Minnesota DNR Invites Public Comment on Cook County ATV Trail Proposal

Comments are due by Monday, February 25, at 4:30 p.m.

January 24, 2013 – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to review and comment on a proposal to authorize grant-in-aid trail funding for the 16-mile Cook County All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Trail in Tom Lake area of Grand Portage State Forest in northeastern Minnesota.

Cook County will sponsor the proposal and will provide trail development and maintenance in cooperation with the Cook County ATV Club.

Located in the Grand Portage State Forest, the trail follows existing forest access routes, minimum maintenance roads and forest system roads. The route was designated for ATV use in 2007 as part of the DNR’s comprehensive, multi-year state forest classification and designation process.

Adding the existing trail to the grant-in-aid system qualifies it for additional resources and funding that can be applied to trail signs, maintenance, monitoring and repair. The trail will be managed for ATV use, although it will also be open for horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and hunting in the summer. In winter, the trail can be used for skiing, snowmobiling and dog-sledding. It may be closed at times for safety or to prevent erosion or trail damage.

Copies of the proposal and accompanying project map are available for review at www.mndnr.gov/input. To request a printed copy of the proposal, contact Kevin Johnson, assistant area supervisor, DNR Parks and Trails Division, 218-834-1431, or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free 888-646-6367.

Comments should be sent by 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 25, via e-mail to kevin.g.johnson@state.mn.us, fax to 218-834-6639, mail to Kevin Johnson, 1568 Highway 2, Two Harbors, MN 55616

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