Our good amigos at Tread Lightly! have embarked upon a new initiative to enhance its outreach and improve relationships between 'wheelers and members of the hunting, fishing and shooting communities.
"These recreationists have played a huge role in conservation efforts throughout history," said Tread Lightly!'s executive director Lori McCullough. "We think hunters and anglers will embrace Tread Lightly!’s message and principles, further reducing impacts on public land and waterways. This will in turn, help keep hunting, shooting and fishing areas open to the public."
Tread Lightly!'s connection with these enthusiast communities was jump-started when 40 organizations signed on to the Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing, and Shooting Sports Roundtable Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. A clause in the MOU encourages these organizations to promote outdoor ethics, like those developed by Tread Lightly! to their constituents. Some of the organizations signed on the MOU Roundtable include Safari Club International, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Izaak Walton League of America, National Rifle Association, Delta Waterfowl Foundation and The National Wild Turkey Federation.
The Roundtable recently commissioned Tread Lightly! to develop a national shooting sports education and outreach campaign. The campaign will focus on reducing litter, property damage and environmental impacts from irresponsible shooting on public land. A partnership between The U.S. Forest Service and Tread Lightly! provided $10,000 for the campaign development and implementation. Yamaha Motor Corporation also donated an additional $10,000 towards the project. For more info on this worthwhile partnership, and to learn how you can help out, check out Tread Lightly!'s website.