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Tread Lightly! Announces 25 Partner-Funded Stewardship Projects Across Nation

SALT LAKE CITY – In one of the most ambitious Restoration for Recreation initiatives in its history, Tread Lightly! has awarded funding for 25 stewardship projects throughout the country. The projects will capstone the celebration of Tread Lightly!’s 25 year anniversary. Funding was made possible through a partnership with the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, Federal Premium Ammunition, Bushnell and the Dallas Safari Club.

The initiative, named 25 for 25includes projects in 18 states. Each is spearheaded by Tread Lightly! members or agency partners, including enthusiast clubs, Boy Scout troops, nonprofits, and individuals. All are expected to be completed by the end of summer, 2016. Off-highway trails, shooting ranges, campgrounds, hunting areas, and other sites will all benefit from the program.

Projects focus on strategies to keep recreational areas healthy, open and accessible, including educational signage, trail system expansion, trail resurfacing, volunteer cleanups, trail markers, fencing, ambassador materials, campground improvements, game pole and blind construction, public target shooting supplies, recycling collection, an educational film, erosion mitigation and trail repair. Thousands of volunteer hours will be involved.

 “We’ve never been involved in the completion of so many incredible projects in such a short amount of time,” said Tread Lightly!’s executive director, Lori McCullough. “Thanks to our generous partners and the volunteers and organizers, we’re making a real difference in the quality of recreation in this country—all before summer is over!”

The 25 for 25 initiative is part of Tread Lightly!’s Restoration for Recreation program, which is designed to raise money from the private sector to protect and maintain recreation opportunities by restoring damaged areas and degraded trails into enjoyable recreation resources.

 For descriptions of each project and ways to volunteer, go to treadlightly.org/projects.

Funding Recipients

Location of Project

Western Mass Council, Boy Scouts of America

Horace A. Moses Scout Reservation (HAMSR), MA

Southern Four Wheel Drive Association

Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway, GA

Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Lost Pines Scout Reservation, TX

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

Peavine Mountain, NV

USDA Forest Service

Ashton/Island Park and Dubois Ranger Districts, ID

Red Rock Motorsports Club, Inc.  aka RRMS

Superman Canyon Pit Cleanup, NM

Missouri Dirt Riders

St. Joe State Park, AZ

Havasu 4 Wheelers

Paseo de Oro and Bison Drive, AZ

New Mexico 4-Wheelers

Manzanita Mountains Trail System, NM

USDA Forest Service/ Delta National Forest

Delta National Forest, MS

National Park Service

Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT

Washington Trail Riders Association

Yacolt Burn, WA

Bureau of Land Management

Ramhorn Campground, CA

USDA Forest Service

Stanislaus National Forest, Calaveras Ranger District, CA

Stagecoach State Park – Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Stagecoach State Park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, CO

USDA Forest Service

Spawn Creek Trailhead, UT

Whispering Pines Hideaway Off-Roading Adventure

Whispering Pines Hideaway, NV

Dirt Minions 4×4

Ladee Flats OHV Area, OR

Uwharrie National Forest

Uwharrie National Forest, NC

Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance

National education project, created in MT

USDA Forest Service

Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi District, Ely, MN

Bureau of Land Management

Applegate Valley Recreation Sites, OR

USFS Volunteer

Uwharrie National Forest , NC

Mile Hi Jeep Club

Red Cone Pass and Webster Pass, CO

Copper State 4 Wheelers, Tonto Recreation Alliance

Tonto National Forest, A

Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its unique training and restoration initiatives are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them.  The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment.  Tread Lightly!’s award-winning materials, programs and services are solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing recreation issues. Individuals and businesses can commit to Tread Lightly! and protect outdoor access by becoming a member at www.treadlightly.org.

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