The public is invited to provide comments and input on state forest roads and ORV use using the new Forest Road Inventory map. This map allows users to view state forest road locations, determine which roads are open or closed to ORV use and submit comments to the DNR regarding specific roads on an ongoing basis. The map (below) currently can be used to comment on roads in the northern Lower Peninsula. (Expect a similar opportunity to comment on roads in the Upper Peninsula and southern Lower Peninsula after this year’s inventory is complete.)
The public is welcome to submit comments at any time. However, comments submitted by Aug. 31 of each year will be reviewed for potential action and inclusion in the maps that will be published the following year. Comments submitted after the Aug. 31 deadline will be reviewed in the next year’s cycle. Proposed changes will be available for public review in the fall, and the DNR Director will make a final decision at a Natural Resources Commission meeting each February. New maps reflecting the changes will be published by April 1.