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Treading Lightly is one of the best practices that we as public land users can do to make sure that we can not only continue to use our public lands in a variety of recreational manners, but also make sure that the natural resources and experiences remain intact for future generations. Its not about restriction, but rather about responsibility for our public lands and to ourselves, our friends and families, other visitors, and future generations.

So what does it mean to "Tread Lightly"? Well, we've developed our 5 Principles to break it down to basics:

Tread Lightly! Principles

Travel Responsibly on land by staying on designated roads, trails and areas. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. Cross streams only at designated crossings. When possible avoid wet, muddy trails. On water, stay on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in designated areas.

Respect the Rights of Others including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Yield right of way to those passing you or going uphill. On water, respect anglers, swimmers, skiers, boaters, divers and those on or near shore.

Educate Yourself prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip, take recreation skills classes and know how to operate your equipment safely.

Avoid Sensitive Areas on land such as meadows, lakeshores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Don’t disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites. On water, avoid operating your watercraft in shallow waters or near shorelines at high speeds.

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 repairing degraded areas.


We gain a lot by Treading Lightly as a community. Please help us by promoting the Tread Lightly! ethics whenever you can. :D

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Thanks for the support!! And please, feel free to ask here if you have any questions or desire for clarification, at all.
 

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I have heard it asked "why tread lightly?". The answer is quite simple: either we do or we loose our trails. Every time I am in the backcountry I see user created trails where they don't belong and just know some ranger has seen them, photographed, logged and reported them. After enough of this they close areas or severly limit usage. This past weekend I explored a new area (new to me but actually fairly new) in Western Colorado, the Gunnison River NCA near Delta. I did a brief visit last year then again this past weekend and was amazed to see miles of new wooden fencing just placed by the BLM to control off trail usage. Won't be long before all the trails are lined by fences.

On the flip side BLM has added some new trails and actually seem to be promoting 4X4 usage. Signage says "jeep trails" but map calls them "technical 4X4 trails" and in some spots they truely are. I hope everyone "treads lightly" there so we can enjoy the area for a long time.

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I agree, although it's kind of sad that "because it's obviously the right thing to do" isn't a good enough answer for people...

Very glad to see some kind of official representation for TREAD LIGHTLY on here, people need to read this stuff.
 

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I have heard it asked "why tread lightly?". The answer is quite simple: either we do or we loose our trails. Every time I am in the backcountry I see user created trails where they don't belong and just know some ranger has seen them, photographed, logged and reported them. After enough of this they close areas or severly limit usage. This past weekend I explored a new area (new to me but actually fairly new) in Western Colorado, the Gunnison River NCA near Delta. I did a brief visit last year then again this past weekend and was amazed to see miles of new wooden fencing just placed by the BLM to control off trail usage. Won't be long before all the trails are lined by fences.

On the flip side BLM has added some new trails and actually seem to be promoting 4X4 usage. Signage says "jeep trails" but map calls them "technical 4X4 trails" and in some spots they truely are. I hope everyone "treads lightly" there so we can enjoy the area for a long time.

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Hey Ace! Well put...! Glad you enjoyed the Gunnison River NCA. You are probably referring as well to the trails in the Dry Creek area (Boulder Canyon) which is by all definitions an extreme rock-crawling trail. That trail takes :ninja: -skills to get through without breaking.


(For those of you who went to Summit in the last couple years, this is Justin from Stay The Trail behind the Tread Lightly! forum account. Sorry I won't be able to hang out this year, but hope you all have fun!! :rocker: )
 

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Just did my first wheeling with my new FJ and one of the guides from ExploringNH gave a brief tread lightly talk before we went out (about 30 rigs in all).

One of the things he said was that airing down helps to maintain good traction and would minimize the accidental spinning of tires which leads to the creation of ruts, which enable water runoff, which ruins the trail and pisses everyone off. He really emphasized that spinning wheels is something to be avoided.

Just thought I'd add this to the discussion.
 

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Just did my first wheeling with my new FJ and one of the guides from ExploringNH gave a brief tread lightly talk before we went out (about 30 rigs in all).

One of the things he said was that airing down helps to maintain good traction and would minimize the accidental spinning of tires which leads to the creation of ruts, which enable water runoff, which ruins the trail and pisses everyone off. He really emphasized that spinning wheels is something to be avoided.

Just thought I'd add this to the discussion.
:lol:

Not the phrasing i'd personally use... but yes, the concept is right. Wheel spin is unnecessary, and besides having trail impacts, can also cause damage to your rig if for some reason that spinning tire catches all of a sudden. That's why its very important to use an appropriate amount of throttle, as well as lockers only when needed. Having lockers on when you don't have traction issues means that any time you are turning, that one of your tires is "slipping" on the dirt surface.
 

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Good afternoon everyone!!

Tip of the week:

With the 4th of July holiday weekend rapidly approaching, we hope that you and your friends and families are making plans to head outdoors to enjoy some responsible fun and celebration. Since we figure (and hope) that many of you will be camping, we wanted to toss out a few reminders about campsite ethics.

- Look for previously-used campsites, and camp on durable surfaces.
- Campsites should be at least 200ft from water sources, other campsites, and trails. Pay attention to local regulations (MVUMs, etc) concerning how far your vehicle can be off the trail for camping.
- Keep a clean camp. Place food and other products with odors in animal-proof containers or back in vehicles.
- Follow the pack it in, pack it out guidelines. Police your camp before you leave to leave it in better condition than you found it.
- Campfires are not for waste disposal. Please do not leave trash in campfire rings, especially glass.

All that said, lets all cross our fingers for beautiful weather and get back to planning that perfect trip!

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Ya need to track down these wing-nuts and beat them with a fish.

Pay Attention at the 2:00 mark :kiss: and then....poor poor, bunny.

Claim: I stole this off of TW. Just seems to fit this thread.



 

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Ya need to track down these wing-nuts and beat them with a fish.
We actually prefer to not endanger or harass wildlife, so I don't think we'd want to use a fish to beat them :ninja:

The internet is unfortunately full of videos like that. I say unfortunate because there have been cases of anti-motorized organizations using contests to find those types of videos to further their land management agendas.


(Disclaimer: We also do not encourage any form of physical assault in response to improper trail use. However, if your buddy is doing something irresponsible, then it is perfectly acceptable and expected to a) read him/her the riot act, b) teach them about the benefits of Treading Lightly, and then c) make him/her buy the :cheers: back in town.)
 

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Hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July weekend!!!

Any fun trail stories from the holiday that anyone cares to share? Or is everyone busy getting ready for FJSummit in Ouray?
 

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Wow... how the summer flies!!!

Quick tip of the week:

Spill kits! Despite the fact that oil comes from the earth, it is very important that we work to keep oil and other fluids from contaminating our trails. Breakage happens. Seals go bad. Its part of the deal... So what can we do?

- Inspect your vehicle regularly and before each trip for leaks, and fix them as soon as you can. As if you were looking for another excuse to get into the garage and out of domestic duties...
- Either purchase a pre-made spill kit, or make your own. This includes durable large-capacity garbage bags, absorbent material, etc
- If you have a fluid spill on the trail, please scoop up any contaminated soil and bag it, disposing of it at an appropriate location (not your pesky neighbor's garden.)
- On rock (think Utah), use absorbent materials to wipe and clean up the spill as best as you can.

The dinosaur unions who protect their exclusive placement of oil in the earth thank you. As do we. Have a great weekend everyone! :D
 

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nothing pisses me off more than to see an old scar where some moron decided to four wheel across a meadow in the Sierras.....it's called being responsible with resources but sucks because we cannot control every person that buys a 4X4....


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Time for a long over-due tip of the week...

Labor Day is coming up here in a couple weeks. I'm sure everyone is excited, and hopefully has some plans to hit the trails!! :D

Labor Day also happens to be one of the busiest weekends on public lands, so with that in mind... We would like to make a couple recommendations, if we may.

-Play it respectful. There will be thousands of people out enjoying the public lands. Please keep that in mind, and slow down around high-traffic areas and areas of low visibility. You never know what could be around that blind corner...

-Play it safe. Use all the proper safety gear, and seat belts on vehicles designed to use them. We want you all to be around to talk trash about how "insane that obstacle was" or how "great that trail is". For the more visual learners... A video from our friends at Stay The Trail in Colorado: StayTheTrail's Channel - YouTube

-Play it sober. Beers are best enjoyed in camp after the tires have stopped turning. A gentle reminder that you can still get a DUI in many areas, even on the trail.

-Play it fun. Get out there and hit the trails. The forum should be VACANT over the weekend...! :D
 

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Had a great trail run over the weekend... took a moment out of the action to allow this tortoise to safely cross the wash. :lol:

Looks like he was outrunning you Mike!


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bring back the 'tip of the week' :rocker:
 

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Good afternoon everyone! Just wanted to toss out a quick hello to let you know what Tread Lightly! has been up to recently, and where we're headed...

Past Events:
Phoenix International Sportsmens Expo - Phoenix, AZ
Salt Lake City International Sportsmens Expo - Salt Lake City, UT
Scouting University - Greenville, NC

Upcoming Events:
Denver St. Patricks Day Parade (Guest appearance by LightFoot, with Stay The Trail) - March 17 in Denver, CO
National OHV Safety and Education Conference - March 26 and 27 in Sacramento, CA
Easter Jeep Safari - April 4 to 8 in Moab, UT
Stewardship Day @ The Capital - April 19 in Denver, CO
Scout-O-Rama - May 5 in Salt Lake City, UT
Overland Expo - May 18 to 20 in Flagstaff, AZ

We are scheduling Tread Trainer and Master Trainer courses coming up, so if your organization, club, business, school, or agency is interested in hosting a course, please visit our Tread Trainer page: Tread Lightly - Tread Trainer

Stewardship Grants application deadline has been extended back to April 1, so if your member club is interested in some money for projects, please visit the page here for details: Tread Lightly - Stewardship Grants

We've also recently added a $60 dollar, three year option for our members, and with over 90% of your donation going directly towards our education, outreach, and stewardship programs your contributions are being put to good use!

Tread Lightly! leads a national effort to protect recreation access by promoting ethics education and stewardship programs nationwide.
Get involved, and Do your part to support responsible enjoyment of America's lands and waterways.

And in case spring comes in like a lion and keeps you off the trail, entertain and educate yourself for an hour or so by taking our online awareness course!

 

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Justin Lilly is now working for Tread Lightly. He is a good ambassador for the off-road community. Say hello to him at the next event and buy him a beer.


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