Ethics Situation – Spring 2013
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt.
We’ll be asking you, the reader, to respond using the TREAD program principles to situations we all experience while enjoying our favorite outdoor recreation activites. Access to America’s public and private lands and waterways is disappearing at an alarming rate due to irresponsible behaviors and social conflicts associated with these issues.
Tread Lightly! is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting outdoor ethics education and stewardship since 1985 and we are counting on all of you to “do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Here’s the situation:
You are riding on a defined trail open to ATVs, but with signs asking you to stay on the trail because of the fragile ecosystem and various wildlife habitats native to the area you are recreating in. You see another rider coming back onto the trail through the scrub on the right of your location, and feel motivated to address the individual and educate them of the designated routes system you are following from the MVUM (Motorized Vehicle Use Map) you have stashed in your gear.
How will you educate the individual to Tread Lightly! in this situation? Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and your answers might be included on our website!
“I would approach the individual and ask him or her if they were enjoying their day. I then would ask them if they were aware of the signs asking you to stay on the trail because of the fragile ecosystem and various wildlife habitats native to the area. Having “Educated Myself” as to the ecosystem and wildlife native to the area prior to making the trip, I would give them a brief summary of what I had learned about the area. Then I would show them my MVUM and tell them where they could obtain their own copy. If they show additional interest I would offer to explain how the map was used.”
Paul S. – Master Tread Trainer