Public Lands are a privilege. This privilege comes with a
responsibility. If you are out enjoying these public lands you need to be a
good steward of these lands.
Public lands are slowly being taken away. You might ask
yourself why or blame the government and land officials. However, we need to
take a deeper look. More and more recreational users are using these lands.
There are many who do not use them responsibly.
Officials are starting to close
trails and limit use. Here are my Top 5 Tips for you to help protect our
Number One - Educate Yourself
Starting January 1 of this year Utah now requires operators
of off-road vehicles like quads, side by sides, high modified 4x4’s and more to
take an off highway vehicle education course. LINK for online class
It’s free and only takes about 30 minutes. I took the class
and now have my permit. The online class videos are filled with a lot of great
information that is very important to help keep our trails from being
destroyed. When the trails get destroyed they eventually will close them down.
Number Two - Travel Responsibly Use the tread lightly
principals. www.treadlightly.org Travel
responsibly by staying on the designated trail as this will keep from widening
the trails. You can do this by following the trails signs, get a map app or
check with the local agency for maps such as the Forestry Department for paper
maps. Don’t go around obstacles go over them. Going around the trail obstacle
widens the trails and this magnifies the negative impact on the land. Some of
the places we wheel have very sensitive ecosystems.
Number 3 – Pack It In Pack It Out - You
hear this a lot because it’s very important. Don’t leave your trash on the
trail. Take it back out with you and dispose of it properly. Clean up after
yourself AND others.
Number 4 - Research Check out the area you are going
to wheel ahead of time so you can avoid the sensitive areas. Even when it comes
to your footsteps. Up on the mountains above the tree lines even your footstep
can destroy the land for decades. In the deserts of Utah they have very
delicate desert lands.
Number 5 – Pictures and Videos Only show videos
and pictures of responsible behavior on social media. Showing reckless behavior
only promotes it.
If we all just do our part we can keep our trails open for
future generations to enjoy.