Leave No Trace – History
1982 The first Leave No Trace (LNT) program appeared in the United States
Forest Service (USFS) in Utah in an attempt to deal
with visitor impacts , slowly spreading to other districts across the nation.
1990 Bill Thompson a veteran forester served as the first LNT
Coordinator for the United States Forest Service (USFS) to
Promote the national program. Thompson brought on board the
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) a leader in outdoor
education. This lead to the bringing together
the four national land management units.
. These units consisted of the United States Forest Service (USFS),
Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Parks Service (NPS)
And the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFS)
1993 A memorandum of understanding was signed by the
four national Land management unit’s making
Leave No Trace the National Ethics Program
1994 LNT was incorporated and
Federal Agencies signed a letter
which gave LNT INC. the power to oversee the LNT Program
1999 LNT Educational Review Committee revised the initial LNT principles
by adding two more , for a total of 7. The initial principles did not provide
For an adequate focus on two increasing topics
(1) Visitor impacts to wildlife and
(2) Visitor impacts to the experience of other visitors.
2002 LNT INC. was changed to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
The center over see’s all public outreach,
education and fundraising for the program,
offering the Master educator course and other training.