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 25, includes 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 Massachusetts 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, AZ