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10 Ways to Minimize Your Impact with an ATV

With the number of all-terrain vehicle riders climbing past 16 million nationally, the sport of ATV riding is grabbing attention as land managers try to balance its popularity with the nationís natural resources.

ďATV riding can be a blast,Ē said Patti Klein, National Stewardship Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management. But it can also be damaging to public lands if not done responsibly. As land managers, we encourage people to help protect the great outdoors by riding responsibly and practicing outdoor ethics, like those created by Tread Lightly!

Tread Lightly!, a nonprofit organization that educates people to recreate responsibly, has issued some practical tips on minimizing environmental impact from ATVs.

To find places to ride, ATV enthusiasts should contact local land managers. Tread Lightly! provides additional tips and materials at

Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower generations to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.Tread Lightly!ís strategic educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives are designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with the needs of the environment.Tread Lightly! offers unique programs and services to help remedy current recreation issues.In 2003, the federal government recognized this by acknowledging Tread Lightly! as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles in off-highway settings.

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