So... Ask yourself, what does it mean to you?
I ask because as an avid 4x4 enthusiast I have learned a great deal of information about responsible offroad use. I have heard "Tread Lightly" before and never really paid it much attention, kinda doing what I wanted to because I could and it was fun.
Since arriving in Washington and associating myself with the then WATTORA (now www.NWToys.com) I have learned a great deal about what Tread Lightly is and the ethics behind it. I paid attention because people around me that I looked up to for education and influence spoke highly of it. I investigated and learned that Tread Lightly was a non profit organization established to promote responsible outdoor recreation. After a few years after becoming a member of WATTORA WATRD was able to secure numerous seats for Tread Lightly's Tread Trainers course. I gladly attended and learned a great deal of information also becoming one of Washington's Tread Lightly Tread Trainers (along with WATRD).
I am posting this in the hope that I can help spread their message. I am not here as a "tree hugger" or "greenie" but as someone who is tired of seeing legal off highway vehicle areas being closed down to abuse, ignorance and lack of attention by the OHV community (motorcyclist's 4x4's, hikers, mountain bikers, snowmobiler's and water sports enthusiasts).
Tread Lightly. What does it mean and stand for. Well in short...
Travel responsibly: Travel in areas open to 4WD's, drive over obstacles not around to avoid widening trails, cross streams only at designated points, when possible avoid mud (avoid wheel spin which could rut the area), scout ahead, know signs and respect barriers.
Respect others: Be considerate, leave gates and ask permission of private land owners, yield right of way to bikers, hikers and horseback riders, keep noise and dust down.
Educate yourself: Know the area by a map and know where motorized use is authorized, contact land manager for restrictions, closures or permits.
Avoid sensitive areas: Avoid meadows, lake shores and sensitive areas, stay on designated trails.
Do your part: Leave the area better than you found it and exercise appropriate behavior.
As you can see from this link that Tread Lightly in not directly geared towards the 4x4 community but Hikers, fishermen, snow sports, horseback riders, etc.
So... With that, please take a look at what Tread Lightly is and stands for. Why? Because by following the Tread Lightly ethic we help ourselves. Please take the time and complete their online awareness course to help educate yourself and help ourselves.