Utah’s Safety Ed Trailer Sparks Interest Everywhere It Goes...And It Goes Everywhere

Utah Safety Ed Trailer.

By Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

Some of the best places to promote safe, responsible motorized recreation are at non-motorized outdoor events.

Last month, for example, Jason West set up Utah’s safety education trailer at the annual Paddlefest at Red Fleet State Park. Hundreds of people who came to paddle canoes, kayaks and paddleboards stopped by to visit. “We had over 500 visitors at the trailer, and over 2500 participants at the entire event,” said West, Outdoor Recreation Planner with the Vernal Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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BLM and Other Federal, State Agencies Balance Recreation Opportunities with Habitat Needs

(DILLON, Mont.) – Officials from the Bureau of Land Management and other federal and state agencies say they are concerned about trying to balance recreational opportunities while maintaining the integrity of soil, water, vegetation and wildlife habitat.

Recent input from adjacent landowners and various land user groups (such as, permit holders and hunters) indicates this balance is not being met on public lands in southwest Montana and resource damage is occurring due to unauthorized motorized recreational use.

“Unauthorized motorized travel is impacting hunting opportunities, eliminating big game security, causing soil erosion and increasing noxious weed spread,” said Cornie Hudson, manager of the BLM’s Dillon Field Office.  “The use of closed routes or creating new routes also detracts from the enjoyment of these areas by non-motorized public land users.”

To this end, the Dillon Field Office, the U.S. Forest Service Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and private landowners are working together to improve compliance with travel management regulations in Southwest Montana. 

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Use a Checklist for Every Outing

From Tread Lightly! Webpage

By Tom Severin, Master Tread Trainer

Ever have one of those trips when, after arriving at the campsite and unpacking, you realize you forgot something important? You smack yourself along the side of your head and say, “Jeez. How could I forget that??!!”

It happens to everyone at some point. Even to me. That’s why many years ago I started using a checklist. I have several, but for this column I want to impress upon you the value of developing and using a checklist. One is enough, though it can be rather comprehensive. The benefits of using a checklist are very clear:

You’ll depart confident that you remembered to pack everything you were supposed to, and your packing goes quicker. A checklist brings order to your packing, so you’re not scrambling around haphazardly.

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Trailhead Signs for the Big Belt Mountains

By Bob Walker, Editor

What is one of the best ways to help recreationists enjoy their trail experiences and protect their trails and resources for the long run? According to the publication Conflicts on Multiple-Use Trails by author Roger Moore, one of the most effective methods is through education and information to the public! One of his examples was signs with positive messages and images. The Capital Trail Vehicle Association (CTVA) employed this theory with an ambitious project to purchase and install state-of-the art trailhead kiosks in three of the most popular trail-heads in Montana’s Big Belt Mountains.

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