Minnesota:Final route designation for White Earth State Forest

Effective Dec. 31, 2009, all state forest lands located both inside
and adjacent to the White Earth State Forest will be classified as
limited, which means that forest roads will remain open, but trails
will be closed to OHV use unless posted (signed) open. However, most
of the inventoried routes in the forest remain available seasonally
for hunter/trapper use, under state law.

Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) has approved the final forest classification and route
designation plan for the White Earth State Forest, located in portions
of Becker, Clearwater and Mahnomen counties in northwestern Minnesota.
The plan was developed in response to a legislative directive to
re-examine vehicle use in all 58 state forests. The DNR worked closely
with county and tribal resource managers in developing the plan, which
improves consistency across forestland ownerships in the region. “The
purpose of the plan is to protect resources and to provide places for
both off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding and non-motorized use,” said
Mike Carroll, DNR Northwest regional director. Under this plan, 38
miles of state forest roads will be officially designated, as will 11
miles of hunter walking trails and almost two miles of OHV trails.
Another five miles of unsustainable routes will be immediately closed.
No changes are planned to area snowmobile trails. “Every effort was
made to retain traditional motor access into the area, subject to
forest management objectives and environmental protection
considerations,” explained Carroll.”

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