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    Tread Lightly Logo

    Tread Lightly!, the national nonprofit supporting outdoor recreation, has launched the www.JoinTreadLightly.org URL to encourage increased membership in support of its 25th anniversary this year.

    JoinTreadLightly.org is a direct link to the organization’s new member page where individuals can sign up for a range of memberships from $25 to $250 per year.

    According to Tread Lightly!, 90% of funds raised go directly to supporting its mission of promoting responsible recreation through ethics education and stewardship initiatives.

    “Tread Lightly!’s work impacts both land and water and is representative of nearly every form of outdoor recreation,” says Lori McCullough, Tread Lightly!’s executive director. “Growing our member base is a priority that will help Tread Lightly! continue to expand our reach and do more good for the recreational activities that we all enjoy.”

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      Top 10 Places We Want To Ride

      With much of North America dealing with a snowy winter, many are longing for another chance to get out and ride without dealing with the bitter cold. While we can’t offer you a ride on a sun-soaked trail, we can tease you with a look at where we want to ride this year.

      We scoured our memory banks and old articles to come up with 10 places we hope to get a chance to visit in 2015 – and 2016, 2017, 2018…

      This is just a small taste test of the awesome riding destinations available to be explored, so if we missed anything don’t be offended; just tell us about it in the comments so we know where to go next time. This list is presented geographically, from east to west.

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        Rattlesnake Bay OHV Ribbon Cutting

        Photo credit: Dale Tallman Jr.

        Approximately 25 riders and supporters were on hand Saturday to celebrate the reopening of phase one of the Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails in Mississippi’s DeSoto National Forest, according to a report from the American Motorcyclist Association.

        Prior to Satorday’s reopening, these trails had been “temporarily” closed for more than 11 years. The Friends of Rattlesnake Bay off-highway-vehicle group joined U.S. Forest Service officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 9.5-mile section of trails.

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          Imperial Sand Dunes Volunteers

          It’s taken a lot of work from organizations like the American Sand Association (aSa) and many committed volunteers, but 40,000 acres of currently closed sand dunes are being reopened for off-road recreation.

          The aSa, in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, is looking for volunteers to start the process of removing the closure stakes in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Specifically, th small central closure near Gecko Campground and the 160 acres in Buttercup. According to the aSa, the Buttercup project will also call for assistance with the re-installation of the critical habitat closure near the US/Mexico border.

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            ATV Trails Reopened

            While the threat of ATV trails closing gets a lot of attention, we are very pleased to report that the U.S. Forest Service has reopened 31 miles of ATV trails in Mississippi. The Rattlesnake Bay ATV Trails are located in the DeSoto National Forest.

            Area riders can thank the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay, which worked to serve as a strong and unified voice for the trail users.

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