5/4/05 Draft VI
Administration The overall ORV program is administered by the DNR through the Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division (FMFM). This recognizes that 86% of the designated ORV trail/route system and the majority of the ORV area system is on state forest lands. Day- to-day management responsibility is assigned to the State Motorized Trail Coordinator in FMFM. ORV program grants are administered through FMFM and the DNR Office of Grants, Contracts and Customer Systems (GCACS). ORV licensing is administered by GCACS and ORV safety education is administered by the DNR Law Enforcement Division and GCACS.
Trail Maintenance and Development Annually, not less than 50% of the ORV Trail Improvement Fund shall be distributed in the form of grants for the purpose of planning, improving, constructing, signing and maintaining ORV trails, areas and routes and access to those trails, areas and routes, the leasing of land, the acquisition of easements, permits or other agreements for the use of land for ORV trails, areas, and routes, to public agencies and non-profit incorporated clubs and organizations. [MCL 324.81119 (1)]
Non-profit organizations and units of government, including federal (US Forest Service), state (Michigan DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management and Park and Recreation Divisions) and local units all are involved in trail maintenance. Maintenance must meet standards enumerated in IC 1990 “ORV Trail Improvement Fund Procedures Manual”, IC 1991 “DNR ORV Trail and Route Maintenance Handbook” and IC 3600 “ORV Trail Maintenance Grant Application Information”. These standards focus on trail clearance and signage. Trail clearance standards are:
(a) Motorcycle trails cleared to 24” width at ground level and 40” from handlebar height up to 8’
ATV trails cleared to 50” width from ground level up to 8’
ORV routes cleared to 72” width from ground level up to 8’
Trail sign standards involve stop signs, stop ahead signs, mixed traffic signs, triangular confidence markers, triangular guide signs (type of trail i.e. visual depiction of Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail, Motorcycle Trail, ATV Trail or ORV Route), directional guide signs (directional arrows with the type of trail written below the arrow), information signs (includes “you are here maps” and trailhead signs with trail name, distances, emergency phone numbers, etc.) and street licensing notice (when Secretary of State licensing is required). The DNR sign policy (Sign Manual: Department of Natural Resources, 1984), for all trails (motorized and non-motorized) is to require a trail by trail sign plan. This has not been done in the ORV program.
Environmental Damage Restoration Annually, not less than 12.5% of the ORV Trail Improvement Fund shall be distributed in the form of grants to public agencies and non-profit incorporated clubs for the purpose of