Additional Evaluator Comments
Montmorency County has opened all county road shoulders which has led to illegal use of state forest land by ORVs.
in Section 11 of T31N, R3E and is currently in engineering stage. The farther north you go on the trail, the worse the maintenance (signing, brushing and treadway).
None Lots of illegal scramble areas and spur trails. These need to be blocked and restored. Lots of illegal riding in and around Black Lake SF campground, including between upper and lower units.
None Lots of user conflict stemming from both counties opening their road shoulders and the maze of designated ORV system, snowmobile trail and pathways in the area.
None Consider DNR Directors Order to prohibit ORVs in Lower Black Lake SFC and one to prohibit camping in designated parking lots within the Black Mountain Recreation Area. Post scramble area boundaries and rules. Continue blocking illegal trails and post signs designating appropriate use groups.
Numerous illegal hill climbs, trails and instances of road use. Have aggressively worked to correct and limit illegal use but use has dramatically increased in past decade. Hence, new problems continually arise.
Some conflict between ATVs and cycles. ATVs want wider, smoother trail, cycles more technically challenging. To separate have more heavily maintained (graded) north part of the system, favoring ATV while south part has been maintained to favor cycles.
On some years progress made by trail personnel is often overshadowed by new problems at other locations. In short, we often break even. The overall problem of managing a trail system of this size is money. We need more personnel to make contacts and issue violations, do rehab work and maintain adequate signage and trail conditions.
Numerous illegal spur trails, illegal road riding.
Area is habitat for Karner Blue butterfly – a federally endangered species. Conflicts with ORVs off trail on
Big Bear Black Lake
5/4/05 Draft VI