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5/4/05 Draft VI

Red Bridge

7

0

Fair

0

0

0

13

St. Helen

19

0

Good

0

0

0

20

Tin Cup

20

1

Good

0

0

0

10

Tomahawk

15

1

Good

0

0

0

22

Culve rts

Bridges

Boardwalks

0

0

0

Creek Tomahawk LP Routes

8 289

0 13

Poor 14 (Good) 2 (Fair) 1 (Poor)

0 2

0 5

0 0

2 340

LP TOTAL

1972

66

43 (Good) 14 (Fair) 2 (Poor)

19

38

17

1730

Trail /Route

Mile -age

Desig - nated Trail- heads

Condition (a)

Hills Old State House

12

1

Good

Road and Pathway Cross- ings

14

SYSTEM TOTAL

2705

90

60 (Good) 20 (Fair) 2 (Poor)

349

122

42 + 2000’

2347

  • (a)

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

  • (b)

    Gladwin North ATV trail is closed due to poor condition and no evaluation was made of culverts, bridges, boardwalks or crossings as extensive changes due to re- routes, new boardwalk, etc. are being examined in current engineering feasibility studies.

It is clear from the inventory that the trail system has matured from the situation documented in 1996. Field personnel report the trail system has 90 designated trailheads, creating a considerable infrastructure maintenance responsibility. In addition, 21 of the 81 trails/routes (26%) need to be upgraded to reach good condition. In terms of on-trail infrastructure beyond trailheads, 349 culverts, 122 bridges, thousands of feet of boardwalk and 2,347 road and pathway crossings require additional regular inspection, maintenance and signage. As is also clearly demonstrated above, this infrastructure maintenance burden is not evenly distributed among trails. For example, Forest Islands, an ATV trail in the Upper Peninsula, was rated in poor condition in the 1996 inventory and evaluation. Resource management plans were implemented that called for an extensive boardwalk system to protect erodible soils and surface waters in this wet site. Today, there is a boardwalk system with an estimated 2,000 feet (1/3 of a mile) on this one 33-mile trail. Another example is the six UP ORV routes, which have 94% of the

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