Michigan friends, we NEED your help!

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 DNR-RoadInventoryProject@michigan.gov

 

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!

2 Comments on "Michigan friends, we NEED your help!"

  1. Michael S Hardy | June 14, 2017 at 4:20 pm | Reply

    Hi I am in 4 clubs that do ride’s for MS, Cancer ,are vet’s and so many more we bring in money to the town’s and the chairities. That help so many people but we need more trails and roads to get around .I know some think we tear it up but know we’re near what the loggers do on State land . We all pay are taxes for this land and I for one want the right to use it and injoy the beautiful sites would love it more if you would open your rustic camp grounds to ORV / ATVs as well would make more money for the DNR and put to use these camp grounds that are not being used so you don’t have to close them would also give clubs a point to meet there trails at to get thought Michigan and we. Could ride an camp are way across are great state thank you

  2. Jason Vanlandingham | December 10, 2017 at 11:17 am | Reply

    Do you happen to have an update on if the trails will be open? Maybe a link of the info

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