So fast forward, the law passed against the wishes of the DNR, and we just found out during our joint Snowmobile/ORV advisory committee that the ORV Advisory Committee was never asked for input or whether they supported it!
Talking to them now they did not support it because there was not any funding mechanism in the law for all of the inventory work.
SB 0280 gives the Legislature more power to pick some extra boat ramps, trail bridges and other parks/nature preserve infrastructure projects, which the NRTF pays for through oil and gas revenues.
would specify: “However, an individual may use a pack and saddle animal in an area in which public hunting is permitted to retrieve legally harvested large game, using the most direct route that does not enter a stream, river, or wetland except over a bridge, culvert, or similar structure.
** A new section 72117 would be added requiring the Department of Natural Resources, by December 31, 2018, to complete a comprehensive inventory of forest roads that are state roads.
At this time the DNR wants to see if there is an issue!
We have supplied them with information in certain areas that have been and will continue to be an issue of wheeled vehicles on a groomed trail.
FOREST ROAD INVENTORY; USE OF ORVS; AND USE OF PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS House Bill 5275 as introduced Sponsor: Rep.
Triston Cole Committee: Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Complete to 2-2-16 SUMMARY: The bill would amend Part 721 (trails and trailways) and Part 811 (off-road recreation vehicles) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), as follows.
The term “forest road” is defined elsewhere in NREPA to refer to “a hard surfaced road, gravel or dirt road, or other route capable of travel by a 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel conventional vehicle designed for road use.
Forest road does not include a street, county road, or highway.” The inventory would have to (1) identify the location, condition, and development levels of forest roads; and (2) determine types of motorized and non-motorized use currently restricted and the seasons during which they are restricted.
The bill would require that forest roads be open to motorized use by the public unless designated otherwise by the DNR.