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Leave No Trace, Inc. Presents NOLS with Interagency Partnership Award

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - August 25, 1999 -- Leave No Trace, Inc., (LNT) along with representatives from its federal land agency partners, honored the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) with the Leave No Trace Interagency Partnership Award at Outdoor Retailer's Summer Market. Leave No Trace is a national education program that teaches and promotes responsible outdoor recreation. The award, presented annually, recognizes a LNT partner for their outstanding promotion and support of the national program.

Outdoor industry representatives and LNT supporters gathered for an award presentation and a "gray water" toast to recognize NOLS' longtime involvement to the LNT program. "NOLS' commitment to LNT is unparalleled," stated Dennis Bschor, Director of Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness Resources, US Forest Service. "Without NOLS' historic commitment to minimum impact education and training, the Leave No Trace program would not be nearly as successful as it is today." Denny Bschor presented the award with LNT Executive Director, Dana Watts; Roger Semler (National Park Service) and Stew Jacobson (Bureau of Land Management).

"NOLS' outdoor teaching expertise really strengthens the LNT program. We look forward to continuing this excellent partnership well into the future," said Dana Watts. NOLS developed the Leave No Trace Skills and Ethics booklet series, the Master Educator training course, and helped cultivate partnerships with the federal land agencies and others. Under NOLS' guidance, more than 1000 students across the U.S. in Mexico and Canada, have been successfully trained as Master Educators of LNT.

In receiving the award, John Gans, NOLS' Executive Director, stated, "All of us at NOLS are very pleased to receive this recognition. The LNT program has provided a great opportunity for us to extend NOLS' educational mission to an incredible number of wilderness users. NOLS is proud of its role in the Leave No Trace program."

Leave No Trace is a non-profit organization who promotes and inspires responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnership. Please call 800-332-4100 for more information.

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Dana Watts
Leave No Trace, Inc.
(303) 442-8222

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