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Tread Lightly’s! Board of Directors Announces

Management Reorganization

Casey Snider Appointed Interim Executive Director

CENTERVILLE, Utah (February 1, 2017)—Tread Lightly!, the premier non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging stewardship of America’s lands and waterways, announced a leadership reorganization under which the Board of Directors has appointed Casey Snider as interim Executive Director, effective immediately. Snider will replace former Chief Executive Officer, Lori McCullough. The announcement was made today by Joel Pedersen, Secretary of the Tread Lightly! Board of Directors.

“Tread Lightly! will continue working toward delivering on our mission to balance the needs of people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment, while continuing to grow the organization,” said Pedersen. “We have great confidence in Casey’s abilities in serving as interim Executive Director during this transition.”

Pedersen continued, “On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Lori for her service to Tread Lightly! and we wish her continued success in her new pursuits.”

About Tread Lightly!: Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its unique training and restoration initiatives are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. Tread Lightly!’s award-winning materials, programs and services are solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing recreation issues. Visit www.treadlightly.org for more information.

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Jerrica Archibald | Tread Lightly! | 801.627.0077 | jerrica@treadlightly.org

SALT LAKE CITY, August 16, 2016 – To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Tread Lightly! awarded funding to complete 25 Restoration for Recreation projects throughout the United States. These projects were completed thanks to more than 1,400 volunteers that lent a helping hand and funding from Yamaha’s Outdoor Access Initiative, Federal Premium Ammunition, Bushnell and the Dallas Safari Club.

The initiative, nicknamed 25for-25, supported 25 projects in a total of 18 states.  Each project was spearheaded by Tread Lightly!’s agency partners or 25for25Report-ForSocialMediamembers, including enthusiast clubs, Boy Scout troops, and individuals.

Projects focused on strategies to keep recreational areas healthy, open and accessible.  The projects themselves ranged from educational signage, trail system expansion, trail resurfacing, volunteer cleanups, trail markers, fencing, campground improvements, and blind construction, target shooting supplies, recycling collection, an educational film, erosion mitigation and trail repair.

“A big part of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative’s mission is to provide practical support for efforts that protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group marketing manager. “Tread Lightly!’s 25-for-25 program is a great example of putting that mission into action by supporting off-road and outdoor enthusiasts with hands-on projects across the country.”

The completion of these projects took nearly 12,000 volunteer hours, valued at over $270,000. Tread Lightly! estimates that 58 tons of trash were removed from public lands, nearly 3,000 miles of trails were enhanced and restored and over 66,000 acres of land were enhanced thanks to the hard work of the awardees.

“Federal Premium Ammunition and Bushnell are proud partners of Tread Lightly! and we are pleased to see the improvements these projects have made on our public lands,” said Ryan Bronson, Director of Conservation for Vista Outdoor, the parent company of Bushnell and Federal Premium. customers’ continued access to these lands for a wide variety of outdoor activities.”

The 25for-25 program is part of Tread Lightly!’s Restoration for Recreation initiative, which is designed to raise money from the private sector to protect and maintain recreation opportunities by restoring damaged areas and degraded trails into enjoyable recreation resources.

“We are thrilled with the outcome of this program,” said Tread Lightly!’s Director, Lori McCullough.  “Thanks to our generous partners and the volunteers and organizers, we’ve made a real difference in the quality of recreation in this country and significantly impacted public lands in a positive way.”

For descriptions of each project, go to treadlightly.org/projects.

 

Funding Recipients Location of Project
Western Mass Council, Boy Scouts of America Horace A. Moses Scout Reservation (HAMSR), MA
Southern Four Wheel Drive Association Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway, KY
Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Lost Pines Scout Reservation, TX
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Peavine Mountain, NV
USDA Forest Service Ashton/Island Park and Dubois Ranger Districts, ID
Red Rock Motorsports Club, Inc. AKA RRMS Superman Canyon Pit Cleanup, NM
Missouri Dirt Riders St. Joe State Park, MO
Havasu 4 Wheelers Paseo de Oro and Bison Drive, AZ
New Mexico 4-Wheelers Manzanita Mountains Trail System, NM
USDA Forest Service/ Delta National Forest Delta National Forest, MS
National Park Service Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT
Washington Trail Riders Association Yacolt Burn, WA
Bureau of Land Management Ramhorn Campground, CA
USDA Forest Service Stanislaus National Forest, Calaveras Ranger District, CA
Stagecoach State Park – Colorado Parks and Wildlife Stagecoach State Park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, CO
USDA Forest Service Spawn Creek Trailhead, UT
Whispering Pines Hideaway Off-Roading Adventure Whispering Pines Hideaway, NV
Dirt Minions 4×4 Ladee Flats OHV Area, OR
Uwharrie National Forest Uwharrie National Forest, NC
Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance National education project, created in MT
USDA Forest Service Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi District, Ely, MN
Bureau of Land Management Applegate Valley Recreation Sites, OR
USFS Volunteer Uwharrie National Forest , NC
Mile Hi Jeep Club Red Cone Pass and Webster Pass, CO
Copper State 4 Wheelers, Tonto Recreation Alliance Tonto National Forest, AZ

About Tread Lightly!

Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its unique training and restoration initiatives are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them.  The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment.  Tread Lightly!’s award-winning materials, programs and services are solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing recreation issues. Individuals and businesses can commit to Tread Lightly! and protect outdoor access by becoming a member at www.treadlightly.org.
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Completed on Saturday, June 11th
20 volunteers
4 TONS of trash cleaned up!

A public cleanup day at the popular Dosie Pit public shooting area.  The area is located about 10 miles from downtown Prescott on Iron Springs Road. The Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association, the official NRA State Association, hosted an information tent along with the Prescott Forest Service with instructions and materials.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department personnel were on hand along with AZ Game and Fish representatives to answer questions about the ongoing problems of illegal dumping on public lands.

 

MOAB (March 23, 2016)–In an effort to proactively protect access for the four-wheel drive community, Tread Lightly! along with Discount Tire, Quadratec and Falken Tire partnered with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab Field Office to conduct a Restoration for Recreation™ project on the world class Hell’s Revenge trail.  This project was also supported by the Red Rock 4 Wheeler’s, Moab Friends For Wheelin’ and Ride with IMG_0563Respect, the most prominent clubs in the Moab area.

A team of 25 volunteers completed the project on Tuesday, March 22, during Jeep Safari 2016. This year marked the 3rd consecutive year a Restoration for Recreation project has been performed during this extremely popular event. The project involved the reconstruction of fencing along the escalator obstacle on Hell’s Revenge trail, an 8-mile loop with views of the La Sal Mountain range and Colorado River.

“Discount Tire has been a proud supporter all three Moab Restoration for Recreation projects,” said Mark MacGuinness, Vice President of Discount Tire Direct. “It’s great knowing our work here could help keep these amazing trails healthy and open for years to come.”

Throughout the event Tread Lightly! staff highlighted the RIDE ON Designated Routes message which the organization created to help the public understand appropriate and legal use of motorized vehicles and this new management policy agencies across the nation are putting in place.  It’s important to recognize that almost all outdoor enthusiasts need motorized vehicle access to enjoy their outdoor pursuits, even if only to access a special destination and enjoy non-motorized activities like hunting, fishing or camping. To resonate with Utah’s residents and public land visitors that recreate in Utah’s world-renowned recreational opportunities, the message adapted as RIDE ON Designated Routes in Utah and its campaign materials were customized to have both a Southern and Northern Utah look.

“Through education, outreach and Restoration for Recreation, Tread Lightly! and our partners in the four-wheeling community are helping keep the great outdoors healthy, accessible and open to the public” said Lori McCullough, Tread Lightly!’s Executive Director.  “We’re fortunate to have partners supporting our increased efforts and hope we made the 2016 Jeep Safari an event remembered for industry leaders investing in the sport of four-wheeling and conservation of Utah’s natural resources.”

 

About Tread Lightly!

Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its unique training and restoration initiatives are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them.  The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment.  Tread Lightly!’s award-winning materials, programs and services are solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing recreation issues. Individuals and businesses can commit to Tread Lightly! and protect outdoor access by becoming a member at www.treadlightly.org.

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We Need Your Help!

Join us for a stewardship event to clean up White Tanks Mountains! Help keep target shooting and OHV areas open for continued use.

Every Volunteer Counts!
Please bring water, work gloves, hat, sunscreen, trash pinchers, buckets and wear long pants and sturdy shoes.  4WD and OHV vehicles are useful.
When: Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Time: 8:00am2:00 pm
Where: White Tanks Mountains (Miller Road) Click here for map
RSVP: Sign up online

Directions: The White Tanks Project Site is located off of I-10 and Miller Road. Off I-10 take exit 114 to Miller Road, turn right on Miller Road, left on Tonopah Salome Hwy, keep left at the fork passed the trail service yard and follow posted signs to project site. Volunteers will also be on site providing more information and directions.

Parking:  Park in rows as directed by signs and volunteers when signing parking along a road, park only on one side of the road to prevent blocking traffic. Drive cautiously wherever you go on this day. Safety first!

Additional Information:The area is very popular with recreational target shooters, off-highway vehicle riders, equestrians, mountain bikers, hikers, and others because of its close proximity to the Phoenix area. Unfortunately, this area is also prone to illegal dumping, littering, and debris that needs to be cleaned up.  As public agency budgets fade, volunteerism becomes even more important.

Questions? Email Evan@treadlightly.org

Hells Revenge Restoration for Recreation Project and Trail Ride

Project date – Tuesday, March 22, 2015

Where to meet – Village Market parking lot on Dogwood Ave downtown Moab (across the street from BLM regional office)

When –9:00 am -9:30 am Meet at Village Market, sign in volunteers
10:30 am -1:30 pm Work on Hells Revenge Project
1:30 am -2:00 am Lunch
2 pm on – Ride on Hells Revenge

What to bring – Your trail capable vehicle, comfortable work boots, work gloves, hat, sunscreen.

A sack lunch and water for all volunteers will be provided

Vehicle Requirements – Trail ready vehicles will suffice for the ride, experienced drivers welcomed but not required

Project – Repair and replace approximately 300 feet of existing buck and rails fence at the entrance to the world class Escalator obstacle on the famous Hell’s Revenge Off-road trail. Reconstruction of this fence will help to ensure the future riding opportunities to this iconic trail.

Have Questions? – Contact Evan Robins, Tread Lightly! Project Lead at evan@treadlightly.org or 801-627-0077 ext. 15

 

This project funded the clean up of Table Mesa Recreation Area.  This area is very popular with recreational target shooters, off-highway vehicle riders, equestrians, mountain bikers, hikers, and others because of its close proximity to the metropolitan Phoenix area. Unfortunately, this area is also prone to illegal dumping, littering, and debris that needs to be cleaned up. As public agency budgets fade, volunteerism becomes even more important.

When: Sunday, March 13 th, 2016 Time: 8:00am – 12:00 pm

Directions: The Table Mesa Recreation Area is located off I-17 and Table Mesa Road. Head west on Table Mesa Road, then north on the frontage road. Follow signs posted at the end of the pavement.

Location Map: Table Mesa Map
TableMesa

STATUS: COMPLETED

EVENT DATE: April 23, 2016

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM:  Ongoing SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

Description from New Mexico 4-Wheelers:

The Manzanita Mountains Trail System on the Sandia Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest is a key location for public recreation in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area.  The trail system benefitted greatly from a large Recreational Trails Program grant procured by the New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (NMOHVA).  The New Mexico 4 Wheelers (NM4W) is a member club of NMOHVA and a key player in the project.  NM4W provided the bulk of the necessary volunteer hours for the “matching funds” required by the RTP grant program.

Given the close proximity of the trail system to New Mexico’s largest metropolitan area, the Manzanita Mountains Trail System sees heavy use from a very diverse set of visitors.  Unfortunately, with this heavy use, some “bad apples” have been leaving their mark.

NM4W is committed to assisting land manager’s efforts to provide a recognizable presence on the lands we enjoy while providing a positive and informative role model for fellow OHV users.

Our requested project has two elements:  A one-time cleanup event and the kick-off of a long-term presence with full-size 4WD participation in the Sandia Ranger district’s OHV Trail Ambassador volunteer program.

Clean Up Event  

Both NM4W and the Cibola National Forest have noticed trash and graffiti issues in some areas of the trail system.  NM4W wishes to host a cleanup event after the winter snowmelt to address these issues.  The graffiti removal will require some special equipment and materials.  In addition to its club members, NM4W will solicit additional volunteers from the larger motorized recreation community.

NM4W will procure the following items:

• Rental of a self-contained hot water pressure washer

• Elephant Snot Graffiti Remover and application brushes

• Clean-up support materials:  Trash bags, gloves, lunch, and water for the volunteers

OHV Trail Ambassador Program  

NM4W has committed to assist the Sandia Ranger District in expanding the OHV Trail Ambassador program to include full-size volunteer vehicles.  The club typically has group outings four or five times a year in this area.  The club could easily combine this ongoing presence with volunteer patrols.

The OHV Trail Ambassador program already has motorcycle and ATV volunteers, but there is a need for volunteers to serve and assist the Sandia Ranger District in monitoring areas, roads, trails and facilities used by 4WD, and actively participate in site improvements (e.g., fence repair, site cleanups) and user outreach (e.g., greeting/educating users at staging areas).

4WD use is rapidly growing in the area making the need for a 4WD patrol presence important.  Training is provided to OHV Ambassadors by the Forest Service.  Volunteers are expected to provide their own vehicles and safety gear and must have a good working knowledge of the terrain they are monitoring. In order to have these volunteers recognized as a reliable information source for the public when in the area, the Forest Service wishes to provide shirts, hats, and vehicle magnets.

NM4W will secure the following items to support the OHV Trail Ambassador program:

• Six pairs of multicolor vehicle magnets

• 20 shirts

• 20 Hats

Photo via US Forest Service

Tread Lightly! has awarded a “25 for 25” grant to partially fund this project.  Funding was made possible by our generous partners: Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, Federal Premium Ammunition, Bushnell and Dallas Safari Club.  

More information on Earth Day cleanup event

Email grant awardee for more information or to volunteer

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Restoration for Recreation Tread LightlySALT LAKE CITY, February 2, 2016 – In one of the most ambitious Restoration for Recreation™ initiatives in its history, Tread Lightly! has awarded funding for 25 stewardship projects throughout the country.  The projects will capstone the celebration of Tread Lightly!’s 25 year anniversary.  Funding was made possible through a partnership with the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, Federal Premium Ammunition, Bushnell and the Dallas Safari Club.

The initiative, named 25 for 25, includes projects in 18 states.  Each is spearheaded by Tread Lightly! members or agency partners, including enthusiast clubs, Boy Scout troops, nonprofits, and individuals.  All are expected to be completed by the end of summer, 2016. Off-highway trails, shooting ranges, campgrounds, hunting areas, and other sites will all benefit from the program.

Projects focus on strategies to keep recreational areas healthy, open and accessible, including educational signage, trail system expansion, trail resurfacing, volunteer cleanups, trail markers, fencing, ambassador materials, campground improvements, game pole and blind construction, public target shooting supplies, recycling collection, an educational film, erosion mitigation and trail repair.  Thousands of volunteer hours will be involved.

“We’ve never been involved in the completion of so many incredible projects in such a short amount of time,” said Tread Lightly!’s executive director, Lori McCullough.  “Thanks to our generous partners and the volunteers and organizers, we’re making a real difference in the quality of recreation in this country—all before summer is over!”

The 25 for 25 initiative is part of Tread Lightly!’s Restoration for Recreation program, which is designed to raise money from the private sector to protect and maintain recreation opportunities by restoring damaged areas and degraded trails into enjoyable recreation resources.

For descriptions of each project and ways to volunteer, go to treadlightly.org/projects.

Funding Recipients Location of Project
Western Massachusetts Council, Boy Scouts of America Horace A. Moses Scout Reservation (HAMSR), MA
Southern Four Wheel Drive Association Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway, GA
Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Lost Pines Scout Reservation, TX
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Peavine Mountain, NV
USDA Forest Service Ashton/Island Park and Dubois Ranger Districts, ID
Red Rock Motorsports Club, Inc.  aka RRMS Superman Canyon Pit Cleanup, NM
Missouri Dirt Riders St. Joe State Park, AZ
Havasu 4 Wheelers Paseo de Oro and Bison Drive, AZ
New Mexico 4-Wheelers Manzanita Mountains Trail System, NM
USDA Forest Service/ Delta National Forest Delta National Forest, MS
National Park Service Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT
Washington Trail Riders Association Yacolt Burn, WA
Bureau of Land Management Ramhorn Campground, CA
USDA Forest Service Stanislaus National Forest, Calaveras Ranger District, CA
Stagecoach State Park – Colorado Parks and Wildlife Stagecoach State Park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, CO
USDA Forest Service Spawn Creek Trailhead, UT
Whispering Pines Hideaway Off-Roading Adventure Whispering Pines Hideaway, NV
Dirt Minions 4×4 Ladee Flats OHV Area, OR
Uwharrie National Forest Uwharrie National Forest, NC
Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance National education project, created in MT
USDA Forest Service Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi District, Ely, MN
Bureau of Land Management Applegate Valley Recreation Sites, OR
USFS Volunteer Uwharrie National Forest , NC
Mile Hi Jeep Club Red Cone Pass and Webster Pass, CO
Copper State 4 Wheelers, Tonto Recreation Alliance Tonto National Forest, AZ

 

About Tread Lightly!

Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its unique training and restoration initiatives are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them.  The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment.  Tread Lightly!’s award-winning materials, programs and services are solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing recreation issues. Individuals and businesses can commit to Tread Lightly! and protect outdoor access by becoming a member at www.treadlightly.org.

STATUS: COMPLETED

PROJECT DURATION: May to October 2016

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

Description from Mile Hi Jeep Club:

10 years ago, Mile Hi Jeep Club helped install a wire fence along the Red Cone Pass and Webster Pass in the USFS South Platte Ranger District in Colorado.  The trails are used by a number of OHV users including 4wd vehicles, hunters, ATVs, UTVs, and motorcycles.  This project will help replace this old fencing with a buck and rail fence– keeping surrounding areas healthy, and keeping the trail open and sustainable.

Photo via Mile Hi Jeep Club’s Patrol 14 Blog

Tread Lightly! has awarded a “25 for 25” grant to partially fund this project.  Funding was made possible by our generous partners: Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, Federal Premium Ammunition, Bushnell and Dallas Safari Club.  

Email grant awardee for more information or to volunteer

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