Enhancing Trail Stewardship through Leave No Trace

Learn about what one parks, trails, and open space division accomplished in order to enhance Leave No Trace stewardship practices and address growing trail issues throughout their system.

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September 15, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


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FREE for nonmembers

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Webinar Outline

Like a lot of areas around the country, Colorado Springs’ population is rapidly expanding with more people excited to use the parks, trails, and open spaces. The problem (or opportunity!) is those areas aren’t expanding along with the population and require an enhanced sense of environmental stewardship from park visitors and staff alike to remain sustainable, scenic, and safe. User conflicts and negative trail impacts have increased as more people share the trail system. The City of Colorado Springs’ Regional Parks, Trails & Open Space division launched a Leave No Trace Stewardship Initiative to increase knowledge of responsible recreation practices and promote positive behavior changes from park visitors. Utilizing Leave No Trace education strategies has given park staff the tools needed to create effective change throughout the trail system. Setting visitors up for success by making trail maps easy to access and providing proper wayfinding through the system is a top priority. The initiative is one based in positivity and the creation of a culture of stewardship, not shaming and citations. Join in to learn more about the steps taken to build this initiative, challenges faced, and how your agency or organization can help support turning park visitors into park ultra-stewards!

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about Leave No Trace as an organization and what benefits a community partnership can provide.
  • Participants will learn what steps the City of Colorado Springs took to become the first municipality in the nation to attain Leave No Trace Gold Standard Site designation for multiple properties in its park system.
  • Participants will learn strategies taken by soft enforcement park staff to promote positive behavior changes by trail users.
  • Participants will learn strategies to enhance park signage in order to gain compliance.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

Webinar Resources

  • Information on the City of Colorado Springs’ Leave No Trace Gold Standard Site Designations
  • Leave No Trace (Organization Main Webpage)
  • Information on the Leave No Trace Gold Standard Site Program
  • Information on Leave No Trace Youth Accreditation
  • Information on Leave No Trace Hot Spot Week Program
  • Blog Post Focusing on Authority of the Resource
  • Original Article by George Wallace Defining Authority of the Resource (pdf)

    Webinar Partners


    Gillian Rossi, Recreation & Cultural Services Department, City of Colorado Springs Parks
    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Gillian is a Senior Park Ranger with the City of Colorado Springs’ Trails, Open Space & Parks (TOPS) program and currently serving as the Colorado State Advocate for Leave No Trace. Gillian developed a passion for Leave No Trace while working as a park interpreter for Arkansas State Parks and pursued a Master of Environmental Management degree at Western Colorado University in order to gain additional tools to promote environmental stewardship through the lens of integrative and public land management. Her mission is to help create a culture of stewardship throughout land management agencies and the outdoor recreation industry.


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