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"We did not inherit the earth from our parents, we are borrowing it from our children."

This ancient Native American proverb captures the philosophy of the Tread Lightly organization. The goal of Tread Lightly is to balance the needs of people who enjoy outdoor
recreation with the needs of the environment.

We can achieve this goal by raising outdoor enthusiasts level of consciousness.

How To Tread Lightly

  • Obtain a Travel Map from the local BLM office, or regulations from other public land agencies.  Learn the rules and follow them.
  • Avoid running over young trees, shrubs, and grasses-damaging or killing them.
  • Stay off soft, wet roads and trails readily torn up by vehicles (particularly during hunting seasons).  Repairing the damage is expensive.
  • Travel around meadows, steep hillsides, or stream banks and lakeshores easily scarred by churning wheels.
  • Resist the urge to pioneer a new road or trail, or to cut across a switchback.
  • Stay away from wild animals that are rearing young-or suffering from food shortage.  Stress can sap scarce energy reserves.
  • Obey gate closures and regulatory signs.  Vandalism costs tax dollars.
  • Wilderness closed to all mechanized use including but not limited to motorized vehicles, bicycles, skateboards, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and helicopters.
  • Become familiar with wilderness boundaries before planning your trip.

Get permission to travel across private land.  Respect landowner rights.

Future opportunities for exciting travel with your recreation vehicle are in your hands,

Tread Lightly is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the great outdoors by balancing the needs of people who enjoy outdoor recreation with the needs of the environment. In an age where outdoor recreation is the sport of choice, it is our responsibility to exercise responsible outdoor practices.

Tread Lightly’s mission is to increase awareness of ways to enjoy the great outdoors while minimizing impacts.

Through educational materials, editorial coverage, and manufacturer-generated advertising and promotions, Tread Lightly urges outdoor recreationists to be responsible toward the environment and to help preserve opportunities for the future.

Tread Lightly!  Now and for the Future

The major points of the Tread Lightly education program can be easily found at

Public Land User Guidelines

The following guidelines for using public lands will help you enjoy your off-highway experience and return safely without damaging the natural surroundings.
  • Camping is restricted to 14 days within a 28 day period.
  • Park your vehicle off the road.
  • Never stop in tall grass; a hot exhaust pipe can ignite fires.
  • Respect the property and privacy of others.
  • Signs and trailmarkers will help you find your way. Please protect them.
  • Keep campfires small and always under control. Make sure they are dead out when you leave.
  • Do not disturb Indian artifacts, pictographs, petroglyphs, ruins, or other evidence of early cultures.
  • Rock hounding is allowed on BLM lands. Contact a local BLM Office for restrictions on areas with mining claims.
  • Observe all laws, including firearms and property laws.
  • Keep pets under control at all times.
  • Please pack out what you pack in.
  • Many visitors come in search of quiet and serenity afforded by the open space. Leave sufficient space between camps for privacy.
  • To minimize damage to natural areas camp in a campground if one is available,
  • Camp well away from lake shores, streams, and trails.
  • Avoid leaving human waste near any water-course.
  • Do not cut green limbs or branches. Protect live vegetation.
  • OHV users should yield the right-of-way to hikers and horseback riders for safety and common courtesy


  • Snowmobiles should be operated according to state and local laws and regulations. Cross-country skiers should exercise caution in the field.
  • If you encounter animals, stop and allow them to move off the trail. In cold weather, unnecessary disturbance of wildlife can be harmful or fatal.

Click on the following links for more information on how to use public lands.

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by Garry Webb CCFO

Cedar City Field Office  Cedar City, UT 84720
phone (435) 586-2401   fax (435) 865-3058
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