Quick Tips for Responsible Four Wheeling – Avoid Sensitive Areas

Tread Lightly! is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly through stewardship to further the goals of responsible and ethical recreation. The organization was started by the United States Forest Service in 1985, and became a nonprofit in 1990.

The organization leads awareness workshops and restores trails nationwide.  To be good stewards of our planet, we should all practice responsible off-roading. Tread Lightly! publishes recreation tips on their website Here’s an excerpt from their Four-Wheeling pamphlet:

  • Avoid sensitive areas such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes.
  • Other sensitive habitats to avoid include living desert soils, tundra, and seasonal nesting or breeding areas.
  • Do not disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites.
  • Avoid “spooking” livestock and wildlife you encounter and keep your distance.
  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are not allowed in designated Wilderness Areas.

Tread Lightly! is a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible recreation through education and stewardship. Tread Lightly! offers training and restoration programs designed to educate outdoor enthusiasts on the importance of maintaining a healthy environment.

To find out more about Tread Lightly! and join the organization, visit their website HERE.

You can commit to responsible four-wheeling and learn more about how to protect off-road access by becoming a friend of Tread Lightly! free HERE.


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