Please help prevent erosion and soil compaction by staying on designated riding areas. Driving on the meadows creates ruts or channels that water flows through, removing topsoil and creating scars that last many lifetimes. Delicate meadow plants can be damaged, leaving less forage for wildlife and leaving the soil unprotected. When riders drive through the trees and around them in circles the soil becomes compacted, depriving root systems of water and air, this will eventually kill the tree.