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5/4/05 Draft VI

UP Cycle

9 (a)

136(47%)

151(53%)

0(0%)

287 (100%)

UP ATV

9 (b)

167 (60%)

110 (40%)

0 (0%)

277 (100%)

UP Route

5

169 (100%)

0 (0%)

0 (0%)

169 (100%)

Total UP

23

472 (64%)

261 (36%)

0 (0%)

733 (100%)

LP Cycle

14 ( c)

459 (79%)

120 (21%)

0 (0%)

579 (100%)

LP ATV

28 (d)

625 (57%)

441 (40%)

38 (3%)

1104 (100%)

LP Route

17 (e)

259 (90%)

22 (7%)

8(3%)

289 (100%)

Total LP

59

1343(68%)

583(30%)

46(2%)

1972(100%)

Total State

82

1815 (67%)

844(31%)

46(2%)

2705 (100%)

  • (a)

    Fair: Brevort-Trout Lake Cycle Trail, Newberry-Rexton Cycle Trail, Sliver Creek Cycle Trail.

  • (b)

    Fair: Norway ATV Trail, Pine Ridge ATV Trail, Two Hearted ATV Trail.

  • (c)

    Fair: Bummer’s Roost Cycle Trail, MCCCT Cadillac (FS), Meadows MCCCT (FS), Red Bridge Cycle Trail.

  • (d)

    Fair: Atlanta ATV Trail, Black Lake ATV Trail, Bull Gap ATV Trail, Gladwin South ATV Trail, Hunt Creek ATV Trail, Huron ATV Trail, Meadows ATV Trail, Mio ATV Trail. Poor: Gladwin ATV Trail N.

  • (e)

    Fair: Black Lake Route, Red Bridge Route. Poor: Tomahawk Route.

The most visible change in the system is that only two trails/routes comprising less than 2% of the system (46 miles) were rated in poor condition in 2004 compared to 258 miles of trail/route (12%) in 1996. While the proportion in fair condition was slightly higher in 2004 than in 1996, by the nature of a fair rating, these trails/routes are easier to bring to good condition as less mileage needs to be upgraded. Considering trails/routes that need to be upgraded, a higher percentage of mileage in the Upper Peninsula is rated as fair than in the Lower Peninsula. This is particularly true of motorcycle trails in the UP where more than half the mileage is rated fair. In the Lower Peninsula, ATV trails have the highest percentage of miles with a rating below good.

reported culverts and 50% of the reported bridges, yet provide only 6% of the state’s designated trail/route mileage (excluding the MCCCT).

2102 (100%)

Comparing the condition of the system in 2004 to 1996, it is apparent that FMFM and Forest Service personnel assess the system in overall better condition, although there may be individual trails/routes in 2004 that are in worse condition than 1996 (Table 8).

258 (12%)

Table 8. Rated condition of designated ORV system by type and region in Fall 2004 and comparison to system rating in fall 1996 (Lynch and Nelson 1997).

563 (27%)

1277 (61%)

Region/Trail

Number

Mileage (%)

Mileage

Type

Trails/

Good

(%) Fair

Total Mileage

Fall 2004 Total State Fall 1996

65

Routes

Mileage

(%) Poor

(f)

27

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