Thursday January 12, 2023 7:00 PM EST
Christine sitting by water fall wearing backpack

Join Great Smoky Mountains National Park Backcountry Specialist Christine Hoyer as she teaches about the importance of “Leave No Trace” ethics in protecting our outdoor spaces. She explains how the park, a place with extraordinary biodiversity and high visitation, must meet the challenges of balancing use and preservation within the park boundaries.  Co-sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, the virtual presentation will be Thursday, January 12, 7 p.m. EST via Zoom. The program is free, but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. Closed captions are available.

As the Backcountry Management Specialist, Christine manages the park’s backcountry program which includes permitting, recreational use, impacts, and maintenance throughout the backcountry campsite network, important long-trail partnerships, as well as park-wide wilderness management. She is passionate about the mission of the National Park Service, and the role that “Leave No Trace” education can play in protecting our wilderness areas with ever-increasing visitation to these special places.   

An employee of the National Park Service for 14 years, Christine has spent all of it within the boundaries of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  She has held multiple positions, in various divisions and different geographic locations through the park. Christine has college degrees in Psychology and Philosophy and graduate certificates in Wilderness Management and EcoPsychology.  She is an active Leave No Trace Trainer and Master Educator. 

Contact Michelle Campanis for any questions or registration issues.

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