Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge to host program on minimizing effects on environment

The program will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3 in Sequim.

SEQUIM — A program on how outdoor enthusiasts can minimize impacts to the environment is planned at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge next month.

A traveling team from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics will host educators and an educational display at the Dungeness Spit trailhead from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3 at the entrance station to the refuge at 554 Voice of America Road.

Refuge visitors and outdoor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn about their impacts on the environment, as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts.

“Leave No Trace is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations,” according to Dave Falzetti, refuge officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“The group teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands.”

Falzetti also said visitors might get a rare chance to meet Bigfoot, the reigning “hide-and-seek” world champion.

For more information, call 360-457-8451 or email david_falzetti@fws.gov.

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