radical self-reliance. Additionally residents in Black Rock City practice one of the event’s key principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ – meaning significant efforts are taken to make sure as the city is disassembled in the days following the festival, the desert returns to its original state.

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…And when we reach a good place
Let’s be sure to leave no trace
Promise they won’t track us down…
- Sia

I’ve admired this blog for a long time, and now I can share my happiness with others. I promised myself, some time ago, I wouldn’t submit a photo(s) unless the man was extremely special. This man is unlike any other I’ve met before; warmth on a cold day, food to an empty stomach, and a co-captain of our ship in uncharted territory. Not sure what I did to deserve this beautiful soul in my life, but I’ve never been one to question a gift. I love you JM.

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Product testing, black bear-style…

Dale Maas, a recent visitor to BLM’s beautiful Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area in Arizona, watched this black bear try - in Dale’s words - to “circumvent the design” of a trash can in one of the picnic areas.

The bear wasn’t successful, but it’s a great reminder as Memorial Day rolls around that using designated trash cans not only keeps our public lands clean but also protects wildlife!

All photos courtesy of Dale Maas; story submitted by BLMer Adam Milnor

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Pedal, ride or hike your way through Arizona’s Middle Gila River Canyons with #mypubliclandsroadtrip!

Don’t worry, they’re still out there – those parts of the country that impress and surprise without having a big entrance sign out front. The complex network of canyons around the Middle Gila River near Florence, Arizona is just such a place. The area provides a designated system of primitive desert roads and rockcrawling for the off-road vehicle aficionado - with remote ravines containing evidence of the area’s mining and ranching past.

If you’re looking to pedal, the Arizona National Scenic Trail winds through the heart of the area.  The 37-mile backcountry stretch of singletrack north of the river negotiates impressive geology with evocative names like “The Spine” - offering a combination of scenery and challenge.

Prefer boots to tires? The 5,800-acre White Canyon Wilderness draws hikers to a winding desert canyon complete with grand saguaro and slickrock pour offs. Regardless of how you travel, preparation and Leave No Trace are the name of the game.  

Story by A. Milnor, BLM Arizona Gila District and Tumblr Blogger

I’m so mad about that

I’ve also been mad the last few days but that’s not the point…

Don’t go to such a beautiful natural area, throw a “raging party” and then leave clothes, beer cans, an inner tube, and other trash strewn about. This is a trail that not a lot of people knew about when Hayden frequented it. He used to go here with his Asatru Kindred. It’s perfect for that, it’s like a natural amphitheater. Clearly someone opened their mouth about the trail and now it’s a popular place. When a place gets popular, this kind of stuff happens. I know from personal experience working for trails that this stuff happens when people are allowed any sort of access to a beautiful resource. 

It breaks my heart that people are so disrespectful and careless with their trash. It almost ruined the trip for me.

I took pictures and I called the regional wildlife department that manages that area and left them a voicemail. If I get an opportunity to go back before they get to it, I’ll make sure to remember to grab my backpack and stuff it with garbage bags.

I remember last time I saw this kind of wanton laziness, you all told me to call my regional office and let them know. That’s what I did. Now, for all of you who haven’t had this experience and want to know what to do, here’s a good option:

If you encounter a pile of trash on a trail and you aren’t able to pack it out yourself, take pictures of the trash, mark it’s location on a map or notepad or even in your phone, and then call the trail manager. At the beginning of most maintained trails there should be a bill-board with the regulations and other information about that specific trail. There should be a number to call, whether that’s trail maintenance, a Ranger, or just the local department. Tell them the location and just general contents of the trash.

And for those of you who decide these places are a wonderful place to have a huge party: Pick. Up. Your God-damned trash and don’t leave it for someone else. That’s disgusting and disrespectful to that resource. Instances like this make it hard for Natural Resource departments to keep trails open for everyone else.

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Leave No Trace Part 1: IP Addresses & VPNs
Leave No Trace is a series of short posts dedicated to informing and educating users of social media how to keep their online data private and away from prying eyes - whoever that may be. As more a...

for those that missed it, here’s an article for you to share around on your social networks. it covers IP addresses and VPNs and how they can be used to cover your digital tracks. there will be more articles in the Leave No Trace series, which will cover other aspects of digital privacy on social media. sign up to the Handstyler mailing list to find out when they are published.

stay knowledgeable, people…

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We’re kicking off the weekend with a photo collection from last week’s Burning Man event in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert – the largest Leave No Trace event in the world, authorized under the most complex special recreation permit issued by the BLM.  All photos were taken by BLM employees assisting with event safety, logistics and more.

And if you like the Burning Man photos, you’ll want to see the Burning Man videos by Jayson Barangan from BLM Arizona. Check them out on the BLM Nevada’s YouTube – Embrace: Art on Nevada’s Public Lands; 12:00 on the Playa; and Embracing the Moment

Learn more about Burning Man here>> http://tmblr.co/Z9wNeu1ObgRGT .