Bridger-Teton shares ATV safety message with young students
by Bridger-Teton National Forest
May 31, 2012
The Bridger-Teton National Forest, in partnership with the Wyoming State Trails Program, provided off-highway vehicle (OHV) safety education to Sublette County, WY elementary students this spring.
The work with the students is part of a joint effort to provide OHV safety awareness when riding and utilizing the Forest for their recreational pleasure.
Chris McNeil, Wyoming State Trails Safety and Education Coordinator, demonstrated proper all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding techniques and showed students what kind of safety gear a riders should wear. Tray Hall, Recreation Technician on the Bridger-Tetonís Big Piney Ranger District, discussed OHV ethics and Tread Lightly techniques to use when riding on public lands. The focus of these programs is to educate community youth on how to enjoy riding OHVís while protecting them, and protecting their public land for future use.
Children from the LaBarge and Big Piney Third and Fifth grade classes also took part in a Tread Lightly Essay contest. After watching a video on OHV Safety and Ethics, provided by Wyoming State Trails, students wrote a letter to the District Ranger in Big Piney explaining what they had learned and how they were going to try to make a difference. Two winners from each class were awarded ATV helmets provided by the Wyoming State Trails Safety and Education program.