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Old October 17th, 2008, 09:39 AM   #1
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The following is the latest press release on the recent ORV road shoulder issue.
if someone wants to copy and paste article here that would be great, I am not sure how to accomplish it.
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It's not beautiful, but here's the C/P.

Release Date: October 13, 2008
Last Update: October 13, 2008
DNR Promotes Safe and Responsible Use of Michigan's ORV Trail System
October 2, 2008
Michigan is known nationwide for its extensive off-road vehicle (ORV) trail system. More than 3,200
miles of designated trail routes and 2,198 acres of scramble areas are located throughout the state on
state- and federally owned forest lands.
Within Michigan's designated trail system, 24 percent are
designated and maintained for motorcycle use only, 50 percent
are designated for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
and 24 percent are designated as ORV routes -- open to ORVs
of all sizes, including trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.
In addition to the designated ORV trail and route system,
thousands of miles of state and national forest roads in the
Upper Peninsula are open to ORV operation.
But it's a new state law that allows northern Lower Peninsula counties the option of opening the far
right portion of their roads and/or streets to ORV travel that is the biggest change in state ORV policy
since the early 1990s.
Under the new law, only counties located in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula may
open their roads to ORVs. This includes Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Bay and any
county north of those counties. Huron, Midland and Isabella counties are not included. State and
federal roads and highways are not included.
"It is important for all ORV enthusiasts to know they may not legally operate their ORV on a public
street or road until the county, city, village or township approves a specific ordinance that allows it,"
said Steve Kubisiak, recreation and trails program coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources. "We encourage all riders to contact the counties direct to determine the status of local
ordinances."
Kubisiak said the new law also voided previous agreements
the DNR had with local governmental units in Cheboygan,
Presque Isle, Montmorency, Iosco and Ogemaw counties that
authorized existing state-designated trails to use county roads
in order to connect trails together.
"We are working with the counties to reestablish these routes
so trail users will know exactly where they may safely and
legally ride their ORV, particularly for those visitors who wish to
ride into town to purchase fuel, food or find a place to stay for
the night."
To assist ORV riders even further, the DNR has improved the
quality and availability of ORV maps, which can be accessed
on the DNR's Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr under Recreation, Camping & Boating.
"These maps accurately represent the current trail system and will help riders to stay on the trails,"
Kubisiak said.
Designated scramble areas include the Black Mountain Scramble Area in Cheboygan County, St.
Helen Motorsport Area in Roscommon County, Bull Gap Hill Climb in Oscoda County, Silver LakeState Park in Oceana County and the Mounds ORV Park in Genesee County.
Michigan's ORV trail program is 100 percent user pay, funded exclusively from ORV licenses fees. An
ORV license is required when an ORV is operated on public trails, roads, designated scramble areas
and frozen public waters. The fund is protected by the state constitution and may be used only to pay
for trail maintenance, new trail development, law enforcement, safety education, and restoration of
damage caused by illegal ORV use on public lands. A small percentage also is set aside for
administration.
The ORV trail maintenance program in Michigan is carried out by nonprofit clubs and public agencies
that receive grants from the DNR. These trail sponsors are responsible for grooming, signing and
brushing the trails.
"We rely on these partnerships to accomplish all of the on-the-ground work done by the groups who
apply for and are awarded grants," Kubisiak said. "Proper maintenance of the designated trails is a
vital component of the program."
The DNR spends approximately $1.6 million each year on the maintenance of existing designated
trails. In addition, the DNR annually spends about $400,000 on restoring damage caused by illegal
ORV use.
"Riding ORVs off designated trails and roads on public lands is
illegal and can seriously damage the environment," Kubisiak
said. "Riding through streams and wetlands can tear up the
stream bed, river bank or wetlands, causing loss of habitat for
fish and other aquatic wildlife species."
Riders should only cross streams where there is a bridge or
culvert, he said.
"Illegal hill climbs are another major problem," Kubisiak added. "Some riders just can't resist the
temptation to test their machines by climbing hills. This activity is okay if done in a designated riding
area or trail where the impacts can be monitored and managed, but it is illegal otherwise. Illegal hill
climbs create ugly scars and erosion on the forest landscape and can jeopardize future legal riding
opportunities on public lands."
Riders and other forest recreation enthusiasts who observe
illegal ORV use are encouraged to call the DNR's Report all
Poaching hotline at (800) 292-7800.
To help riders better understand what is safe and responsible
riding and what is not, the DNR has published The Handbook
of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws, which is available from
DNR Operations Service Centers and most ORV dealers. The
publication also may be found online at www.offroaded.
com/mi/handbook/laws.htm.
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I wanted everyone to know the state has it on their website that there are NO open road shoulders in Michigan. they also have it posted that only U.P. forest roads are open also, and nothing in the lower is open.
Please be sure to check where your riding when using road shoulders to avoid a ticket
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heres the page from the orv guide book
http://www.offroad-ed.com/mi/handboo..._use_other.htm

Quote:
ORV Operation on Other Lands

Roads, streets, and highways maintained for year-round automobile travel are closed to ORV operation, including the shoulder and right-of-way. (That is, the entire width between boundary lines of public ways maintained for vehicular travel is closed to ORVs.) However, ORVs registered as motor vehicles by the Secretary of State may be operated on the roadway.

Unless an ORV is licensed for highway use, it may not be operated on the roadway, shoulder, or right-of-way of a state, federal, or county road.
what I find funny is that they say its legal under the page before

http://www.offroad-ed.com/mi/handboo...e_national.htm

Quote:
ORV Operation on National Forest Lands

On all National Forests, motor vehicles can be used only on roads, trails, or areas that are designated as open. This includes all motorized wheeled vehicles from ATVs to street-legal vehicles.
I know it says national forests, but lots of county roads go through them. becarful as to not get tickets by knowing where you are.
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From the chairman of the MMRC (Michigan Motorized Recreation Council)


January 22, 2009



Out the door before 8:00 am, headed for a Hearing in Montmorency county, the cell rings just a few minutes down the road. Presque Isle county passed. We now have 20 and have topped the expectations of some of my closest associates.



Meeting was bit out of normal in Montmorency, we all respected each other and had some very, very healthy discussion even with the ORV anti’s. We all are beginning to realize, we have far more in common than we do in opposition. We have to manage 400,000 users in the interest of safety, environmental protection, recreational opportunity and economic benefit.



End of the meeting, Montmorency is going to move forward and adopt with some closures. Before I leave the building, I learn of two more counties that are ready to go and an invitation to speak at another.



Walk in the door at home and the phone is ringing, a county we have been having discussions with for over two years is ready to vote. Hit the message button, another county wants someone to come up and speak.



We know of two that are going to vote at their February meeting and possibly a third adopting in February.. One more county adopts and 25% of the counties in Michigan will have a favorable ORV ordinance. Two more adopt, 50% of the 43 counties eligible for PA 240 are on board.



Things are coming along rather nicely.
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Pat do you have a complete list of whats open to date?
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Pat do you have a complete list of whats open to date?
Somewhere amongst my e-mails, I will have to go look for it.
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