Protecting, enhancing, and restoring outdoor recreation areas by advocating an ethic of stewardship and responsible use of America's public lands and waterways.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Tread Lightly! awarded funding to complete 25 Restoration for Recreation projects throughout the United States. These projects were completed thanks to more than 1,400 volunteers that lent a helping hand and funding from Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative, Federal Premium Ammunition, Bushnell and the Dallas Safari Club.The completion of these projects took nearly 12,000 volunteer hours, valued at over $270,000. Tread Lightly! estimates that 58 tons of trash were removed from public lands, nearly 3,000 miles of trails were enhanced and restored and over 66,000 acres of land were enhanced thanks to the hard work of the awardees.Projects focused on strategies to keep recreational areas healthy, open and accessible. The projects themselves ranged from educational signage, trail system expansion, trail resurfacing, volunteer cleanups, trail markers, fencing, campground improvements, and blind construction, target shooting supplies, recycling collection, an educational film, erosion mitigation and trail repair.The initiative, nicknamed 25-for-25, supported 25 projects in a total of 18 states. Each project was spearheaded by Tread Lightly!'s agency partners or members, including enthusiast clubs, Boy Scout troops, and individuals."A big part of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative's mission is to provide practical support for efforts that protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands," said Steve Nessl, Yamaha's ATV/SxS group marketing manager. "Tread Lightly!'s 25-for-25 program is a great example of putting that mission into action by supporting off-road and outdoor enthusiasts with hands-on projects across the country."