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Message To Outdoor Enthusiasts: Respect Private Property 

A national non-profit organization has a message for folks who ride off road recreational vehicles. They’re trying to get them to respect private property. The group, called “Tread Lightly,” held a class Sunday at Friend and Friend in Orono. They want to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education. Organizers fear that if riders don’t start respecting private property they will face more and more closures.The 8 hour course is designed to educate people on how to behave when they’re riding their off road vehicles on other people’s property.Steve Salisbury is the business manager at Friend & Friend in Orono. He was the instructor for the courese. He says this is becoming a very big problem. “Well it’s certainly been a big issue,” says Salisbury, “anyone who follows the news knows that the problems with ATV’s and four wheel drives going off road is a big issue. But actually it goes beyond that with mountain bikes and hikers if they don’t respsect land owners property and leave it better than they found it there may be some issues with closures.”Tread Lightly will offer one more class in Maine in the coming weeks. Reynolds Motor Sports in Buxton will host the course on March 14th. For more information you can check out their website.www.treadlightly.org.