In line with Tread Lightly!’s T.R.E.A.D. principles, Outside Adventure Expo will promote an outdoor ethics message that encourages minimal impact recreation.
As off-road and outdoor recreation has grown in popularity over the years, so have the impacts on public land and trails. With 34 million acres of public land, five National Parks, 44 State Parks and thousands of miles of bike and hiking trails, the state of Utah is an adventurer’s playground. Outside Adventure Expo has partnered with Tread Lightly! to educate event attendees about responsible outdoor recreation in an effort to protect the land and water that make outdoor adventures possible.
Tread Lightly! works collaboratively with industry partners, public land agencies and off-road enthusiasts to maintain access to public lands and trails by promoting minimal impact recreation. Supporters of Tread Lightly! practice environmentally responsible outdoor recreation by adhering to the T.R.E.A.D. principles, an outdoor ethics message that promotes minimal impact recreation on land and water.
A portion of Outside Adventure Expo proceeds will be donated to Tread Lightly! to support on-the-ground trail improvement projects.
“We’re grateful that Outside Adventure Expo has embraced the Tread Lightly! mission and excited for the platform the event provides to share our message of responsible recreation in our own backyard,” said Matt Caldwell, Tread Lightly! Executive Director. “The proceeds donated from this event will help us further our on-the-ground stewardship and responsible outdoor recreation education efforts here in Utah and across the United States.”
Attendees can learn more about the T.R.E.A.D. principles as part of the Outside Adventure Expo education and workshop series June 25-27, 2021 at Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City, Utah.
About Tread Lightly!
Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through stewardship and ethics education programs to ensure off-roading opportunities are accessible for future generations. For over 30 years, the Tread Lightly! team, along with its members, partners and volunteers has worked together to improve access through on-the-ground trail improvement projects, public land cleanups and strategic educational messaging tailored to promote responsible riding. Learn more at treadlightly.org.
Tread Lightly!’s outdoor ethics message that promotes minimal impact recreation on land and water
Travel responsibly on land by staying on designated roads, trails, and area. Go over, not around, obstacles to avoid widening the trails. Cross streams only at designated fords. When possible, avoid wet, muddy trails. On water, stay on designated waterways and launch your watercraft in designated areas.
RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS
Respect the rights of others, including private property owners, all recreational trail users, campers, and others so they can enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed. Leave gates as you found them. Yield right of way to those passing you or going uphill. On water, respect anglers, swimmers, skiers, boaters, divers, and those on or near shore.
Educate yourself prior to your trip by obtaining travel maps and regulations from public agencies. Plan for your trip, take recreation skills classes, and know-how to operate your equipment safely.
AVOID SENSITIVE AREAS
Avoid sensitive areas on land such as meadows, lake shores, wetlands and streams. Stay on designated routes. This protects wildlife habitats and sensitive soils from damage. Don’t disturb historical, archeological or paleontological sites. On water, avoid operating your watercraft in shallow waters or near shorelines at high speeds.
DO YOUR PART
Do your part by modeling appropriate behavior, leaving the area better than you found it, properly disposing of waste, minimizing the use of fire, avoiding the spread of invasive species and repairing degraded areas.