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5/4/05 Draft VI

restoring environmental damage caused by ORV use to public lands. [MCL 324.81119 (5)]

The DNR’s resource management plan for the restoration of public lands has three categories of actions in priority order:

  • (a)

    reduce or eliminate erosion into any body of water

  • (b)

    restore damage in any designated roadless area, state natural river corridor or

federal wild and scenic river corridor (c) restore damage to aesthetically sensitive areas

Techniques to restore damage typically involve erecting barriers to exclude illegal ORV use (natural or human made), restoring typical soil characteristics (e.g. topsoil to an eroded hillside) and reseeding or replanting with appropriate seed mixtures or root stock to reduce erosion and restore native vegetation. This may be done at small discrete locations such as illegal hill climbs or on longer sections of illegal trail. On an illegal trail, native materials such as stone, brush or stumps may be used to bar entry to the illegal trail and the treadway is reseeded or prepared in a way to promote re-vegetation.

However, based on the initial Michigan state forest certification review, Michigan’s current efforts at restoration are not fully meeting the need for restoration. Reviewers found visible ORV damage to state forest land near and away from the designated trail system. Likewise, DNR forest recreation specialists, DNR trail analysts and conservation officers in the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula provided considerable photographic information on current public land ORV damage sites, including digital photos and GPS location data.

The DNR Forest, Minerals and Fire Management Division supplied data for recent trail maintenance and restoration grants (Table 1).

No. Orgs. Req.

Mntc. Grant $ Req.

No. Orgs. Rec.

Mntc. Grant $ Recom-

No. Orgs. Req.

Rest. Grant $ Req.

No. Orgs. Rec. Rest $

Rest. Grant $ Recom- mended

Mntc.

Mntc.

mended

Rest.

$ (b) 17

946,951

$ 17

916,060

$ 4

244 811

,

3

226,440

Table 1. ORV trail maintenance and restoration grants 2002-05 (a).

Year

2002- 03 2003- 04 2004- 05

22

1,189,358

15

900,800

7

342,478

4

253,930

20

1,134,569

16

863,619

4

262,506

3

184,766

  • (a)

    DNR counted as one organization, US Forest Service counted as one organization

  • (b)

    $ amount rounded to nearest dollar for all $ columns

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