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The Ultimate Tread Lightly! Resource for Government Agencies

Tread Lightly! thrives to serve the needs of land and water management agencies. You are the reason our organization was created in the first place. That is why it is so important that you understand that Tread Lightly! is not just a message anymore—it is a growing nonprofit organization that offers you educational materials, ethics training, restoration funding, networking opportunities and many other tools. We hope you will take advantage of our resources. Please click on one of the options above to find ways to start expanding our relationship and making a difference in the environment.

9 Ways to Help Educate the

Public in Responsible Recreation:


The Tread Trainer program is designed to train participants in innovative, practical methods of spreading outdoor ethics to the public with a curriculum specifically focused on motorized and mechanized recreation.

Once a participant becomes active in the Tread Trainer program he or she is equipped to present the Tread Lightly! message to other educators, clubs, employees, visitors, enthusiasts or community members.The Tread Trainer program was recently highlighted by the National Forest Foundation as a key aid in confronting the threat of unmanaged OHV recreation to public land. Tread Lightly! also now offers a water recreation Tread Trainer course. Enthusiast club members, tour guides, safety trainers and land managers from all over the country have been trained and are proclaiming the program’s crucial value in today’s recreation issues.


The most efficient way to spread the Tread Lightly! message is to distribute our new one-page tip brochures. These address the best ways to minimize impact while recreating in the great outdoors. These brochures are available as low as 5 cents each for members (all government entities are considered members). Brochures include tips on ATV riding, four wheeling, off-highway motorcycling, mountain biking, personal watercraft use, snowmobiling, sand duning, camping, side x side riding, shooting sports, geocaching, hiking, fishing, hunting with ATV, horseback riding, water recreation and snow sports.

3. PSA’s

A great way to educate visitors is utilize Tread Lightly!’s public service announcements (PSAs). Many agencies have printed the PSAs out as posters, posted them up at kiosks, inserted them into publications and have urged local newspapers and magazines to donate ad space for them. They are available in high resolution on DVD (or on a series of CDs) at no cost to individuals who commit to use them effectively.


Millions of Americans scour government agency websites in search of recreation information. What a perfect place to post a public service announcement. Tread Lightly!’s web banners are educational and inspirational. A variety of banner sizes and recreation types are available.


Tread Lightly! products act as billboards for responsible recreation by visibly reminding people to “tread lightly.” They can make great gifts for staff or visitors. Check out the store for the full range of products Tread Lightly! offers.


The Tread Lightly! logo renders a strong message. Government agencies have the opportunity to use the Tread Lightly! logo on brochures, maps, newsletters, posters, kiosks, signage and any other type of printed or posted materials. To request the logo in a high-resolution format, click here.


Make sure to download Tread Lightly!’s Youth Outreach Kit to help you teach outdoor ethics to kids. The printable kit includes pledge cards, a kids’ principles sheet, a poster/psa and coloring book pages. These items can be printed out and given away at information booths or events and can be posted on websites and kiosks. Also available in this kit is a series of kids’ web banners.


Utilize Tread Lightly!’s targeted radio public service announcements to educate local off-road enthusiasts about outdoor ethics. Simply download the PSAs of your choice and email them to your local radio stations, asking them to air the message whenever possible.


Tread Lightly! has developed a multi-dimensional education and outreach campaign built around a central slogan, “Respected Access is Open Access.” The message is simple – responsible behavior leads to continued access. Use the public service announcements on your kiosks, maps, newsletters and other sources.


Agencies receive member prices on all Tread Lightly! products.


How Tread Lightly! Can Help You

Part of Tread Lightly!’s mission is to empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly through stewardship. We work to help ease the billions of dollars in backlog of needed maintenance and repairs to federal and state land.

Restoration for Recreation

To accomplish this, Tread Lightly! established its Restoration for Recreational program in 1997. Since then, Tread Lightly!, its government partners, industry and non-governmental partners, along with the sweat of volunteers have been transforming damaged and degraded areas into enjoyable recreation resources. The program also educates the public about outdoor ethics to minimize future impacts.

Unique by design, Restoration for Recreation generates capital from the private sector at a time when government recreation budgets are in intensive care on life support. Tread Lightly! and its partners match funding with public agency resources to rehabilitate dilapidated recreational facilities into environmentally and economically sustainable areas of beauty and enjoyment for generations to enjoy.

Future Opportunities

Tread Lightly! is looking for short concept papers demonstrating potential projects throughout the National Forests. If you have trails, roads, parking and staging areas and other facilities used for OHV recreation, this a great opportunity to link up with potential funding for restoration through Tread Lightly!. Although there is no money available yet, the concepts you send will be used in a proposal package to show potential sponsors.

Please email your concept papers or mail them to:

Tread Lightly!

Attn: Evan Robins

353 E. 400 S.

SLC, UT 84111.

Current Memorandums of Understanding with Government Agencies

Please click on the appropriate agency below to see its Memorandum of Understanding with Tread Lightly!.

How to reach Tread Lightly!

Ask us questions. Give us suggestions. Let us know what we can do to get the message out to the public.

Email us: Click here

Tread Lightly! Inc.

353 E. 400 S.

Suite 100

SLC, UT 84111.

Fax: (801) 990-9807

Phone: (801) 627-0077

Toll-Free: (800) 966-9900

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The United States undeniably has some of the most gorgeous and inspirational landscapes in the world. But Americans are losing them. Favorite trails are closing from the lack of land management resources. Rivers and streams are slowly being destroyed by uneducated recreationists. The backlog of needed maintenance and repairs to our national forests is climbing into the multi-billions of dollars.

If your workplace participates in the Combined Federal Campaign, you can make payroll donations to Tread Lightly!. With your help, Tread Lightly! empowers the public to enjoy the outdoors responsibly through education, training and restoration initiatives designed to remedy current recreation issues and instill an ethic of responsibility in recreationists.

Please contribute. Even small donations can make a big difference. Combined Federal Campaign.

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