Leave No Trace: One Step Back and Two Steps Forward 

Growing up, the seven Leave No Trace principles, accompanied with mnemonic gestures, were instilled in me as a set of reminders to guide my behavior both in and out-of-doors. As I got older, I learned the ecological and ethical basis for upholding Leave No Trace (LNT) practices. Now, as a trail and recreation steward with the Umatilla National Forest through the Mt. Adams Institute’s Public Lands Stewards AmeriCorps Program, I am gaining a new perspective and understanding not only of the LNT principles themselves but also of what it takes to make practicing LNT possible. Continue Reading…

Ellen Thompson

Ellen grew up in Arcata, California surrounded by redwoods and close to the ocean. During her free time, Ellen enjoys exploring the forest and surfing the waves of the Pacific. Continue Reading…

Public Lands Stewards: Fulfilling My Sense of Adventure

When describing what Mt. Adams Institute provides- a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, make lasting connections with professionals in your desired field of work, serve and engage with your community, all with the support of the caring individuals that make up the organization- it sounds like a dream. Continue Reading…