TL! Stewardship Grants… 2012’s First Round

For the last year, Tread Lightly! has been working to support the efforts of individuals and clubs on the ground through our Stewardship Grants Program.  With 21 grants awarded totaling $10,300, this program has helped support the maintenance  and stewardship of thousands of acres of our public lands, and been a step towards ensuring access for responsible uses into the future.

Grants are available to our current partner and member clubs, as well as 3-year individual members.  We award quarterly, with applications due March 1, June 1, August 1, and November 1.  Please visit our Stewardship Grants website for more information:

Tread Lightly! would like to proudly announce the Stewardship Grant recipients for 2012’s first cycle:

Applicant: Guemes Channel Trail


Location: Anacortes, WA

Start Date: Currently Running

Summary: Grant funds to assist volunteers and assessment for an on-going Rails To Trails project near the city of Anacortes, in Northern Washington.

Applicant: San Juan Mountain Association


Location: Durango, CO – Mud Springs (BLM)

Start Date: June 2, 2012

Summary: Volunteer project in the Mud Springs area, including remove a dumped freezer, install signage to make access to the trails more obvious, prune and brush trails and brush in old routes that are no longer in use.

Applicant: Lopez Island Conservation Corps


Location: Lopez, Washington – Patos Island (BLM)

Start Date: June 1, 2012

Summary: Youth crews will concentrate on campsite and shoreline clean-up, opening up trails, and other general maintenance tasks.

Applicant: Fairbanks Off-Road Lions


Location: Fairbanks, Alaska – Fairbanks Creek Trail

Start Date: June 2012

Summary: Grant money will be used to perform maintenance on the trail including pruning back over growth, removal of fallen trees, erosion control, and other tasks.  Some maintenance equipment will be purchased with funds.

Applicant: Kittatas County Field and Stream Club


Location: Ellensberg, Washington – Durr Road

Start Date: April 2012

Summary: Funds will be used to support the annual cleanup on Durr Road, removing trash from recreational shooting and dispersed activities.

Applicant: Maine 4×4


Location: Jay, Maine – Bear Mountain

Start Date: June 9, 2012

Summary: Clean up of the Bear Mountain area, purchase of barrels for future waste collection, and general trail maintenance on this private property that is open for public use.


These grants are made available through a partnership with Quadratec, providing 4×4 products and accessories for over 20 years.  Through the sale of branded floor mats and grab handles, Tread Lightly! receives a portion of proceeds to support this stewardship program.  Click the picture below for more details or to buy your own set!

About treadlightlyoutdoors

Tread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. The organization was launched in 1985 by the US Forest Service and became a nonprofit organization in 1990. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives, are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment. Tread Lightly!’s core focus is on supporting and encouraging stewardship from those engaged in outdoor recreation on America’s lands and waterways. The organization offers unique programs and services to help remedy growing recreation issues. The federal government officially recognizes the organization as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles.
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