TREAD LIGHTLY

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JOE YOUNT

SXS Nation Regular
Jul 21, 2020
42
3
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TUCSON
Side X Side(s)

2015 POLARIS RANGER XP 900

Have you ever heard of Tread Lightly? Here is pretty much what they stand for.
Treading lightly means putting the same amount of effort into protecting the land we ride on. He are a few tips to help you do just that on all your trips to come:

  • Stay on designated 4x4 trails, which means getting permission to cross private land and avoiding designated wilderness areas
  • Go over obstacles, not around them, to keep from widening the trail. Besides, it’s more fun that way!
  • Keep away from sensitive areas like meadows, lakeshores, wetlands, streams, and seasonal nesting or breeding areas. The ecosystems here can be delicate, and chances are the animals were there before you – make sure they can be there after you.
  • Clean up after yourself, but also toss any trash you see along the trail into your garbage bag as well. It may not be your mess, but it becomes everyone’s problem if not cleaned up.
  • Know your Jeep: its lowest points, its limitations, and its equipment, so you can leave a smaller environmental tire track.
  • Wash off your Jeep before and after a trip to prevent the spread of invasive species (it’s a plant eat plant world out there!).
The essence of treading lightly is respect. At its core, it is about being respectful of the environment, your fellow riders and the community you are riding through (even if its primary residents have four legs and fur).