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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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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One Response to Tread Lightly! takes on Poison Spider Trail

  1. Crowdog says:

    Thanks for organizing this work! Love Moab and want my grand kids to be able to ride there someday.

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