On September 16 and 17, 2021, Tread Lightly! and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office partnered together to restore dispersed camping and improve day use areas. Community volunteers, OHV enthusiasts and staff from Tread Lightly!, Milestar Tires, Stinger Off-Road, ESIA, and Project Heal the Land worked to improve this area. BLM will be planning an additional fire ring cleanup this weekend with local partners as part of National Public Lands Day and again this fall with Tread Lightly!.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to work on restoring well-trafficked public lands,” said Martin Castro, Events and Activation Manager for Milestar Tires. “To see the need that the Alabama Hills has for restoration really bolstered our justification to partner with Tread Lightly! Together, we were able assemble a competent group of off-road enthusiasts and government employees that cleared over 50 illicit fire sites to improve day use in the area. Protecting public lands through meaningful work is where we are moving to at Milestar Tires and we are excited for what is to come in the future.”
National Public Lands Day, celebrated this year on September 25, 2021, is a day dedicated to the stewardship of public land where volunteers gather across the country to restore and clean parks, forests and more. Tread Lightly! and it supporters hope this will motivate individuals and organizations to commit to giving back to public lands.
“This project exemplifies the vision of Tread Lightly! moving forward,” said Matt Caldwell, Tread Lightly! Executive Director. “Amazing projects are made possible when a great partner like Milestar Tires, amazing volunteers, land managers like BLM and Tread Lightly! come together with a clear plan and desire to do their part by giving back to public lands. The positive impact that everyone working together was able to accomplish was incredible to watch and be a part of.”
Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible recreation through stewardship programs and ethics education. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its unique training and restoration initiatives are strategically 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 our need to maintain a healthy environment. Tread Lightly!’s award-winning materials, programs and services are solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing recreation issues. Individuals and businesses can commit to Tread Lightly! and protect outdoor access by becoming a member at www.treadlightly.org.
Jerrica Archibald, [email protected] 801-627-0077