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 one 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!
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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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January 25, 2014
My girlfriend and I decided to go shooting on a sunny Saturday afternoon. We had been blessed with some nice weather for Northern Utah in January and decided to go into the mountains to a local shooting area and have some fun. I grabbed all our gear, threw it in the Jeep and we started on our way.
Liz is not from Utah and has only been here a short time. The entire ride she talked about how beautiful it is here and how lucky we are to be able to enjoy such stunning views. I sometimes forget how much the mountains can affect someone and how easily the people that live here take for granted the beauty and fragility of these wild places.
As we neared our destination I showed Liz some of the places my father and I would hike in search of Chuckers or the section of the river that we would fish in the spring. In the middle of our conversation about the awesomeness of the mountains we turned a corner and there it was! The area I had planned to shoot in was a complete disaster. Shell casings littered the ground, shotgun shells stood upside down in the snow and old targets riddled the hillside.
It’s not like I haven’t seen a messy shooting area before, but the contrast of seemingly pristine habitat to local dump was a lot for me to take in. Liz and I spent the next couple hours picking up all sorts of trash from broken glass to shot up sheet metal and a lot of shells. I love to shoot, I love to hunt, I love to have these opportunities on public lands, but I’m afraid that if more people don’t do their part to make sure these areas stay clean we will lost them forever. In the end, we did what we could to leave the area better than we found it and even got to send a few shots down range ourselves.
If you know of areas that are in need of restoration or clean-ups please visit Tread Lightly!’s grant program, called “Clean ups by Quadratec.” Let Tread Lightly! help you make a difference in the places you love to ride, shoot, hunt or fish. The next grant deadline ends March 1st. Please apply and remember Respected Access is Open Access.
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Tagged ammo, cleanup, gun, jeep, northern utah, quadratec, recreational shooting, Respected Access, shooting, shooting range, shooting sports, shotgun, shotgun shells, utah
Last night, Jeep unveiled its “Stay Restless” ad during the Super Bowl, a great motto for anyone who loves to get outdoors!
We want to help. This month, Tread Lightly! is highlighting one of its most popular membership benefits—the Chrysler Affiliate Rewards Program by promoting #LoveYourJeep. Over the years, hundreds of ‘restless’ Tread Lightly! members have taken advantage of this amazing discount to ride on designated routes. If you’re looking to purchase a new Jeep, become a member of Tread Lightly! today!
Tread Lightly! members at the $100+ level are eligible to receive Affiliate Rewards Program Preferred Price (1% below factory invoice) on the purchase or lease of most new Chrysler, Jeep®, Ram, Dodge, SRT and FIAT vehicles.
Visit chrysleraffiliates.com or call 888-444-4321 to obtain your Control Number. You’ll need the Tread Lightly! Company Code, which is included in the Tread Lightly! membership letter you will receive via USPS upon first becoming a member. Take your Control Number, along with your enclosed welcome letter to any U.S. Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge dealership.
For more information, or to become a member, check out our website!
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Tagged Chrysler, designated routes, discount, jeep, jeeping, love your jeep, off road, ohv, outdoors, stay restless, Super Bowl, trails
The Tread Lightly! educational department is proud to offer the updated TL! Kids website in 2014.
Thanks to the generosity of the United States Forest Service we are able to provide engaging games and activities designed to educate youth about taking an active role of stewardship for the places they enjoy in nature.
Join our friend Lightfoot and his buddies to learn more about the TREAD program principles and how to enjoy the out of doors safely and responsibly for many generations to come.
For more information please visit the new website at www.tlkids.org and share with your friends and family before your next adventure to the great outdoors.
All the best,
Tread Lightly! Education and Stewardship Department
Have you ever seen snow in the desert? It is different than the snow in the mountains or in the city. It makes a desolate land peaceful. The white glimmering crystals mixed with the rough red rock create a terrain of perfection.
I encourage everyone to go down to Southern Utah and view this spectacle for yourselves. A small hike or even just a drive through these memorable landscapes will remind you how awesome this environment can be and how it needs to be preserved.
If you do decide to take a hike, remember to stay on the designated trails. Even if we can’t see it, there are still sensitive areas under the snow. These areas could be crushed or destroyed by a stray boot.
To learn more about taking care of our environment and traveling safely, you can view Tread Lightly!’s five principles. So get out there and enjoy the snow! And remember to always Tread Lightly!