Road Inventory Project
Public Act 288 Background
This public act was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Sept. 28, 2016, and changes rules for:
- Off road vehicle (ORV) use on state forest roads
- Use of ORVs by hunters for the retrieval of big game animals on all state-owned lands open to hunting including game areas, wildlife areas, state parks and state recreation areas
- Use of pack and saddle animals for the retrieval of big game animals
In addition to these changes, PA 288 also requires us to inventory and map all state forest roads. This process will be complete:
- In the northern Lower Peninsula by Dec. 31, 2017
- In the Upper Peninsula by Dec. 31, 2018
- In the southern Lower Peninsula by Dec. 31, 2018
Thousands of miles of forest roads will be opened for ORV use in the northern Lower Peninsula following the inventory and mapping, but they are not open yet. At the end of 2017, maps will be published online to let you know which forest roads are open for use and which ones are not. These maps will be updated every year.
Thank you for your input!
We received more than 1,000 comments on our initial proposals to open or close forest roads across the Northern Lower Peninsula. Commenters provided general support or opposition to the forest road inventory project as a whole, as well as input on specific road segments.
Overall, approximately 50% of the commenters disagreed with our initial recommendations, 34% agreed, and 16% did not take a position. If available, commenters’ reasons are provided on the second and third pages of the analysis.
We are working to determine which state forest roads will be open for ORV use and which will remain closed. Although the opportunity to comment via the interactive map is now closed, the map can still can be viewed and we will accept your ideas via email and traditional mail while evaluation is ongoing:
DNR Roads Inventory Project
P.O. Box 456
Vanderbilt, MI 49795
Please note that this map does not show final recommendations. Once recommendations are finalized for the DNR director’s consideration, the interactive map again will go live and people may leave comments via the map. Final recommendations also will be shared at future Natural Resources Commission meetings prior to the DNR director’s decision.