Cook County ATV Club members are encouraged to submit comments on the current DNR rulemaking revision. The DNR is looking at changes to its rules abut the use of public lands, state parks and waysides.
NOW is the time to comment to let the DNR know that trails & routes for ATVs should be connected to campgrounds and services. The deadline is July 25.
Please send comments to: DNR Parks & Trails Rulemaking, 500 LaFayette Road, Box 39,, St. Paul MN 55155. or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DNR Parks and Trails Rulemaking
Attn: Rebecca Wooden
500 Lafayette Road, Box 39
St. Paul MN 55155
Re: Minnesota rulemaking regarding recreation use of state parks, DNR Parks and Trails
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the DNR rulemaking process. I look forward to seeing the DNR’s changes to parks and trails policies
I am an avid ATVer, camper, hiker, boater, snowmobiler and outdoors enthusiast. I encourage the DNR to remove restrictions on motorized use on our public lands wherever possible, especially for all-terrain vehicles. I know of many DNR campgrounds around the state that are not being used because ATVs are not welcome. These campgrounds, especially those near ATV trails or routes should be opened to ATV traffic.
Rules governing state trails should be modified to include ATVs wherever possible. Forest “routes” that are open to a variety of traffic should be clearly defined in the rules as open to ATVs. We need these forest routes to make connections to various trails and to services.
The rules should include the definition of OHV and the riding age requirements in accordance with other Minnesota statutes.
The DNR should try to make the rules for all state recreation areas, wayside rests and state parks consistent. The majority of ATVers are responsible and follow the regulations, however, different rules is different areas causes confusion.
Thanks again for the opportunity to comment. I look forward to being able to bring my ATV on my next camping adventure.