Promoting Responsible Outdoor REcreation
The responsible access to and use of our parks, public lands, and wilderness areas is critical for the long-term health of our great outdoor spaces.
As part of our Conservation and Natural Resource management focus, the Emergency Response Team partners with various organizations to promote safe, responsible, and engaging recreation opportunities across the country - including the rehabilitation of areas designed to be wheelchair and ADA accessable.
Access for All
Responsible recreation means allowing access for all Americans, regardless of disability.
Here, Members rehabilitate walkways in Montana's Sheepshead Picnic Area in order to ensure those with special functional needs can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
The Emergency Response Team has been crucial in the creation and upkeep of many bridges, both in wilderness areas and in and around campsites.
Bridges allow us to enjoy stunning natural scenery without disturbing the river habitat below. This is especially important if the river is part of the home of an endangered species, as was the case with this bridge pictured.
Camping in already established campgrounds reduces our ecological footprint on otherwise sensitive sites.
The Emergency Response Team engages in campground maintenance, like fence building, in order to ensure that these sites remain safe, functional, and attractive for future users.
Trail Building and Maintenance
Trails and green ways are an important aspect of any community or natural space. Trails encourage people to enjoy natural areas while reducing the impact on wild spaces. The Emergency Response Team has assisted in building and maintaining a variety of wilderness trails, including biking, horseback riding, hiking, ATV, snowmobile and ski trails.
This trail was created by Emergency Response Team members in conjunction with one of our partners, the Ozark Trail Association.