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Tread Lightly
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Lightfoot, the Tread Lightly! mascot
The Tread Lightly! program originated as a program for the US Forest Service in the mid 1980's. The goal was to encourage outdoor recreation while minimally impacting private and public lands. Tread Lightly! became a non-profit organization in 1990. Tread Lightly!'s main goal is to promote the responsible use of recreational vehicles such as snow mobiles. Tread Lightly! develops and distributes educational programs, and works with media, outdoor recreation suppliers to get their message across.

Want to tread lightly?

Travel responsibly
Respect the rights of others
ducate yourself, plan and prepare before you go
Avoid sensitive areas
o your part

 This is an embedded video from the official Alaska State Parks YouTube channel.

A hiker climbs up a set of stairs made with logs in the middle of an old growth forest.

Some Tread Lightly! Tips 

  • Stay on designated trails--taking shortcuts can harm wildlife.
  • Travel only on areas open to your type of vehicle, and the type of recreation you're pursuing.
  • Cross streams as designated crossing points.
  • Comply with all signage.
  • Avoid sensitive areas--whether that be due to inadequate snow covering if you're snow machining or skiing, or whether the ecosystem in that area is especially sensitive.
  • Ask landowners before you enter private property.
  • Avoid building fires. If you do build a fire, use a fire pan.
  • Use existing campsites.
  • Pack in what you pack out--Don't burn or bury trash.
  • Be respectful of others enjoying the same space.
  • Keep dogs on leashes.
  • Tell someone about your travel plans.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Know about the laws and regulations.
  • Be well informed about your trip. Make sure you have maps, a compass, and proper gear before going.
  • Check the weather forecast and avalanche conditions before heading out.
  • Be prepared for any emergencies--always take a first aid kit and extra food along with you.
  • Know how to treat hypothermia.
  • Avoid spooking animals.
  • Remember that motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited in reserved wilderness areas. 
  • If planning an outdoor trip in the winter, take an avalanche safety course.
  • Practice Leave No Trace etiquette.

Bear tracks
DNR Maryland
Black bear tracks
Want to become involved in Tread Lightly!? Contact:

298 24th Street, Suite 325
Ogden, UT 84401
Fax: 1-801-627-0077

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Bear Safety for kids video
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Leave No Trace
Check out this puppet video!
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