Tread Lightly! Clears Hey Joe Canyon Trail
Tread Lightly!, with the help of partners and volunteers, cleared 11 miles of tamarisk from Hey Joe Canyon, an off-road trail in Moab, Utah. The Easter Jeep Safari stewardship project was completed during the event.
Tread Lightly!’s completion of projects during past Easter Jeep Safaris allows attendees to give back to the trails they enjoy. Red Rock Four Wheelers, the event organizer, has promoted responsible use of these trails for many years.
Among the companies participating in the clean-up were Quadratec, KC HiLites, Foundation 1023, and Fieldcraft Survival. Activities like this help ensure future access to trails in Moab, and throughout the country. All the off-roaders involved in trail clearing understand the value of keeping trails open and accessible to everyone.
Matt Konkle of Quadratec said, “We look forward to participating in the Tread Lightly! trail clean-up each year during Easter Jeep Safari. For this year’s event, it meant trimming back tamarisk. It also involves collecting any trash we find, repairing damaged sections of the trail or signage, and staying on the trail to protect wildlife and soil from damage.”
Along with its partners, Tread Lightly! leads a national initiative to protect and enhance recreation access. They promote good outdoor stewardship and taking responsibility to leave these areas better than they find them. The 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to keeping outdoor recreation areas beautiful, healthy, and accessible.
The organization’s educational, training, and restoration outreach instills an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts while pursuing a variety of recreational activities.
The program’s long-term goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment. Protecting our rights to participate in outdoor recreation is Tread Lightly’s aim. 12.2 tons of trash were removed from public lands in 2020, thanks to Tread Lightly!
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