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Old May 18th, 2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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Treading Lightly is one of the best practices that we as public land users can do to make sure that we can not only continue to use our public lands in a variety of recreational manners, but also make sure that the natural resources and experiences remain intact for future generations. Its not about restriction, but rather about responsibility for our public lands and to ourselves, our friends and families, other visitors, and future generations.

So what does it mean to "Tread Lightly"? Well, we've developed our 5 Principles to break it down to basics:

Tread Lightly! Principles

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

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, lakeshores, 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, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.


We gain a lot by Treading Lightly as a community. Please help us by promoting the Tread Lightly! ethics whenever you can. :D

For more information: www.treadlightly.org

Also, you can follow us with social media!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TLoutdoorethics
Twitter: twitter.com/#!/tread_lightly
Myspace: www.myspace.com/treadlightlypage



Thanks for the support!! And please, feel free to ask here if you have any questions or desire for clarification, at all.

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Old May 18th, 2011, 08:24 PM   #2
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Any plans for a course in this area?
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Thanks fro the info


btw you are now over your limit of one post per year.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 09:08 PM   #4
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Any plans for a course in this area?

Silly question: what is taught in a TreadLightly course that isn't self-evident or easily divined from the five cardinal principles?
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Old May 19th, 2011, 02:50 AM   #5
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Any plans for a course in this area?
As I get word on courses coming up, I will post up for you guys. We definitely appreciate the interest!

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btw you are now over your limit of one post per year.
Is that so? Haha. There will be more info to come, as well. We will be having more rounds of our stewardship grants (this round closed today) as well as a multitude of other opportunities for everyone.

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Silly question: what is taught in a TreadLightly course that isn't self-evident or easily divined from the five cardinal principles?
Depends on the course. We (or volunteers) can provide courses ranging from simple awareness courses (1-hr or so) up to Master Trainer courses (2 days), so it depends on what the needs are of both the local OHV/ORV/4x4 communities and us as an organization.

If you're looking for a little bit more, or want to quiz yourself as to how well you "divined" the five principles... http://treadlightly.org/page.php/edu...areness-Course

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I try to avoid public lands.
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Silly question: what is taught in a TreadLightly course that isn't self-evident or easily divined from the five cardinal principles?
And yet we still have illegal wheeling, trashed trails, etc. Sorry, but I firmly believe you can always learn something new.

Master Trainer courses is what I am interested in. Thanks.
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Master trainer courses are hard to come by - the Tread Lightly training only comes around when they have enough interest and some financial support. About a dozen of us attended the Tread Lightly Tread Trainer course about 4 years back in Traverse City, including five 4x4 users. Tim Tull offered his conference room for the training. Unfortunately as a Tread Trainer I cannot train other trainers, my usefulness is in offering programs locally - we did a program with the local Cub Scouts a couple of years ago, and I have been working off and on with Genesee County Parks to try and get something worked into their summer education program, but so far no go.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 12:57 PM   #9
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I try to avoid public lands.
The principles apply to private lands as well. Granted, a private land owner may have much different expectations and rules concerning the use of their lands, but there are still some things to keep in mind... Mainly pertaining to making sure you have permission to be there. The Arkansas Childrens Hospital put out a video a couple years ago that covers some issues of private land access, in addition to the main theme of ATV safety. I recommend that people watch it (its 20min), and then share it with their kids.
http://www.aetn.org/programs/atvsafety

The beauty of public lands is that it affords a much larger variety of recreational experiences on lands we all share, but I know that that access is somewhat more limited in the East and Midwest versus the Western states.

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Master trainer courses are hard to come by - the Tread Lightly training only comes around when they have enough interest and some financial support. About a dozen of us attended the Tread Lightly Tread Trainer course about 4 years back in Traverse City, including five 4x4 users. Tim Tull offered his conference room for the training. Unfortunately as a Tread Trainer I cannot train other trainers, my usefulness is in offering programs locally - we did a program with the local Cub Scouts a couple of years ago, and I have been working off and on with Genesee County Parks to try and get something worked into their summer education program, but so far no go.
Correct. We also held a Master Trainer course in Colorado last year, and are working to get some more Master Trainer courses scheduled. We also usually run a Tread Trainer program in cooperation with the NOHVCC annual conference (www.nohvcc.org). I will get more information up concerning those opportunities as they come about.

Thank you for your effort with the Scouts and local government agencies. Its sometimes surprising where cooperative agreements to get outdoor ethics and youth education can lead.
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i am kind of over weight so is it ok to treadheavy sometimes?

I remember seeing you all at the Hump n Bump and i was skinny back then...
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 04:48 PM   #11
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i am kind of over weight so is it ok to treadheavy sometimes?


You could always run a bigger tire, spreading out the footprint on the ground at a lower PSI, right?


http://www.arctictrucks.com/pages/4700
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Tip of the week:

With many areas in western states still receiving snow (the year of the endless winter?) and high snowpack levels throughout, it is important to take a few things into consideration before heading out.

1) Check with local land managers to see if seasonal opening dates on gated trails have been extended.
2) Minimize use of extremely wet trails to avoid the creation of ruts.
3) Go through patches of snow, not around. Chains were not invented so that we could drive around snow-bashing opportunities
4) Be prepared in case the weather changes on you. Think extra clothing, water, food, and gear to spend the night if things get real bad.

Most of all... have fun and be safe out there!

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And yet we still have illegal wheeling, trashed trails, etc. Sorry, but I firmly believe you can always learn something new.

As for the illegal wheeling and trashed trails, I don't think that TL or any other educational effort is likely to have any influence on the sort of low-class trash that is out doing that. It's a cultural thing and a stupidity thing, and people so afflicted tend not to respond well to remediation efforts by their betters.

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As for the illegal wheeling and trashed trails, I don't think that TL or any other educational effort is likely to have any influence on the sort of low-class trash that is out doing that. It's a cultural thing and a stupidity thing, and people so afflicted tend not to respond well to remediation efforts by their betters.
The best thing we can do as a community to combat that is to set the example and encourage those users who may not be in tune with the expectations that exist to join a club, or attend a work party, etc.

When push comes to shove, there will always be a few people who are motivated to "tread lightly" only by the threat of an actual violation or ticket, but we'd like to continue driving the idea and practice of responsible use in an effort to avoid that type of motivation. Education before enforcement...
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Tip of the week:

Now that summer has officially begun (by our definition, not the calendar's)... lets talk sharing and courteous use.

1) Be aware that with very few exceptions, almost all motorized areas are open to the vast majority of other uses. This could mean hikers, equestrians, and of course other riders/drivers in the area. Slow down in tighter areas and where visibility is reduced.
2) Motorized users yield to everyone, everyone yields to equestrians. Stop and say hello to other users if given the opportunity.
3) Use caution around equestrians. While many trail horses are getting more accustomed to vehicular travel, they can still be easily spooked. Stop well ahead of them, and turn off your engine unless waived by. On quads and dirt bikes, stop on the downhill side of the trail, as a horse's instinct with uphill movement is to anticipate a predator.
4) In general, yield to uphill traffic. This is not a rule, it's a guideline. Use common sense please, and most of all be patient. We've all been in situations where its in the best interest of all parties to yield to downhill traffic.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 04:36 PM   #16
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A nice video to distract you from your day, and get everyone in the mindset to wheel this weekend...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5Z9...layer_embedded

Produced through Tread Lightly and the Toyota Trail Teams. :D
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Happy Monday everyone! (Yes, I know... its a crime to be excited for a Monday, but still.)

Today's Tip of the Week takes on a different form... More of a discussion of the week.

Under the "Do Your Part" principle, we encourage all OHV enthusiasts to be ambassadors to not only the general public, but also within our community. This includes holding our peers accountable and promoting the Tread Lightly! ethic to those who may be unaware or uninterested... So here's the question:

Have you ever approached someone on the trail who was where they shouldn't have been, or doing something that could be considered irresponsible recreation? How did you handle that situation? What was the outcome?
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Old June 11th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #18
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Hope everyone is enjoying the start to the weekend!

Tip of the week:

Again, as part of both the "Educate Yourself" and "Do Your Part" principles, this week I am encouraging everyone to take a small amount of time out of your evening and complete our Online Awareness Course.

This online activity covers the basics of the Tread Lightly! principles and is a wonderful way to quiz your knowledge of what responsible recreation means to us as a community.

Enjoy: http://treadlightly.org/page.php/edu...areness-Course

Also, everyone who completes the course is entered into a drawing for a free hat, courtesy of Cabelas.
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Good afternoon everyone!!

Tip of the week:

With the 4th of July holiday weekend rapidly approaching, we hope that you and your friends and families are making plans to head outdoors to enjoy some responsible fun and celebration. Since we figure (and hope) that many of you will be camping, we wanted to toss out a few reminders about campsite ethics.

- Look for previously-used campsites, and camp on durable surfaces.
- Campsites should be at least 200ft from water sources, other campsites, and trails. Pay attention to local regulations (MVUMs, etc) concerning how far your vehicle can be off the trail for camping.
- Keep a clean camp. Place food and other products with odors in animal-proof containers or back in vehicles.
- Follow the pack it in, pack it out guidelines. Police your camp before you leave to leave it in better condition than you found it.
- Campfires are not for waste disposal. Please do not leave trash in campfire rings, especially glass.

All that said, lets all cross our fingers for beautiful weather and get back to planning that perfect trip!

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Good evening friends!

Decided to step it into a new direction this week. Instead of a tip of the week, we'd like to know the answer to a simple (potentially) question.

Why do you wheel? Lets hear it. Where did you start? Who hooked you? Etc, etc.
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