Get $250 for a Trail Improvement Project by your Outdoor Enthusiast Group.
ExtremeTerrain (XT) – aftermarket off-road parts specialist – heads into the summer of 2021 with a renewed commitment to trail clean-ups and stewardship projects via its Clean Trails Initiative (CTI) program.
Environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts will tell you that clean trails, camping areas and recreational sites in the great outdoors are the combined responsibility of all users both motorized and non-motorized.
With great power comes great responsibility, says ExtremeTerrain. The custom built, and modified, Jeeps and trucks we all love have an impact on the land they travel over. Even with careful use of things like winches and tow straps , trails can take a beating.
When 4×4 users wrap their aftermarket wheels in big, honkin’ 33+ inch off-road tires , or drag their skid plates on some ‘righteous’ rocks, the terrain can get chewed up. When they bounce around rocky terrain with no tops, or camp out for the night, they may leave some accidental trash behind.
ExtremeTerrain respects the integrity of the landscape we all live, drive and play on and strives to support leaving the trails better than we found them – the mission of the Clean Trails Initiative.
Clean Trails Initiative
The launched the Clean Trails Initiative program in 2015. Since then, they have provided over $50,000 in grants that assisted over 200 cleanups across the country.
The program supports local groups, clubs, and organizations with a donation of $250 to put towards an upcoming maintenance project of their choice.
The CTI program looks to bridge the gap between motorized and non-motorized outdoor enthusiasts. While originally designed with off-road and 4×4 clubs in mind, the initiative was expanded in 2018 to include non-motorized organizations like nature preserves, land trusts, public parks as well as hiking/biking trail maintenance groups.
NOTE: Some Texas based groups that have received grants include:
- Friends of Enchanted Rock
- Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
- McKinney Parks Foundation
- Austin Ridge Riders
- Friends of the Katy Trail
- Pines and Prairies Land Trust
Apply for a 2021 Grant
With summer fast approaching, XT wishes to congratulate its past CTI awardees and encourage new groups and organizations to apply for an award in 2021.
Trail enthusiasts can head to CTI’s Information page to review the program and requirements and submit a short online application. In addition, the grant page features a list of recent winners and the post-event photos they submitted showing their volunteers in action on recent projects.
Applications are reviewed regularly, and winners are notified directly by email with information on how to receive their award.
Learn more and apply here: https://www.extremeterrain.com/clean-trail-initiative-program.html
Wrangler and 4×4 groups and organizations, as well as those who manage publicly and privately owned trails are invited to apply for the grant. In addition, groups or organizations that manage projects to clean up and maintain nature preserves, walking/hiking trails and public parks are also welcome to apply.
To be considered, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- Organize or belong to a Wrangler/4×4 group/club with more than 5 members
- Organize or belong to an environmental organization/club with more than 5 members
- Own or work at a private or public off-road park
- Organize or belong to an OHV Organization with more than 5 members
- Organize a trail clean-up project with a dedicated 4×4/off-road purpose
- Proof of your affiliation with organization/club/park
- Must have a club or organization website (not a social media page)
- Must provide digital photo of trail improvement project
- Action shots of volunteers preferred!
- Completion of application form
- Organizations are eligible once per year up to two years
- Sign the eligibility waiver
- Tools needed for trail cleaning/restoration/expansion
- Food and non-alcoholic beverage for all volunteers
- Promotional materials used to attract volunteers
- Miscellaneous trail improvement expenses
ExtremeTerrain.com is a leader in aftermarket Jeep Wrangler, Gladiator, Toyota Tacoma and Tundra parts and accessories. Located just outside Philadelphia, PA, ExtremeTerrain provides Wrangler, Tacoma, and Tundra owners with fast shipping and enthusiast-level, award winning service, while also ensuring the conservation and protection of off-road trails. Visit http://www.extremeterrain.com.
(Extreme Terrain (XT) is a proud supporter of the non-profit organization Clean Trails. Their Clean Trails Initiative (CTI) is not a part of the non-profit’s program.)