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DNR invites input on proposed ATV trail in Cass, Crow Wing counties

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to review and comment on a proposal to authorize state grant-in-aid trail funding for a 56-mile all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail in Cass and Crow Wing counties.

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Cass County will sponsor the proposal and will provide trail development and maintenance in cooperation with the Over the Hills Gang ATV Club.

A portion of the trail connects the cities of Emily and Outing along State Highway 6 and provides access to businesses and hospitality services in these communities. The trail also provides connections to Remer and Cass Lake to the north, and Moose Lake and Onamia to the south.

The trail travels along state and county forest roads and Land O’ Lakes State Forest trail. It also uses state, county, township and municipal roads and passes through a short segment of private land.

ATV use is already allowed on the entire trail corridor. The trail will continue to be open to non-motorized use in the Land O’ Lakes State Forest. Adding the trail to the grant-in-aid system will provide more funding for trail signs, maintenance, monitoring and repair.

The trail may be closed at times for safety or to prevent erosion or trail damage.

Copies of the proposal and accompanying map are available for review at www.mndnr.gov/input.

To request a printed copy of the proposal, contact David Schotzko, area supervisor, DNR Parks and Trails Division, at 218-308-2367, or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Comments should be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, via email to david.schotzko@state.mn.us; fax to: 218-755-4063; or mail to David Schotzko, 3296 State Park Road N.E., Bemidji, MN 56601.

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