Leave No Trace

Motorized Guidelines

You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
      Native American Quote
tread lightly

Tread Lightly The Leave No Trace principles are geared towards non-motorized use of the outdoors where transportation is made possible by human or animal power. There are millions of Americans that enjoy the outdoors from bicycles and motorized vehicles. They are able to travel farther and faster than hikers and they have the potential to cause much more damage to the land.
My personal experience has been that few of these people embrace the concept of Leave No Trace or Minimal Impact. I've seen too many examples of destruction caused by riders. I have yet to see a rider specifically make a decision that promotes a Leave No Trace concept. Now, I know there are many clubs and groups that promote LNT and I hope that attitudes are changing, but I have not personally witnessed it yet.
The LNT message for motorized recreational users is encapsulated in the Tread Lightly campaign. The modes of transportation covered by Tread Lightly include:
    OHV - Off Highway Vehicles
    ATV - All Terrain Vehicles
    4WD - Four Wheel Drives
    PWC - Personal Water Craft
    Mountain Bikes

Similar to the Leave No Trace principles, these are the Tread Lightly principles:

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