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:
- Do your part by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and restoring degraded areas.
- Carry a trash bag on your vehicle and pick up litter left by others.
- Pack out what you pack in. Practice minimum impact camping by using established sites, camping 200 feet from water resources and trails.
- Observe proper sanitary waste disposal or pack your waste out.
- Protect the soundscape by preventing unnecessary noise created by a poorly tuned vehicle or revving your engine.
- Before and after a ride, wash your vehicle to reduce the spread of invasive species.
- Build a trail community. Get to know other types of recreationists that share your favorite trail.
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.