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LP ATV

21

516 (70%)

213 (29%)

13 (1%)

742 (100%)

7 (33%)

3 (14%)

LP

12

162 (59%)

98 (36%)

16 (5%)

276 (100%)

4 (33%)

0 (0%)

Cycle UP ATV UP Route UP Total

5 5

12 (10%) 137 (87%)

34 (27%) 20 (13%)

80 (63%) 0 (0%)

126 (100%) 157 (100%)

0 (0%) 3 (60%)

0 (0%) 0 (0%)

23

390 (53%)

170 (23%)

176 (24%)

736 (100%)

7 (30%)

0 (0%)

LP Cycle

9

209 (61%)

82 (24%)

53 (15%)

344 (100%)

9 (100%)

0 (0%)

Route LP Total

42

887 (65%)

393 (29%)

82 (6%)

1,362 (100%)

20 (48%)

3 (7%)

System Total

65

1,277 (61%)

563 (27%)

258 (12%)

2,098 (100%)

27 (42%)

3 (5%)

5/4/05 Draft VI

  • (a)

    Does not include Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail or designated cycle or ATV trail on national forest land.

  • (b)

    Condition: good > 95% mileage meets maintenance; fair = 75%-95% mileage meets maintenance standards; poor < 75% mileage meets maintenance standards.

In total, the majority of the system mileage was in good condition. However, 39% needed specific improvement to reach good trail maintenance standards. Illegal uses were relatively common, with almost half the trails and routes reporting such concerns. Conflicts were uncommon with only one in twenty facilities having noted conflicts.

2004 Inventory and Evaluation As part of this planning process, during summer and fall 2004, DNR FMFM personnel inventoried, evaluated and provided trail-by-trail resource management plans using an instrument and methodology very similar to that developed in 1996. The assessment instrument is found in Appendix A. The FMFM trail analysts were critical to this effort as was the support of FMFM field leadership. In addition, trail managers in the Huron- Manistee National Forests inventoried and evaluated the portions of the designated system on national forest lands in the Lower Peninsula. This inventory, evaluation and the accompanying set of resource management plans is somewhat more inclusive than the 1996 inventory, as it includes all designated Forest Service motorcycle and ATV trails in the Lower Peninsula and three parts of the Michigan Cross Country Cycle on US Forest Service lands. The system has also grown slightly since 1996 and those additional trails/routes are included. The goal of this process was to clearly identify the designated trail/route system and its key infrastructure, evaluate the condition of the system and clearly state resource management plans designed to bring the entire trail system up to “good” condition. Good condition is defined as a trail or route meeting maintenance standards on more than 95% of its mileage. Those standards are fully defined in IC 1990 “DNR ORV Trail Improvement Fund Procedures Manual”, IC 1991 “DNR ORV Trail and Route Maintenance Handbook”and IC 3600 “DNR ORV Trail Maintenance Grant Application Information”.

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