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5/4/05 Draft VI

St. Helens

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Tin Cup

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Tomahawk

Lots of illegal spur

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Creek trails. Montmorency County has opened up county road shoulders, which has led to illegal use of adjacent state forest lands. Illegal trails throughout area. Lack of trailhead encourages non-SOS vehicles on county roads and forest trails. Tomahawk Recommend decommissioning of the loop leaving the cut across the segments in Tomahawk C. Maybe replace the lost mileage in the form of more cut across trails in B and A loops. Could widen A, B or C to accommodate more traffic by cycles and ATVs. (a) Gladwin North ATV Trail was not rated as it was already closed for major renovation at the time of the assessment. Key challenges included wet sites, whooped out trail. Renovations in progress include a significant amount of boardwalk, some rerouting and grading. None. Low use.

Trail/Route (a)

Illegal Use

addressed.

Conflicts

Additional Evaluator Comments

In total, 44 (54%) of designated ORV trails/routes currently open had reported illegal uses. This is up from 42% of the trails having reported illegal use in 1996 (Table 6). Illegal uses appear to differ by region. For example, in the UP, illegal uses are most likely to be spur trails being created off designated cycle and ATV trails to enhance access to hunting and fishing locations. In the Lower Peninsula there is a much greater variety of illegal activity including illegal spur trails leading to illegal hill climbs and scramble areas, riding in wetlands or on lake/river shorelines, riding roads near trails only open to Secretary of State licensed vehicles and cutting between campgrounds and other recreation/service facilities appears more common. This suggests that additional education to focus on unwitting violators and additional enforcement to target knowing violators should be provided. In addition, effective restoration of illegal hill climbs that both blocks access to such sites and restores their environmental integrity should be undertaken.

Managers reported conflicts on 20 (25%) of designated ORV trails/routes. This is a higher proportion than the 5% of trails/routes with reported user conflicts in 1996 (Table

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