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5/4/05 Draft VI

  • (a)

    The policy of allowing ORV use on non-designated forest roads and trails, as well as the designated ORV system should continue in the UP

  • (b)

    A system of monitoring future impacts of this policy, particularly as it may impact the areas natural resources, must be developed

  • (c)

    Enforcement of current ORV regulations must continue as a high priority across the UP

  • (d)

    The DNR Director should work with the Forest Service, forest products industry and state forest managers to develop a consistent ORV policy across the UP

  • (e)

    Continued review and study of this deferral of the Lower Peninsula rules is not needed unless sparked by negative impacts seen in system monitoring as recommended above

The NRC unanimously supported these recommendations.

Public Act 111 of 2003 This act amended the ORV law to transfer the ORV Safety Education program back to the DNR from the Michigan Department of Education.

2003-2007 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan The current SCORP has seven priorities, each of which directly relates to this plan. The highest priority of the SCORP and of the DNR is resource conservation. This includes the restoration of environmental damage to public lands and waters and the implementation of best management practices on the public lands such as proper location and maintenance of recreation facilities such as ORV trails to safeguard the environment.

Other key priorities include providing motorized trail opportunities. The SCORP (DNR 2003:20) notes “User safety and social conflict reduction are key motorized trail challenges that can be met in part through additional, appropriate trails providing safer passage for trail users to goods and services. Securing long-term trail corridors …. is a priority of this plan”. Another priority is to provide universal access to outdoor recreation opportunity including ORV trails to enable the full range of Michiganians and visitors to enjoy outdoor recreation.

Additional priorities include improving the state forest recreation infrastructure (e.g. ORV trail system and attendant forest campgrounds), improving the state park infrastructure (e.g. Silver Lake ORV area), improve the range, quality and quantity of community outdoor recreation opportunities (e.g. additional local public ORV opportunities with willing local entities) and improved communications and coordination among recreation providers (e.g. improved, more regular assessment of the statewide ORV trail network and integrating state, federal and local ORV opportunities).

Overview of Michigan’s ORV Program This section provides information on the major aspects of the current ORV program. These include administration, trail maintenance and development, law enforcement, environmental damage restoration and safety education.

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