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Tread Lightly!

Tread Lightly!Tread Lightly!® is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “To empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly through education and restoration.” While its mission incorporates all forms of outdoor recreation, Tread Lightly!’s core focus is the ethical use of motorized and mechanized vehicles on both land and water.


In 1985, the US Forest Service launched the Tread Lightly! program as a means of addressing concerns about the impacts from increasing numbers of visitors to the great outdoors for recreational purposes. In 1990, to maximize the program’s effectiveness, management responsibilities were transferred to the private sector, making Tread Lightly! an apolitical, not-for-profit organization.

Tread Lightly!Tread Lightly! is funded by donations from individual members, corporations, dealerships, clubs, retailers and other organizations interested in spreading the message of responsible and ethical use of the outdoors. Federal Partners include the National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and Army Corps of Engineers.

Tread Lightly! focuses its programs and efforts in education and restoration to further the goals of responsible and ethical recreation.

Current programs include Tread Trainer™-- a training course designed to produce instructors of the Tread Lightly! ethic, deemed “Master Trainers.” Restoration for Recreation™ is another important element of Tread Lightly! that aims to construct, enhance or restore recreational sites across the country. The organization also produces a multitude of educational pieces for outdoor enthusiasts, hunting educators, advertising agencies, the government and children of all ages.

Tread Lightly! is thus an ethical and educational force in bringing together and unifying a broad spectrum of stakeholders including agencies, industry, media, conservation and enthusiast groups, and concerned individuals who share a common goal -- to find a balance between humans and nature.

Contact Tread Lightly!

Tread Lightly! Inc
298 24th Street, Suite 325
Ogden, UT 84401

Fax: (801) 621-8633
Phone: (801) 627-0077
(800) 966-9900

For General Information Click Here
For Information Regarding Tread Trainer or Restoration for Recreation Click Here
For Media Information Click Here

(information taken from the Tread Lightly web page)


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