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One consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is that visitors are flocking to the Catskills and Adirondacks to enjoy the outdoors. But they’re leaving a trace. Now, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is responding to increased reports of trash being left behind. WAMC”s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with DEC Chief of Staff Sean Mahar about the agency’s emphasis on its public education campaign.

View of the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area
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Adirondack Loj trailhead register
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A new effort has been launched to educate hikers about overcrowding and how it impacts the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Mountain Club, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Colorado-based Center for Outdoor Ethics are partnering to educate hikers about “Leave No Trace” principles to help address overcrowding in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the launch of the initiative.

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A hiking destination in the Hudson Valley has been selected as a hot spot in the U.S. to help raise awareness about leaving no trace.

The Woodstock Film Festival in collaboration with Upstate Films: Woodstock will present a special screening of “Leave No Trace” on June 23 at 8:15 p.m. at Upstate Films Woodstock with director Debra Granik present for a Q&A following the film.

In the film, Ben Foster plays a veteran named Will who lives off the grid on public land near Portland, Oregon with his teenage daughter Tom, played by Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. They live a minimalist survivalist existence separate from society apart from occasional trips into town. When their camp is discovered they are absorbed into social services. Well-meaning people attempt to integrate them into society, but Will can’t adjust and he and Tom run away from the housing and job where they have been placed.

The film is adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini and based on the novel “My Abandonment” by Peter Rock which was inspired by a true story. Debra Granik directed and co-wrote “Winter’s Bone,” which was nominated for four Academy Awards. Her other films include “Down to the Bone” and the documentary, “Stray Dog.”