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Off-Highway Vehicle Management in Minnesota: 1984 - 2004. Laurie Martinson, T&W Director Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources. In the beginning… 1984 – 1994. Legislature requires ATV/OHV/ORV registration. Dedicated funding accounts established. OHV grants-in-aid program begun.

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off highway vehicle management in minnesota 1984 2004

Off-Highway Vehicle Management in Minnesota: 1984 - 2004

Laurie Martinson, T&W Director

Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources

in the beginning 1984 1994
In the beginning…1984 – 1994
  • Legislature requires ATV/OHV/ORV registration.
  • Dedicated funding accounts established.
  • OHV grants-in-aid program begun.
  • First designated OHV trails on State Forest lands.
  • 1993 Legislature requests OHV Mgmt Study & restricts development of ‘Motorsports Areas’.

OHVs in MN: 1984 - 2004

the formative years 1995 1999
The formative years, 1995 - 1999...
  • OHV Program created, DNR Coordinator retained (95’).
  • State forest rule revisions begun (MR 6100.1950).
  • Iron Range OHVRA authorized & funded (96’ & 99’).
  • Non-controversial OHV rules adopted (97’).
  • Hearings held on interim State Forest Classifications (98’).
  • Regional OHV System Planning begun (98’).
  • Legislature amends rules to permit off-trail travel (99’).

OHVs in MN: 1984 - 2004

two steps forward 2000 2002
Two steps forward… 2000 - 2002
  • Final forest classifications & rules adopted (00’).
  • Off-trail travel ban reinstated – ‘limited’ forests (00’) and‘managed’ forests (02’).
  • Petitions & lawsuits filed on OHV Plans (00’-01’).
  • Trail guidelines project begun (01’).
  • SE / SW MN OHV System Plans approved (01-02’).
  • Suit filed on Moosewalk ATV Trail; eight EAW’s ordered.
  • Legislature created Motorized Trails Task Force & called for audit of Motorized Trail Programs (02’).
  • Iron Range OHVRA @ Gilbert opens (02’).

OHVs in MN: 1984 - 2004

measured change 2003 2004
Measured change…2003 - 2004
  • Task Force & Audit Reports presented to legislature (03’).
  • So. portion of Foothills State Forest reclassified (03’)
  • Moosewalk ATV Trail opens for regular use (03’).
  • Legislature creates OHV Damage Acct; local enforcement grants, wetland operation prohibited, ditch riding subject to local controls, and calls for state forest road/trail inventory and OHV trail designation (03’).
  • Wetland riding prohibitions modifed, and trail designation is exempted from rulemaking by 2004 legislature.
  • Appleton (County) OHV Park opens June 2004.

OHVs in MN: 1984 - 2004

what the future holds 2005 and beyond
What the future holds…2005 and beyond??
  • No off-trail or cross-country OHV travel.
  • Trails‘closed’ unless posted ‘open’ to OHV.
  • More road ditch closures.
  • Increased public scrutiny of OHV proposals.
  • More privately funded and grant-in-aid OHV projects, including OHV Recreation Areas.
  • Flattening of OHV registrations, use trends.

OHVs in MN: 1984 - 2004

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