Forum Index
Jeep Horizons HomeLinksJeep Horizons Tech Write-upsJeep newsLand useContact

 Watched TopicsWatched Topics   FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

3 Things All Jeep Enthusiasts Should Do

Post new topic   Reply to topic     Forum Index -> Land Use Issues
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Get Bent

Joined: 01 Nov 2005

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:44 pm    Post subject: 3 Things All Jeep Enthusiasts Should Do Reply with quote

Here's a quick Land Use article I wrote a long time ago, before I was really posting on this forum. Just thought I'd post it here as well, for those who haven't seen it before:


3 Things All Jeep Enthusiasts Should Do

We, the American People, collectively own well over 600 million acres of land, which by some estimates is nearly 40% of the total American land mass. These public lands are managed by:

• The U.S. Forest Service (FS)
• The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
• The U.S. National Park Service (NPS)
• and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

It is my belief, as well as that of those governmental management agencies, that no singular type of recreation is exclusively appropriate for all public land, but rather that there are many types of valid recreational activites, and that within the vast public land holdings there are at least SOME areas which are appropriate and legal for motorized recreational OHV use. But RECREATIONAL MANAGEMENT is a must! It‘s good for everyone because it specifies which of those areas are appropriate for what kinds of recreational use, minimizing user conflicts and ensuring that no one has their chosen recreational experience “ruined” by anyone else.

As Jeep 4x4 enthusiasts, we should be doing THREE (3) things to improve our public image, especially with the folks we share our trails with:

Make sure our image isn't dominated by the few “bad apples” out there. If you see someone doing something that’s wrong (for example, driving off the trail), TELL THEM! 9-times-out-of-10, they probably don’t even know it’s wrong!

And if YOU want to know what’s “right” and what’s “wrong”, consult your handy-dandy TreadLightly! guidebook, which you should carry in your Jeep. If you don't already have a TreadLightly! guidebook, go to their website and order one (or several, and give them out to your wheelin buddies and fellow club members); the guidebook is FREE and full of great info.

If you see other non 4x4 users on a trail, be as courteous as humanly possible.

Give them the right of way.

If they’re on horseback, shut off your engine so you don't scare the horses!

Basically, make sure that the NON-JEEPERS you meet on the trails have a POSITIVE experience dealing with us.

That means support the organizations that support us.

If you haven’t already, join the Blue Ribbon Coalition. Join Tread Lighty. Join United 4WD. They only exist because of the MONEY they get from the membership dues we pay.

And for heaven’s sake, JOIN the ARRA (it’s free!) and take part in their email letter campaigns; because every letter you send counters a complaint letter that some other upset user or radical Environmentalist sent to try and close our trails.


BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC)


United Four Wheel Drive Association (UNITED)

Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA)

- Duane Smith
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic     Forum Index -> Land Use Issues All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Visit for write-ups, forums and clubs

Jeep®, Wrangler, Cherokee, Liberty and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler LLC. is not in any way associated with or endorsed by the Chrysler LLC.
All other content is copyright Jeep Horizons 2004-2008.
Tech write-ups Links Discussion board Land use News Site Map Terms of Use

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group