Preserve Our Public Lands for Future Adventurers

As offroad motorcycle riders we’re lucky to experience beautiful parts of our deserts and forests most are not able to see. Vast expanses, abundant wildlife, and amazing landscapes all present themselves in ways you may not have even imagined.  Unfortunately as we ride around exploring these areas, it becomes clear that not everyone thinks keeping our public lands clean and serene is important to our future.

 
While we hear many riders express concerns and annoyances over this matter, most that want to help just aren’t sure how. So we wanted to put together a bit of information to help you get in contact with groups that are helping navigate this challenging issue.
 
If you are in Central Oregon we are blessed to have the Public Land Stewards keeping our back yard clean. They are a group that organizes and funds cleanup and educational efforts to keep our public lands accessible and protected. You can find them here, https://plsbend.org/ , and reach out for more information if you’d like to help in any way.
 
If you’re not in this area and would like to find groups helping out near you then a simple google search should direct you to the proper resources. Here’s a general guideline of how to help:
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Taking Action: How to Make a Difference
 
  1. Local Environmental Conservation Groups: These organizations often conduct cleanup drives and environmental restoration projects. They can guide you on how to safely and effectively participate in cleanups.

  2. Homeless Advocacy and Service Organizations: Collaborating with groups that work directly with the houseless population can help address the root causes of long-term encampments on public lands.

  3. Municipal or County Waste Management Departments: They can provide information on legal waste disposal practices and might have programs in place to tackle illegal dumping.

  4. Local or State Parks and Recreation Departments: These government bodies are responsible for maintaining public lands and might already have initiatives to manage the issues of illegal dumping and houseless camps.

  5. Wildlife Conservation Societies: Since illegal dumping can severely impact local wildlife, these societies often engage in cleanup activities and habitat restoration.

  6. Community Groups: Being part of local community groups can help in organizing cleanup events and awareness campaigns.

  7. Educational Institutions: Universities and schools sometimes have programs or student groups dedicated to environmental and social issues, including public land conservation.

  8. National Environmental Organizations: Groups like the Nature Conservancy often have local chapters involved in various environmental issues, including land cleanup and conservation efforts.

  9. Volunteer Coordination Organizations: Organizations like VolunteerMatch can help you find local opportunities to participate in cleanup drives and other related activities.

We hope this helps connect you with others wanting to make a difference. By doing so we can together be stewards for the future of all recerational opportunites our public lands have to offer. We also urge you to check out the Blue Ribbon Coalition for more information on keeping motorized access open. Check them out here https://www.sharetrails.org/ .

 
See you on the trails! 

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