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Old September 4th, 2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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Default Forest roads in Markey Township closed by Michigan DNR

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MARKEY TOWNSHIP — The state of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources has closed off two forest roads in Markey Township, stating in a report that the roads “are excess to the needs of the Department.”
Steve Anderson, unit manager for the DNR’s Roscommon Management Unit, said the two trails that have been closed off did not lead to anywhere in particular.
“There was lots of dumping on them, and they did not connect to any other trails, so they were closed permanently,” he said.
In a July 13 memo to DNR Director Rebecca Humphries, DNR staff recommended closing the roads because they “receive heavy local use by conventional vehicles during dry summer conditions, and illegal use by ORVs (off-road vehicles). This excessive use is contributing to the erosion of hilly sections of the roads.”
Anderson said the process of closing a road or trail begins when the unit manager submits a road closure form specifying what road is to be closed, along with a map, location, and photos, to a team of officials. That team is comprised of a fisheries biologist, law enforcement supervisor, wildlife biologist, and parks division supervisor.
If that form is approved, it is then sent to an Ecoteam, which Anderson said is comprised of supervisors from different DNR divisions. If the Ecoteam approves, then the Unit Manager writes up a memo of recommendation. The matter is sent to the state DNR headquarters in Lansing, who in turn sends the information to representatives of Native American tribes for a 90-day review period.
If no issues arise during that period, the matter is placed on the Natural Resources Commission’s agenda as an information item for one month, so the commission and the public can review it. If the commission approves the matter, it then goes to the DNR Director for signature.
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I don't like the sounds of an "ecoteam". I still don't like the fact that they say we can't go to a certain part of our land. Who pays these people? They seem to have forgotten.
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I don't like the sounds of an "ecoteam". I still don't like the fact that they say we can't go to a certain part of our land. Who pays these people? They seem to have forgotten.
These are the same people that are selling our campground to fund their jobs
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"Their needs" ? How about our needs?
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I read somewhere they are going to do that with our national parks too. How has the DNR managed to be so f'd up?

A good friend of mine and his bro-in-law had some land they were thinking about making a subdivision on. Well, come to find out the DEQ said it may be a wetland. The DNR soon said it was but was willing to buy the land and gave them a price. They went back to the DEQ and asked them if they wanted to buy it. They did for almost 3x as much as the DNR would pay. Needless to say, SOLD!!

That just goes to show how much the left hand knows what the right hand is doing. This should have never happened and I am curious if it would have if the 2 were still together (DNR/DEQ). Plus I wonder if by some miricle they would be able to actually save some $$ if they merged again?
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Steve Anderson, unit manager for the DNR’s Roscommon Management Unit, said the two trails that have been closed off did not lead to anywhere in particular.
They meander through the woods. Some people are into that.

It never occurred to these genius' to develop and improve the tracks/trails near the campgrounds to attract users and increase the number of fees.

Or maybe a little "real law enforcement" catching the dumpers.
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That's a bummer. I just recently found a place to stay up there, closer to Higgins lake, and I was looking forward to getting acquainted with all the off highway scenery in that area.
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In a July 13 memo to DNR Director Rebecca Humphries, DNR staff recommended closing the roads because they “receive heavy local use by conventional vehicles during dry summer conditions, and illegal use by ORVs (off-road vehicles). This excessive use is contributing to the erosion of hilly sections of the roads.”
So, they are recommending roads that we close roads that are used? That's seems counterintuitive, but that would fit in with the DNR.
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Make sure that you same guys who are bitching and moaning about these road closures, that you contact

dist103@house.mi.gov

with your e-mails and tell them [ Representative Joel Sheltrown and his aid--Brady ]

that you will NOT support their new and upcoming legislation to raise ORV stickers to 30.50 and yet another 6.00 fee per year for registration of all ORV's.

These idiots are jerking us around with our current 16.25 ORV sticker fee's by wasting and mismanaging these $$ and now they want MORE of our $$ without first correcting the exsisting problems that we've had for YEARS?

Also contact the Speaker of the House

andydillon@house.mi.gov

and let him know that very soon, Rep Joel Sheltrown will be seeking legislation in front of him for a increase in ORV sticker fee's and that you would like for the Speaker of the House to turn this newly proposed legislation down.

If YOU do NOTHING and dont send in your e-mails, than dont complain when next years ORV stickers are 30.50 and an additonal 6.00 registration per year.
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