New Partnerships Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (Anza-Borrego) and the Anza-Borrego Foundation (ABF) are excited to announce a new partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics for the upcoming 2020/2021 desert season. Thousands of visitors from around the world enjoy California’s largest state park each year for a variety of recreational outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, star gazing, wildlife viewing, equestrian use and camping to name a few. This upcoming season, the Leave No Trace initiative aims to introduce new and returning outdoor enthusiasts to the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace tailored specifically for Anza-Borrego and other desert public lands.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park “One of the main goals of the Leave No Trace initiative is to ensure that our staff and partners are not just educating visitors about the park rules, but showing visitors how they can be applied to protect the park’s resources for current and future generations,” said Acting District Superintendent Ray Lennox. “We are thankful to the Anza-Borrego Foundation for leading this effort and for their support in working with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to adapt the Seven Principles for our park.”
Anza-Borrego Foundation “We are excited that our partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has blossomed into a comprehensive educational initiative and outreach effort, equally embraced by our park partner and California State Parks. This initiative will help preserve our beautiful desert, enrich everyone’s experience and educate all visitors on the need to care for and protect these lands,” said Bri Fordem, Executive Director, Anza-Borrego Foundation.
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics “Leave No Trace looks forward to working alongside the Anza-Borrego Foundation and California State Parks to ensure that all visitors to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are informed on how to protect the area’s vital natural resources,” said Dana Watts, Executive Director of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. “Our combined efforts to bring Leave No Trace desert-specific education to the Park is an important step in equipping visitors and locals with the necessary information to care for Anza-Borrego’s unique landscape.”
Timely Initiative with Expected High Visitation in Upcoming Season California State Parks and partners are expecting high visitation and increased use with the beginning of the desert season. The Leave No Trace initiative will help provide different options around activities such as camping and campfire use, human waste disposal and regular trash to help alter behavior to first time visitors, and visitors who may be familiar with dry camping but not in more sensitive desert environments. The goal is to communicate the seven Leave No Trace Principles (see detailed guidelines and downloadable documents below) in the park through various outreach efforts such as two Anza-Borrego Desert-specific designs, one of our wind caves and one depicting native plants to our desert, helping promote these best wilderness practices in our park and supporting advocacy and education. Other outreach efforts will include videos highlighting individual principles and other efforts. Stay tuned here, on social media and through our e-connections!
To explore tools we have available at our State Park Store to follow desert guidelines and recreate responsibly, CLICK HERE! Keep an open mind!
Leave No Trace Seven Principles (English) Leave No Trace Seven Principles (Spanish)
Leave No Trace COVID-19 (English) Leave No Trace COVID-19 (Spanish)