Recent ruling by the Attorney General
I want to share parts of a couple of e-mails I received recently from a friend in the ATV community. I will post more information as it becomes available, but this is not good news for our ATV friends. Please pardon the cut and paste approach, but he said it better than I could:
"5-2-06 4:16 p.m.
Attorney General Makes Ruling
Received a phone call from Representative Sheltrown’s office today, informing us that the Attorney General had made a ruling that no ORV’s may be operated on a county road unless, as I understand it, on an access route being part of the trail system.
Expect more details as they become available and options open to the ORV community."
And a follow-up this morning:
"RE: AG’s RULING
Disappointed in the ruling, but view it as an opportunity to fix things long past due.
We have seen the monkey business with the ORV Safety program, gonna do this and gonna do that and little happens.
We have seen legislation passed a decade ago that would give us a riding area in southern Michigan, didn’t happen.
We have seen the ORV Draft plan drag on and on, has no real mention of doing anything about a riding area in southern Michigan.
We have seen our sports experience tremendous growth in the past 5 years, with opportunity for additional recreation and economic benefit, that gets shot in the foot. Zero mention in the draft plan about economic benefit or mention of any economic study.
We have seen the DNR come to public meetings and plain lie about facts.
We are seeing more and more clear cutting in northern Michigan, but we as ORV folks are said to be doing great damage to the forest.
We can hear story after story of bias action towards ORV people by CO’s. The craziest is unloading your ATV on the frozen shore of a lake and getting a citation.
The next few days, weeks and months are going to very interesting! It is election year for every member of the House, and I believe, all in the Senate. There are over 250,000 of us, more than the UAW had in its heyday.
We are all going to have to ask ourselves how hard we want to work."
GLFWDA has been working on a questionnaire to be sent to our gubenatorial candidates asking their position on ORV and land use issues. It can easily be adapted for elections at the State Senate and House levels as well. I believe the letter is posted on the GLFWDA web site, but if you want it and can't get it, send me a PM.