Tread Lightly! takes on Poison Spider Trail

Moab, Utah is a small town in a nest of red rock. The main street hosts a slew of small restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops. It seems you can point in any direction and find some kind of hiking, mountain biking or four wheeling trail to enjoy.Image

If you’re a Jeep enthusiast, you already know all about the town. This was my very first trip to Moab. As a native Utahn, this seems to be somewhat of a controversial point. Lucky for me, I was able to join the rest of the Tread Lightly! team and see what Moab is about during the Easter Jeep Safari.

The main event for Tread Lightly! during EJS was our Restoration for Recreation project on the Poison Spider Mesa Trail. Thanks to the direction of the Moab Bureau of Land Management, and funding/volunteers from Discount Tire and Quadratec, this event was a huge success.

The day started in the parking lot of the Village Market (big shout out to Cathy in the Deli department for making our lunches for the day). As people arrived, we reviewed the trail, hopped in a rig and headed to the trail head. There, we loaded up the vehicles and then hit the trail.

ImageThe Discount Tire RESQ1 lead the pack through the trail. Along the way we hit a variety of obstacles and each Jeep took it’s turn. It was a great day of fun that was peppered with some hard work from our dedicated team.

Little Arch was our first destination. The team dispersed, grabbed a tool and got to work. During the day we built three fences to help keep vehicles on the trail for safety and to protect designated wilderness areas.

After a long day of drilling, welding and setting posts, the teams headed back to the trail head. This definitely beats a day at the office.

 

For more photos of the event, check out our Facebook page!

 

–Jerrica

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A Pack To Remember.

ImageI don’t know about you, but I am excited for spring! It’s time to finally get outside and enjoy our favorite activities! Life just begins again in the springtime. People are happier, more motivated and looking for activities to promote responsible recreation and preservation of our favorite recreation areas.

I would like to give a shout out to one group who is dedicated to enjoying the outdoors with their dogs. Happy Feet Adventure Dogs is a group of humans and their dogs looking to get the best out of the world around us. They are one pack out of a national organization called, Adventure Dogs USA. They work to promote doggie socializing while learning. The pack participates in Hiking, Walks, Fun Obstacles, Trick Training, Parades, Water Sports: Kayak, Paddleboard, Swimming, Doggie Water Rescue. Along with supporting healthy lives for their dogs, the group actively supports Rescue & Shelters at Community Events and support Parks. Happy Feet Adventure Dogs even participates in public land cleanup days, including; river, beach, trail & Waterways cleanups.

Last month, their Pack went around Lake Havasu City and placed several of Tread Lightly!’s educational posters in local libraries, bike shops, and trail heads. Members of their pack are very active in supporting Trails of all kinds and have worked with Lake Havasu City, BLM, State Parks and many Community Events and Activities on Public Trails and Pathways.

They were very creative when they thought to go to local bike shops. Not only are the owners of the bike shops active trail users but each are very active promoters of protecting and building trails. Each have donated countless hours of hard work on public lands and trails and continue to do so; as do their families and employees.

This pack has been instrumental in working with multi-users on Trails and Pathways and working to coordinate with getting donation money for Trail Markings and Signage. Their group does not fundraise. Instead, they volunteer their time and energy to working and partnering with city, BLM, state and community non-profit groups on concentrating their efforts.

The staff of Tread Lightly! would like to give a special thanks to Sue Wolfe & “Joey”, Tina Upton “Fifi” & “Hogan”, Lucy Vinsik, “Molly” & “Chico”. Judy, Bob & “Bean” Zarda, Vicki Warner, “Black Bart”, “Josephine”, Rose Kopecky & “Chloe”, MJ, Ali & “Healer”, Sandy Walters & “Dakota”, Maria, Nurya & “Onyx” Lourdes, Vanessa Irving & “Jax”. You sound like an awesome pack of very unique individuals and we love that you can have fun while dedicating yourselves to local trails and recreation areas. We hope that our posters are beneficial in keeping your local trails clean and enjoyable for everyone!

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Destination: Moab

Moab, Utah just might be one of my favorite places. Red rock formations. Canyon mazes. Natural arches. The postcard-perfect desert is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

The Easter Jeep Safari – America’s largest and best-known event promoting recreational four wheeling – has been taking place in Moab since 1967. This year Tread Lightly! will kick off Easter Jeep Safari by hosting a Tread Trainer course on April 14th and sponsoring a trail restoration project on April 16th. If you’d like to join us for either please contact Jason@TreadLightly.org.

And if you’re able to make it to Moab this year, check out some of our favorite trails:

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Gemini Bridges–Difficulty Level: Novice

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Chicken Corners–Difficulty Level: Hard

Moab Rim–Difficulty Level: Very Difficult

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Poison Spider Mesa–Difficulty Level: Difficult

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Dawn of the Tread

Tread Principles During a Zombie Uprising

Spring is finally in the air! This is the time of year to get a fresh start. So with that in mind, I’m going to do something a bit different than my normal hunting or fishing blog. Instead I Zombie PSAwould like to share with you the Tread Principals as it would pertain to a zombie uprising.

Travel Responsibly on designated roads, trails and areas.

  • Only travel in designated safe zones during the zombie uprising.
  • Walk in single file to avoid drawing attention to yourself during the zombie outbreak.
  • Never mix alcohol or drugs with zombie slaying.

Respect The Rights of others

  • Be considerate of other humans you may encounter while scavenging for food and supplies.
  • Leave gates as you found them. Zombies lack skills to perform complex tasks. Keeping a gate closed may save your life and the life of your friends.
  • Never shoot a zombie unless you have clearly identified the zombie, and you know what lies between you, the zombie and beyond.

Educate Yourself

  • Know your limitations. Watch your time and your energy while fighting a zombie uprising. Never take on more zombies than you can handle.
  • Make a realistic plan and stick to it. Always tell someone in your group your travel plans when traveling to unsecured locations.
  • Prepare for the unexpected by packing a backpack full of emergency items. Such as, weapons, food, water, and medical supplies.

Avoid Sensitive Areas

  • Avoid areas that are infested with the living dead.
  • Do not disturb resting zombies.
  • Minimize the use of motorized and mechanized vehicles while in zombie infested areas. Loud noises can draw zombies to your location.

Do Your Part

  • Build a safe community. Get to know other survivors that can share in your fight against the living dead.
  • Before and after a zombie fight, wash your gear, weapons and support vehicles to avoid the spread of the zombie plague.

Report any signs of zombies to your local zombie combat force.

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Tread Lightly! takes on Tierra Del Sol

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This weekend, Evan and I joined thousands of off-road enthusiasts in the windy desert of Anzo-Borrego State Park in California. Every year, the Tierra Del Sol Club sees more and more supporters at their Desert Safari and Tread Lightly! was lucky enough to be part of it this year.

Despite the oncoming rainclouds, we set up our booth and met with hundreds of these enthusiasts—all hardworking people who want to have a good time and help us keep trails open. It’s great to see supporters—some who have been part of Tread Lightly! since its inception in late eighties.

We met a woman named Andie, who told us about how she decked out her Jeep in the 90s with our old logo and wanted to grab a new Imageone for her current vehicle.  We talked to Karen, a Tierra Del Sol volunteer who talked of her passion for teaching preschool-age children and grabbed some coloring books to share. We neighbored the Trasharoo booth, where the representative, Dave, told us about how we’re one of their favorite causes to support. This was definitely a crowd that knows their Tread Lightly!.

I’d like to say thanks to the Tierra Del Sol for letting us reach more of the public in the 4-wheel drive community at their event.  Sometimes all it takes is one recreation tip to remind someone that Respected Access is Open Access!

-Jerrica

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Western Hunting and Conservation Expo

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Earlier this month the Tread Lightly! education and stewardship department were promoting responsible recreation at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo at the Salt Palace convention center downtown.

Tread Lightly! staff was a part of the Mule Deer Foundation’s youth education program on the opening day of the show, and outreach staff had the opportunity to interact with hundreds of youth to promote outdoor ethics education through the Respected Access Is Open Access campaign.  The Ride On Utah campaign was also well represented by Agency staff from the Utah Department on Natural Resources staff who worked alongside our staff at Tread Lightly! to educate the event attendees about the statewide Ride On Utah campaign promoting responsible motorized recreation across the state’s lands and waterways.

The team at Tread Lightly! looks forward to seeing you down the trail in Moab for the 2014 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab the week of April 14th – 18th!

 

All the best,

The Tread Lightly! Education and Stewardship team

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