"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
How To Tread Lightly
Obtain a Travel Map from the local BLM office, or
regulations from other public land agencies. Learn the rules and
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
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
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.