Tread Lightly!, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to proactively protect recreation access and opportunities in the outdoors through education and stewardship initiatives. Tread Lightly! provides outdoor ethics for all types of outdoor recreation-- everything from hiking to hunting to camping, with a special focus on motorized and mechanized recreation-- like four wheeling, motorcycling, snowmobiling, and boating.
MTGA is a non-profit organization that shall foster and facilitate the creation of an interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways for recreation, health, transportation, economic development and environmental/cultural preservation purposes.
Adopt-a-Forest mutual goals are to enhance enjoyment of public forest land by eliminating illegal dumping and to increase awareness of recycling opportunities for waste materials found.
The Adopt-a-Forest program goals are:
* Prevention through education
* Law enforcement
* Improved legal recycling and disposal options.
The program encourages volunteers--the program’s backbone--to clean up existing trash and to function as an "army" of educators.
You have reached the homepage of the Michigan Geocaching Organization (MiGO). The purpose of our organization is to promote the sport of Geocaching in Michigan via improved communications and to provide information to the public about our activities and the sport of geocaching. Please spend some time on our site. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or visit www.geocaching.com for more details.
Join MiGO Today!
Our free membership gives you many benefits. MiGO is one of the oldest
and most respected Geocaching organizations in the country. Since our
inception in April, 2002 we have grown both in size and stature. In
2007 we were granted an organizational land use permit by the Michigan
DNR. This permit is paid annually by MiGO and enables all our members
to place caches on permitted DNR lands at no fee. This is just one of
the many benefits of your free membership. You'll also become part of a
local and tight-knit Geocaching community with an active interest in
caching in our state. Our forums are very active and are a great place
to meet cachers and learn.
MTGA is a non-profit organization that shall foster and facilitate the creation of an interconnected statewide system of trails and greenways for recreation, health, transportation, economic development and environmental/cultural preservation purposes. Michigan is currently a national leader in trailway development, with over 2,000 miles of rail-trail and non-rail-trail corridors and growing fast! Did you know that over two-thirds of Michigan counties either have an existing trailway or are in some stage of developing one? Michigan currently ranks second in the nation for the most trailway mileage. MiGO members have numerous geocaches placed along many of those trails. MTGA is for the trail groups in Michigan as MPRA is to Park managers throughout the state. MiGO has already been asked by the Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail to set-up an informational booth for the grand opening of phase one of their newest section of trail in Canton on June 7th.
Check out the MTGA Trail-Finder program.
MTGA is the organization behind the Michigander Bike tour each year.
Today, in a special ceremony at the Troy REI store, before the store opened for daily business and with all the employees in attendance, Gary Scramling the President of MiGO accepted a $5000 check made out to the Michigan Geocaching Organization for a Grant from the 'REI Gives' program. Unbeknownst to MiGO, we had been nominated by a store employee for the volunteer work by Tom LePage (Cyclops) and a few others working with REI over the past couple of years. REI's corporate offices then asked all the non-profit groups that had been nominated to write a proposal and apply for this grant last October. In early January we were notified that MiGO had been chosen to receive the Michigan Grant.
Left to right: MiGO Compliance Officer Donna Scramling, REI store manager James Kimball, Clinton River Watershed Council President Dan Keifer and MiGO President Gary Scramling.
REI dedicates a portion of its operating profits to help protect and restore the environment, increase access to outdoor activities, and encourage involvement in responsible outdoor recreation. REI employees nominate organizations such as MiGO for projects and programs in which they are personally involved, to receive funding or gear donations. During 2006, REI granted $4 million to more than 430 non profit community partners.
MiGO's leadership put together a grant proposal for the money to be spent on various projects throughout the year. Much of these funds will be spent on tools and equipment, such as trash litter pickup tools for the MiGO chapters, and the new MiGO lending library, complete with GPS units, books, videos and classroom handouts. Other projects are in the works and will be announced as we put them together.
REI will be opening a new Michigan store in Ann Arbor this spring; they currently have a store in Northville and one in Troy, with over 80 around the US.