Leave No Trace is the most prominent educational message used to influence behaviors of protected-areas visitors with the end-goal of sustaining or improving resource conditions. The vast majority of previous research regarding Leave No Trace has focused on backcountry-overnight visitors. However, by sheer numbers alone, day-users are by far the largest user group of protected areas and research regarding this user-group is insufficient. The purpose of this study was to compare day-users’ perceptions (perceived knowledge, awareness and support, and attitudes) of Leave No Trace with those of overnight users. Results indicate that day-users’ and overnight users’ perceptions of Leave No Trace are largely congruent, and suggest that similar messaging approaches may be employed in day-use and backcountry areas in the future.
Taff, B. D.,
Vagias, W. M.,
& Lawhon, B.
Comparing day-users’ and overnight visitors’ attitudes concerning leave no trace.
Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 6(2), 133–146.