We know you are enjoying the 2020 political climate and electioneering (smile), but in all seriousness, this reminds us how important it is to never lose sight of the fact that our public lands belong to us — the public. So we bring you this Del Albright flashback from 2017. As stewards of our lands, let’s keep motorized recreation alive and well by remembering that our lands are in our hands. Please do your part.
I can find no better way to express how important it is for the Modern Jeeper to never forget that these are “our lands; in our hands.”
America is ours. Our roads, trails and interesting places to explore are OUR history and our right to enjoy. Now, of course, we MUST do it responsibly. But we must all do our part to keep our lands in our hands.
It is all about land stewardship – meaning the caring, responsible management and use of our lands. If we motorized recreationists do not take care of, adopt and be responsible for our lands and our playgrounds, “they” will be glad to take them away from us.
Being a good steward is founded on a few key principles.
- Always set the example and wheel responsibly.
- Follow the rules and obey the laws.
- Pack out your trash.
- Be courteous to others, and different trail users.
- Do not “be the drip” by letting your jeep be the one leaking fluids.
- Join “friends” groups or adopt-a-trail clubs that work on your favorite trails.
- Donate to and join organized recreation groups.
If we all thought of our public lands and wheeling areas like our own back yard, I think we would have a new level of respect for those lands. That is what we need to do if we still want to be modern jeepers down the road. Just remember, these are our lands; in our hands.
More on getting involved in landuse here.