Dave Honored by Leave No Trace

We are excited to announce that Tahoe Mountain Sports owner Dave Polivy was honored by Leave No Trace as one of its extraordinary member-activists of 2011. Dave is one of 11 chosen out of the some 60 members nominated, so it’s quite an honor!

His involvement with Leave No Trace began in late 2010, when he chose the nonprofit as the beneficiary of a fundraising Facebook campaign. For every new Facebook fan Tahoe Mountain Sports got in a 2-week span, Dave donated $1 to Leave No Trace. The fans poured in, and helped raise more than $700 for Leave No Trace.

From that successful campaign, the collaborations continued. Dave organized Leave No Trace’s participation in SnowFest 2011, in a partnership with TMS and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, and spearheaded two Leave No Trace awareness trainings, one in the 2010–11 winter season and one in the summer of 2011, as well as a family hiking event.

I caught up with Dave to ask him a few questions about this honor.

Why did you get involved with Leave No Trace?

Ever since I took a NOLS course back in 1994, I have been involved with LNT principles. Now that my work directly connects me with the outdoors, I feel obligated to pass on that education to as many people as possible. If my business is to get people excited and inspired to play outside, then we also need to be a steward of that playground. Since we want our children to be able to enjoy the same natural environment that we do, we must take care of it ourselves and teach others the same. We also see a lot more people enjoying the outdoors and it is necessary to properly educate them on the best way to leave no trace so others can find it in the same condition they did.

You really went above and beyond typical member-activist involvement, can you tell us why?

We really felt that LNT did not have a big presence here in Lake Tahoe. And with the lake being one of our nation’s natural jewels, we felt there was a need to heighten the principles of LNT and we took it upon ourselves to assist in that. Since the whole goal of the environmental community in the region is to improve the health of Lake Tahoe, we felt this was our little part that we could do to help out.

Why are Leave No Trace values so important?

They instill a sense of responsibility when recreating in the outdoors, and it is important to pass that sense of responsibility on to the next generations.

Have you met any of the other honorees?

I have not, but I hope to in the near future.

What does this honor mean to you? Were you surprised?

I was totally caught by surprise and I am very excited and flattered to be honored. I am also humbled by this honor because I thought I was just helping out a good cause, but to think that they as an organization thought I went above and beyond is very humbling. I found out I was honored during Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City. When I ran into the LNT folks, they pretty much floored me when they told me. All I kept doing was expressing my happiness and pride to them all night. Every time I saw one of them I ran up and gave them a big hug!

Any future plans with LNT?

We are always working on fun and innovative ways to get the LNT message across. We are working with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association this spring on their Annual Guide Training and helping to spread the message there. We will likely put on a couple more awareness workshops during the year, and after that, you have to wait and see what we have up our sleeves, but I promise, it will be fun, unique and educational just like how we have done things in the past!

Congratulations to Dave Polivy again, one of Leave No Trace’s “Eleven People We Love” for 2011. Click through to read about the other member-activists honored.



I'm Tahoe Mountain Sports' web editor and a 6-year Tahoe resident. Yep, I live the life, with a lake view from my desk, lunch breaks on the beach with my dog, and morning powder runs when the snow's good. I ski, snowboard, skate ski, and cross-country ski in winter, and hike, mountain bike, backpack, and lay around on Tahoe's beaches in summer.


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