National Parks and Wildlife Service joins with Leave No Trace Ireland to promote responsible outdoor recreation

19th August 2019

Leave No Trace Ireland, the Irish arm of the global outdoor ethics organisation, have announced the core membership addition of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), under the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The partnership between Leave No Trace Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service represents a significant opportunity to devise and implement a joint approach in restoring Ireland’s natural habitats and conserving biodiversity, while responsibly managing and promoting outdoor recreational activities and activity tourism across Ireland’s six National Parks and Nature Reserves. An increased understanding of the Leave No Trace principles and a greater awareness of the conservation work undertaken by the NPWS will provide visitors to Ireland’s Parks and Reserves with an authentic, vibrant outdoor experience, while reducing negative impact on the surrounding environments and the wildlife and nature that inhabits them.

Maura Kiely, Manager of Leave No Trace Ireland, said “We are delighted to welcome the National Parks and Wildlife Service as a core member to Leave No Trace Ireland. This is an incredible opportunity for us to work together to engage with outdoor enthusiasts and encourage responsible use of our remarkable National Parks and Nature Reserves. Our partnership will further environmental education in Ireland, raising awareness of our unique natural heritage and our duty to its continued protection and enhancement. We look forward to working closely with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.”

Mr. Trevor Donnelly, Principal Officer for Strategy and Regional Operations in the National Parks and Wildlife Service: “The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, through its National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), is pleased to have accepted from Leave No Trace Ireland the invitation to become a core member/partner. Our membership, in conjunction with the other core partners drawn from the public sector, will now help to ensure that a unified message on the issue of visitors to the countryside acting responsibly will be achieved, and in a form that is instantly recognisable to local and international visitors alike. I am also pleased to say that NPWS will also be working closely with Leave No Trace by the development of customised messages in each of our National Parks”.

Leave No Trace Ireland is endorsed by Comhairle na Tuaithe, the National Countryside and Recreation Strategy, and the Northern Ireland Outdoor Recreation Plan as the only recognised outdoor ethics education programme in Ireland that promotes caring recreational use of the countryside. The Leave No Trace message has been adopted by key state and national organisations including government departments, state agencies and national governing bodies of sport, education and training and a range of businesses. These include the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Sport Ireland, Coillte, the OPW, Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Irish Environmental Network.




Aileen Galvin at Sync & Swim – / + 353 87 8595063

Maura Kiely at Leave No Trace Ireland - / +353 1 905 9009



Leave No Trace Ireland is Ireland’s only outdoor ethics programme, which promotes the responsible use of the outdoors. Through education, research and partnerships, Leave No Trace Ireland enables and supports individuals, communities, organisations and companies in reducing the environmental impact of outdoor activities including activity tourism.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service, under the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is the official government agency responsible for the protection and conservation of Ireland’s natural heritage and biodiversity. It has extensive experience in the protection of habitats and species through the promotion of activities that benefit their conservation and restoration. The NPWS implements Ireland’s National Biodiversity Plan and manages, maintains and develops Ireland’s six National Parks and its many Nature Reserves.