10 Ways to Minimize Impact with an ATV
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By Monica Clay, Tread Lightly!
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 country's natural resources.
"ATV riding can be a blast," 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 the impact of ATVs on the environment.
To find places to ride, ATV enthusiasts should contact local land managers.
Tread Lightly! provides additional tips and materials at www.treadlightly.org.
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Updated March 15, 2007