Travel only where permitted
Respect the right of others
Avoid streams, meadows, wildlife,etc.
Drive and travel responsibly
Travel only where permitted:
Obey rules and signs.Make sure the trail you plan to use is available for your type of vehicle.Resist the urge to CREATE new roads.Travel only on trails, roads, or land areas that are open to vehicles or other forms of travel. Make sure the trail you plan to use is available for your type of vehicle. Wide vehicles on narrow trails can damage both the trail and your vehicle. Taking shortcuts can destroy vegetation and cause others to use the unauthorized route.
Respect the rights of others:
Be courteous to other users who also want to enjoy the lands.Loud motors and noisy behavior are not acceptable. A quiet outdoor setting is more enjoyable. Be especially cautious around horses and hikers. Respect and be courteous to other users who also want to enjoy the lands you are using for your travels. Be considerate and honor their desire for solitude and a peaceful backcountry experience. Loud motors and noisy behavior are not acceptable and detract from a quiet outdoor setting: Give other recreationists the space and quiet you would appreciate. When driving,be especially cautious around horses or hikers. Pull off to the side of the trail, shut off your engine, and let the horses or hikers pass. In and around campgrounds, be sensitive to campers' need for a peaceful SAFE atmosphere.
Obtain a travel map. Learn about nature. Get permission to travel across private lands. Educate yourself check your map with the local autority and rights of way officer. On private lands, be sure to obtain the owner or land manager's permission to cross or use their lands. As you travel the country, comply with trail and road signs. Honor all gates, fences and barriers that are there to protect the natural resources, wildlife and livestock.
Avoid streams, meadows, wildlife, etc.:
Stay off soft, wet roads. Stay out of Wilderness Areas. They are closed to allvehicles.Cross streams only at designated crossings. Avoid sensitive areas at all times. In early spring and autom ,rains and snow typically saturate the ground making the soil surfaces soft.Improper vehicle use can cause damage to vegetation and ground surface. Stay on designated roadways and trails so that new scars are not established. Especially sensitive areas susceptible to scarring are streambanks, lakeshores and meadows. Cross streams only at fords where the road or tail intersects the stream. Traveling in a stream channel is unacceptable and causes damage to aquatic life. Hillside climbing may be a challenge, but once vehicle scars are established, other vehicles follow the same ruts and do long lasting damage. Rains cause further damage by washing deep gullies in tire ruts. Permanent and unsightly scars result. In deep snow stay clear of game, so that vehicle noise and close proximity does not add stress to animals struggling to survive.
Drive and travel responsibly:
Take it slow, there are a lot of things to see in the great outdoors. Avoid running over young trees, shrubs, and grasses. Obey gate closures, fences, or barrier restrictions. Drive and travel responsibly to protect the forest that you enjoy. You enjoy the outdoors for a number of good reasons.do all you can to help protect the lands that mean so much to you.
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