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Feedback Sought on Off-road Vehicle Access to UP Forest Roads

Michigan officials are inviting public feedback on an inventory that designates Upper Peninsula forest roads as either open or closed to off-road vehicles. Michigan officials are inviting public feedback on an inventory that designates Upper Peninsula forest roads as either open or closed to off-road vehicles. | 

Updated: April 25, 2018 10:17 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan officials are inviting public feedback on an inventory that designates Upper Peninsula forest roads as either open or closed to off-road vehicles.

An online map with the proposed classifications will be available for viewing May 1. People can make comments on the map about particular road segments.

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The Department of Natural Resources has spent months mapping the region's state forest roads. They provide access for activities such as habitat improvement, timber management and fire control. They also offer public access for hunting, fishing, hiking and outdoor recreation.

They've historically been open to ORV use and will remain so during the classification period. The department says some might be closed to prevent user conflicts and protect environmentally sensitive areas.

Any changes would take effect in January 2019.

Meetings are set for:

  • Monday, May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Houghton - Ballroom, Memorial Union at Michigan Technological University, 1503 Townsend Drive
  • Tuesday, May 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Marquette - Marquette Township Community Center, 1000 Commerce Drive
  • Wednesday, May 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. CST - Iron Mountain - Fornetti Hall, Bay College West Campus, 2801 U.S. 2
  • Thursday, May 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Newberry - McMillan Township Hall, 405 Newberry Ave.

Comments also will be accepted via email to DNR-RoadInventoryProject@michigan.gov or by mail to ATTN: DNR Roads Inventory Project, 1990 U.S. 41 South, Marquette, MI 49855. The initial comment period will close June 15, 2018.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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