Talk about a win-win situation. Tread Lightly! is preparing for its annual charity auction, which will be held November 1 on

Bids will begin at as low as 60 percent off retail prices, we hear, and all the proceeds from the auction will help keep off-road trails in good condition.

"We have some innovative campaigns and programs in the works," said Lori McCullough, Tread Lightly!'s executive director, "and this auction -- our only major fundraiser of the year -- is key in helping move those initiatives forward."

The auction was moved from the spring to the fall to allow for some early holiday shopping. The most valuable item is the 2011 Grizzly 450 EPS ATV donated by Yamaha. A Gator CX utility vehicle from John Deere is also part of the auction.

For those who are interested in less expensive items, hunting supplies, powersports equipment, outdoor gear, and 4x4 accessories are also part of the eBay-based fundraiser.

If you miss the auctions on November 1, know that follow-up auctions will start later in November and December.

Direct from Tread Lightly!, here is a list of some items on the schedule for the November 1 charity auction -- see the complete listings at

  • Grizzly 450 EPS ATV from Yamaha
  • Gator CX Utility Vehicle from John Deere
  • Camping, Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Gear from Cabela's TeraFlex
  • SpeedBump Bumpstop Kit
  • M8000 Warn Winch
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Quadratec
  • Custom Signal(R) Mirrors from Muth Mirror Systems
  • $500 Gift Certificate to BDS Suspension
  • Bushwacker Flat Style Fender Flares for a Jeep XJ
  • $500 Gift Certificate to PIAA OE Driving Lights from West Coast Offroad
  • Winch Isolators from Daystar Products
  • Crush Proof, Water Proof Case from Off Road Trail Tools
  • The Ultimate Jeep Gift Basket from California Jeep Authority
  • Remote Control Rock Crawler from Ultimate Offroad LLC
  • XT-485 X-treme Jack from Hi-Lift
  • Seat Belt Pads from Jettrim