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Members of Leave No Trace Ireland,

Welcome to the August edition of our summer newsletter highlighting the latest news for Leave No Trace Ireland. 

Summer has arrived in Ireland and as many thousands of people venture into the outdoors to enjoy our beautiful beaches, forests, parks, mountains and lakes, Leave No Trace Ireland is encouraging everyone to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This is a great time to enjoy and celebrate our scenic countryside and the many activities we can do in the outdoors, but we should also try to minimise any negative environmental impacts we may cause by planning our trips a little better and adhering to a few simple messages.
Do your best to Leave No Trace on your visit by taking care of the environment and being considerate of other people and wildlife. More information on responsible outdoor recreation and the Leave No Trace Ireland education programme is available on
If you are interested in any of our upcoming events and training courses visit our website for the latest information here
For any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by emailing 

Record year for Leave No Trace Ireland 
Leave No Trace Ireland launched a new Annual Report illustrating the activity of the organisation throughout 2018. 2018 was a record year for Leave No Trace Ireland. The 2018 Annual Report demonstrates how we deliver a world-class outdoor ethics programme across the island of Ireland. 
To access a copy please visit our website here.

 Leave No Trace Ireland Annual General Meeting 2019

Leave No Trace Ireland’s Annual General Meeting was hosted at the Clara Bog Nature Reserve on May 9th by our new core members from the National Parks and Wildlife Service. This year’s event had a large and diverse group of stakeholders from outdoor recreation, tourism and research. We had an interesting programme featuring some of the highlights from 2018. Guest speakers included Dr Karina Dingerkus of Giorria Environmental Services, Rachel Hart of Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland and Noel Doyle IT Tralee, PhD candidate. Themes discussed included Leave No Trace in communities and research on responsible outdoor recreation and behavioural change in Ireland.

Maura Kiely, Manager of Leave No Trace Ireland, updated network members that 2018 has been the organisations strongest year in history. Leave No Trace Ireland is on track to exceeding objectives set out in the Strategic Plan ‘The Outdoors is Yours, Protect It!’. The Board of Directors thanked all network members, trainers and volunteers for their continued hard work and support.

The National Parks & Wildlife Services Join Leave No Trace Ireland
We are delighted to announce that the National Parks and Wildlife Service have joined Leave No Trace Ireland as an official core member. The National Parks and Wildlife Service, under the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has responsibility for the protection and conservation of Ireland’s natural heritage and biodiversity at national government level. Over the coming year we will collaborate and work closely with the all of the national parks and nature reserves across Ireland and its staff to raise awareness of Leave No Trace as well as undertaking a number of exciting new projects.
Inland Fisheries Ireland Join Leave No Trace Ireland
We are thrilled to announce a second new official core member for 2019, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). IFI is the state agency responsible for the protection, management and conservation of Ireland's inland fisheries and sea angling resources. IFI have worked with Leave No Trace over the last 5 years and we are delighted that they are now joining Leave No Trace Ireland as a core member. We look forward to working with IFI throughout the year in promoting responsible angling and conservation of Ireland’s rivers. 
New Community Training Programme & Toolkit for Tidy Towne Groups  
We are delighted to launch our new Biodiversity Community Training Programme and Toolkit. This project was funded by South West Mayo Development Company CLG through their Rural Development Programme (LEADER).
Dr Karina Dingerkus, Giorria Environmental Services, designed and delivered the pilot programme in Mayo. This involved a new Leave No Trace biodiversity training workshop for five Tidy Towns groups in Mayo. 
To pick up a copy of the Biodiversity Community Toolkit please visit our website  here.
Leave No Trace Education Programme Promoting Responsible Outdoor Recreation in Donegal Communities 
A new ‘Leave No Trace’ training programme to promote responsible outdoor recreation for outdoor communities has been launched in Donegal in partnership with Donegal Local Development Company CLG (DLDC). This first of its kind educational programme offers a series of bespoke workshops which customises ‘Leave No Trace’ to different outdoor activities and environments. All training courses will be delivered by Ursula MacPherson, a Leave No Trace Ireland Advanced Trainer from Donegal. 
The first training workshop was held at the end of March in the Derryveagh Hills and was very well received by the participants. There will be a further five training workshops which will take place from September to November which be tailored to walking groups, water sport groups, cycling groups and adventure race/festival organisers. Details of these courses will become available on once dates and venues have been confirmed.   
If you would like more information on this new training programme or would like to register your interest in attending any of the upcoming courses, please email or book online via Eventbrite.
Leave No Trace Ireland Celebrate National Biodiversity Week 2019
As part of National Biodiversity Week 2019 and in conjunction with the Irish Environmental Network Leave No Trace Ireland hosted a Tidy Towns Biodiversity Workshop on the 25th May in GMIT Castlebar. Delivered by Dr Karina Dingerkus, participants explored the threats facing biodiversity and how biodiversity can be incorporated into communities with responsible outdoor recreation.  
Kieran Flynn, NPWS, Curlew Conservation programme, presented a case study on the current state of curlews in Ireland and how changes in land use and management have led to a huge decline in curlew populations.

Leave No Trace Ireland Governance Update
2018 saw Leave No Trace Ireland work with more organisations in promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor recreation than ever before. The Board extends their sincere thanks all of those involved with Leave No Trace Ireland, whose hard work ensures we continually meet and, in many cases, exceed our objectives year on year.
Good governance is one of the keys to the success of any organisation. Our investment and efforts to enhance our organisational capability were officially recognised with the award of the Governance Code accreditation in 2018. By the end of 2019, Leave No Trace Ireland will have fully implemented the new Charities Governance Code launched by the Charities Regulator. 
We strive to ensure Leave No Trace Ireland follows and adheres to best practices in the charities sector. Our Corporate Governance Subgroup dedicate their time, not only to the creation of new policies and procedures, but to ensuring our existing policies are robust and fit for purpose. To achieve this, Leave No Trace Ireland has begun to externally audit its existing policies and procedures. 
This year there will be a new focus on corporate fundraising to diversify our income and with the creation of a fundraising plan. The organisation will move away from its dependency on smaller short-term grants to be more financially sustainable. 
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