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5/4/05 Draft VI

NLP State Parks

0

0

450

0

NLP National

488

0

15

0

Forests NLP Total

1,509

355

1,819

0

SLP Genesee County Park SLP Total

0

0

379

0

0

0

379

0

Region/Manager Trail miles (a)

UP State Forests

511

UP National

0

Forests

UP Total

511

207

0

2,376

0

0

7,000

207

0

9,376

355

1,315

0

NLP State Forests

1,021

Route miles (b)

Area acres

Road miles

State Total (c)

2,020

562

2,198

9,376

  • (a)

    Designated trails are two-way single track paths or ways capable of travel by a vehicle 50” in width or less. May be maintained to motorcycle trail specifications which are 24” at ground level, 40” at handlebar height, brushed 8’above ground level or to ATV trail specifications which are 50” at ground and handlebar height and brushed 8’ above the ground.

  • (b)

    Designated routes are two-way forest roads having a minimum width of 72”.

  • (c)

    In addition, it was noted that the Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail was 739 miles, but that much of it was composed of sections of forest and county roads that require road (Secretary of State) licensing. It was also noted that the majority of the trail system is maintained to motorcycle specifications.

This trail mileage encompassed a total of 56 designated trails on state forest land and 7 designated trails on national forest land. The number of routes were not provided, but they were designed not be a loop or long distance point-to-point routes, but rather to be a connectors between ORV trail loops using selected sections of state forest roads in the NLP where needed and suitable.

1996 Inventory, Evaluation and Resource Management Plan for the Designated System In 1996 the DNR contracted to have another inventory conducted of the designated ORV system that included evaluation of trail/resource conditions, user conflicts and illegal activities. The inventory was focused on the state forest portion of the designated trail system and the results were published in 1997 (Lynch and Nelson 1997).

The inventory focused solely on the designated system of trails and routes and did not include designated scramble areas or forest roads in the Upper Peninsula. It found that there were 71 trails/routes with 2,531 miles in the designated system, excluding some segments of the Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail (Table 6).

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