Ottawa National Forest Proposes OHV Route Additions and Closures

The Ottawa National Forest in Michigan announced that it is seeking public comments on the proposed Forest-wide Designated Motorized Use Project’s Environmental Assessment.

The proposal includes changes to motorized access designations on 568 miles of road across all Ranger Districts in Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron and Ontonagon Counties, Michigan. Specifically, the proposal includes “adding OHV access to approximately 315 miles of road that is currently open to highway legal vehicles only; opening 78 miles of road to motorized access that are currently closed; closing 54 miles of road to motorized use to protect resources; and reconstruction of a minimum of 37 miles of road to improve road conditions for access needs.”

Submit Comments

Comments should be submitted within 30 days from the publication of the legal notice in Ironwood, Michigan’s Daily Globe. It is important that OHV enthusiasts stay involved in the route designation planning process by contacting Forest staff!

Comments may be submitted to: comments‐eastern-ottawa@fs.fed.us (please put “Comments on Forest-wide Designated Motorized Use Project” in the subject line); or to: Linda L. Jackson, Forest Supervisor, E6248 US 2, Ironwood, MI 49938.

 

Additional Information

Ottawa National Forest Website

Ottawa National Forest Press Release

For further information, please contact Marlanea French-Pombier, Forest Planner, at mfrenchpombier@fs.fed.us or at (906) 932-1330, ext. 303.

About ARRA

Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA) was formed to ensure that Americans are not arbitrarily denied the right to responsibly experience and enjoy the public lands that belong to the citizens of the United States. The members of ARRA, which include horseback riders, personal watercraft users, off-highway vehicle and snowmobile riders, and vacationing families, have joined together to provide input on decisions regarding land use designation, recreation opportunities, and preservation. Its members seek responsible consideration of competing activities, which are based on sound environmental principles.

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