New Quick-Tip Guides From Tread Lightly!
Most people don't know the proper depth to bury human waste when they're out camping, but if they took a peek at Tread Lightly!'s brochure series, the answer to this and other questions would be available for easy reference.
To provide enthusiasts with some simple ways to minimize their impact on the environment, the nonprofit organization Tread Lightly! has expanded its quick-tips brochure series and made it available to members at no cost (except shipping and handling). Brochures now available include tips for camping, off-highway motorcycling, mountain biking, geocaching, ATV riding, hunting with ATVs, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, personal watercraft use, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, backcountry skiing, hiking, and sand duning.
"Tread Lightly! is always looking for the best ways to spread our critical message to the public," says Lori Davis, Tread Lightly!'s executive director. "I think our simple tips are going to become habits for hundreds of thousands of people thanks to these brochures and their sponsors."
The materials were printed with funding from the Ford Motor Company Fund, Land Rover, Cabela's, and the Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program.
A few of the tips included in the "Tips for Responsible Four-wheeling" guide include:
* Stay only on trails, routes, and areas designated for off-highway vehicle use.
* Cross streams only at designated fording points, or where the road crosses the stream.
* Cross large rocks and other obstacles slowly, at an angle, one wheel at a time.
* Always know where the differential or lowest point on the vehicle is.
* Avoid riding in mud. In soft terrain, go easy on the gas to avoid wheelspin, which can cause rutting.
* Straddle ruts, gullies, and washouts even if they are wider than your vehicle.
* Don't turn around on narrow roads, steep terrain, or unstable ground. Back up until you find a safe place to turn around.
* Don't ride in meadows or marshy areas, and remember that areas designated as "wilderness" do not allow motorized vehicles.
* When winching, attach the towing cable, tree strap, or chain as low as possible to the object being winched. Let the winch do the work; never drive the winch.
* Pack out what you pack in.
* Practice minimum-impact camping by using established sites, camping 200 feet from water resources and trails, and minimizing use of fire.