In response to the recent (well... 2005) change from "routes open unless closed" to "routes closed unless designated open" on USFS routes, as well as many BLM travel management plans being revised, we at Tread Lightly! have launched a new campaign to encourage the use of designated trails only.
Please, as you're heading out, verify that the routes you intend to take are a) open, and b) open to your type of vehicle. For USFS-managed lands, that includes the use of a Motor Vehicle Use Map. On BLM, currently many field offices are still using on-the-ground signage as well as Travel Maps. Many local resources are available to help pin-point those routes, nationwide.
The expectation of using designated routes and areas extends across all forms of motorized recreation, from dirt bikes to Subarus and dune buggies to crawlers. Additional information concerning camping regulations, hunting, and seasonal designations can often be found with those maps.
A view at our new Public Service Announcement advertisements:
If your club or agency would like to use these posters/graphics as part of your outreach, please contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for being a part of keeping our public lands open to public uses