Tread Lightly! Impact Report: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District Trailhead Kiosk Install

Project: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District Trailhead Kiosk Install
Location: Michigan

Description: This project was funded by Can-Am Off-Road. Can-Am has committed to funding trail stewardship projects in partnership with Tread Lightly! to help maintain and improve access to public lands and off-road trails.

On December 1, 2023, four volunteers installed three kiosks and new signage at the Caberfae and Cadillac West staging areas in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. This signage provided up-to-date maps of OHV trails in the area, OHV recreation tips and the T.R.E.A.D. Principles to help educate enthusiasts on how to ride responsibly. In total, 120 miles of trail were enhanced thanks to this project.

Thank you to the partners who made this possible:

 “Over the past 18 months, our team has dedicated efforts to develop an organized OHV/ORV project in our region. Our focus has been on connecting existing motorized trails, integrating them with nearby points of interest and connectivity to nearby trail systems and implementing a cohesive system of signage, wayfinding, and mapped assets. The driving force behind this initiative is our role as a destination marketing organization to attract more recreational users to the area, thereby supporting our local businesses and tourism economy. However, we recognize the dual responsibility of not only promoting the destination but also using our marketing and outreach to emphasize safety and stewardship. This includes advocating for responsible recreation practices among both new and seasoned users.

Thanks to the generous support of Tread Lightly! and Can-Am, we have successfully installed our first three, three-panel information kiosks at key trailheads. These kiosks serve as valuable hubs for sharing maps, resource information, and Tread Lightly! principles specifically tailored for dual-sport motorized activities.”-Kathy Morin, Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau

“The work of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau and Tread Lightly! furthers our common goals of increasing consistency across jurisdictions and providing the best possible experience for responsible motorized use of the Huron-Manistee National Forests.  We will continue to collaborate with our partners to maintain and look for better ways to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the public on our roads. Visitors can do their part by getting a free Motor Vehicle Use Map, staying on designated roads, and traveling responsibly.”-Travis Owens, Partnership Coordinator, Huron-Manistee National Forests

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