Road Inventory Project
Comment on revised proposals:
While the written and email comment period for final recommendations has closed, in-person comments will be accepted at the Dec. 14 Natural Resources Commission Meeting, where the DNR Director will make his decision.
Based on public input, DNR staff has proposed significant changes in two specific areas:
- Big Oaks Equestrian State Forest Campground – Staff is proposing strategic closures of 6.7 miles of state forest roads in the area to reduce conflict between equestrian trail users and ORV users. The proposed closures will separate the users when practical and ensure connections to the state forest road system for both groups.
- Deward Tract – Staff is proposing to close all 4.3 miles of state forest roads within the Deward Tract to ORV use. Users and stakeholders expressed significant concerns during the second public input period regarding past damage created by ORV use in the area.
Please note, the accuracy of this map is not guaranteed. The map was created with the best data available at the time it was produced. Please expect changes to occur throughout the public comment period, until the maps are finalized in January 2018.
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!
During two public comment periods, we received nearly 2,000 comments on our 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.