If you ride in Michigan you’re probably aware of the abundance of state forest roads and trails which are currently not legal to ride with an ORV.  You may even be one of the lucky ones to receive a $100 ticket for riding on what looks like a perfect ORV trail…

Well if you haven’t already heard, a new law enacted last year will open all of those roads to ORV traffic in January of 2018 UNLESS THE DNR (Department of Natural Resources) CHOOSES TO CLOSE THEM!

The passing of this law is a huge win for our sport and the state’s economy, but the work isn’t over!  The Michigan DNR has completed their inventory of trails in the northern lower peninsula and is currently taking online comments on the situation and we need you to show your support to make sure we all gain our rightful access to these areas!

What can you do?

Click this link to get to a map of the DNRs proposal (which looks very good for us!), and then follow the directions to comment in support of opening these roads.  You can comment specifically on certain sections of trails, or just simply comment in general support of allowing as much access as possible!  If you’re having trouble, try a different web browser.

https://midnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ffe1b197f0754606b8f62493a28f08ac

 

You can also attend any of three public meetings to provide feedback:

  • Monday, June 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Quality Inn, 2980 Cook Rd., West Branch
  • Tuesday, June 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
    Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, 6087 M-115, Cadillac
  • Wednesday, June 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
    Jay’s Sporting Goods, 1151 S. Otsego Ave., Gaylord

Or send an email to [email protected]

 

Let’s make sure the DNR knows we are in support of their work to open these roads, and how important it is to our growing sport and local economies!

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