Protect Recreation Access and Opportunities by Modeling Responsible Behaviors

Dear Tread Lightly! Members, Friends and Partners,

With all the news and social media activity surrounding tomorrow’s planned ATV protest ride in Utah’s Recapture Canyon, we wanted to remind you that this type of illegal activity is not in keeping with Tread Lightly!’s core principles. Modeling respectful and responsible behaviors is  one of the best ways to protect our access to public lands. Importantly, you should only RIDE ON routes designated as open to your mode of transporation and at this time Recapture Canyon is not one of those routes. Saturday’s planned events do not fall into the category of responsible behavior and could do more to limit access in the future than to open up more routes for responsible riders. The news surrounding this event is also detrimental to the OHV community’s image and not what we need after all the headway OHV groups have made to maintain existing motorized routes. So, please, revist Tread Lightly!’s principles below, and share them with your friends and colleagues. You can also visit Tread Lightly!’s website to find a wide variety of brochures providing practical tips on how to recreate responsibly whether on land or water.

Have a fun, safe weekend out there and please tread lightly, ride only on designated routes and  remember, respected access is open access.


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Lori McCullough


Tread Principles:

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

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, lake shores, 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, minmizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.

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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