Links & Resources
Like most things in life, I'm not the first and I won't be the last. Many came before me and from those pioneers I have gained so much knowledge that I feel it's appropriate to name a few here.
In addition, there are organizations whose principles I believe in and do my best to adhere to. And in an effort to ensure the ongoing beauty and accessibility of our public lands, I encourage you to do the same.
Motor Vehicle Use Maps
The USFS is the keeper of all maps regarding the legal or illegal routes that exist. These are called Motor Vehicle Use Maps, or MVUM's. They are the LEGAL record of what motorized opportunities are available on lands managed by the US Forest Service. Routes not shown on the MVUM are not open to public motor vehicle travel. They're updated annually in January, so be sure to stay on top of that. Knowing where you can and cannot legally travel makes all the difference. Know before you go!
Stay The Trail
While this is a Colorado organization, I believe it's principles resonate in all areas where off-road travel is available.
From Stay The Trail site: The idea for Stay The Trail Colorado was born in 2003 when a small group of off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts decided a new approach to land management issues was needed in Colorado. This new approach was to educate the public on responsible OHV use and to develop a sense of stewardship for our public lands among OHV enthusiasts.
Tread Lightly was been important to me early on in my off-road experiences as I saw time and time again, instances of trail damage, off trail damage and trail closures due to that damage.
From the Tread Lightly site: Tread Lightly! and its partners lead a national initiative to protect and enhance recreation access and opportunities by promoting outdoor ethics to heighten individuals’ sense of good stewardship. Tread Lightly!’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain healthy ecosystems and thriving populations of fish and wildlife.