Leave Only Footprints exists to raise awareness and participation in green initiatives and Leave No Trace behaviors among visitors to and residents of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

The collaborative effort began in 2007, coordinating city, state, business and individual efforts and resources to ensure the sustainability of our island’s valued natural assets. In 2015, the partnership launched the Beach Litter Program to ensure the health and safety of both Alabama’s white-sand beaches and the beachgoers who while away the hours along our sugar-white sand.

Families return to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach year after year. We are working together to maintain a clean coast for the generations to come. Will you join us?

Awards and Honors

Alabama Tourism Department Partnership Award

In 2016, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism was presented the Tourism Partnership of the Year award for working together with the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on implementing and marketing the Leave Only Footprints initiative. The award recognized the importance of the program’s implementation to both the continued sustainability of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s natural resources and to the continued success of the tourism industry which it fosters.

Alabama PALS Governor’s Award

The Leave Only Footprints initiative was awarded the 2016 Alabama PALS Governor’s Award on Nov. 16, 2016. The annual Governor’s Awards Program sponsored by the Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) recognizes groups and individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment in the areas of litter control, recycling, local cleanup efforts, environmental education and volunteerism.

Teaming up for the clean island cause

The following partners are vital contributors to Leave Only Footprints:

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Leave Only Footprints is a collaborative effort to coordinate city, state, business and individual efforts and resources for recycling and other environmentally friendly practices island-wide.
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Please explore our beaches away from bird nesting areas.
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Sea oats trap wind-blown sand, which in turn provides stability to sand dunes. Pretty cool, huh?
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All abandoned items on the beach will be removed by crews in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.
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Please don’t leave toys or gear behind at the beach.
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Did you know: Brown pelicans live many years and enjoy shallow inshore waters.
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That about sums it up.