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Leave No Trace Research

The bibliograhy below contains references to research or writings on the effect of Leave No Trace or similar programmes. We include articles critical of Leave No Trace on this list as we are open to debate on the efficacy of our programmes. In fact the more people indulge in this debate the better as it shows more people are thinking about environmental care!

  • Cole, D. N. (1998). Written appeals for attention to low-impact messages on wilderness trailside bulletin boards: experimental evaluations of effectiveness. Journal of Park & Recreation Administration, 16(1), 65-79.
  • Confer, J. J., Absher, J. D., Graefe, A. R., & Hille, A. (1998, Apr 05-07). Relationships between visitor knowledge of "leave no trace" minimum-impact practices and attitudes toward selected management actions. Paper presented at the 1998 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, Ny.
  • Daniels, M. L., & Marion, J. L. (2005). Communicating Leave No Trace Ethics and Practices: Efficacy of Two-Day Trainer Courses. Journal of Park & Recreation Administration, 23(4), 1-19.
  • Foster, R. (1996, Nov 01-05). Mapping wilderness perception habitats: Evaluation of environmental literacy via wilderness education programs. Paper presented at the 25th Annual Conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education, San Francisco Bay Area, Ca.
  • Griffin, C. (2004, Mar 28-30). Leave No Trace and National Park Wilderness Areas. Paper presented at the Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, Bolton Landing, NY.
  • Marion, J. L., & Reid, S. (2007). Minimising Visitor Impacts to Protected Areas: The Efficacy of Low Impact Education Programmes. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 15(1), 5-27.
  • Morley, L., Chase, M. R., Day, R. W., & Lawhon, B. (2008). Conviction of the Heart: Implementing Leave-No-Trace Principles in Outdoor Recreation. JOPERD: The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 79(7), 29-34.
  • North, C. (2008). Watching Where You Go. The Climber, Issue 64(Winter), 20-21.
  • Rossiter, K. (2006). Loving the Land to Death or Loving the Land for Life: A Foundational Look at Recreation Ecology. Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education Conference Proceedings, 79-82.
  • Settina, N. (2006). Effectiveness of Leave No Trace Education at Reducing Camping Impacts in Green Ridge State Forest, Maryland. Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland.