ORV use on state forest roads
Public Act 288 (PA 288), enacted in Sept. 2016, requires the DNR to inventory and map all state forest roads in the northern Lower Peninsula by the end of 2017, and the Upper Peninsula and southern Lower Peninsula by the end of 2018. To date, the implementation of the law has resulted in 89% of state forest roads being opened to ORV use (including roads that are open seasonally). The decisions on state forest roads that will be opened or closed to ORV use in the Upper Peninsula and southern Lower Peninsula are now in effect as of Jan. 1. The law also allows for the cross-country retrieval of deer, bear and elk using ORVs and horses. See FAQs and closure criteria.
Annual review process
The mapping and inventory process is an ongoing effort, with reviews being completed on the ground by DNR staff as well as an in-depth review of public comments each year:
- Comments on current maps are accepted until Aug. 31 each year
- Comments on proposed changes to maps are accepted during open comment periods
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