Comments sought on Huntersville West OHM Trail Grant-in-Aid funding proposal | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

Comments sought on Huntersville West OHM Trail Grant-in-Aid funding proposal

Posted: June 18, 2012 - 3:04pm

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites public review and comment on a proposal to authorize state Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding for the approximately 45-mile Huntersville West Off-Highway Motorcycle (OHM) Trail in Wadena County.

The majority of the trail is currently open to OHM use. Approximately one mile of new trail will be developed to circumvent planned timber harvesting activities on private land and to connect this trail with the existing Huntersville East OHM GIA Trail system.

Huntersville Township will sponsor the proposal, provide trail monitoring, development and maintenance in cooperation with the Twin Cities Trail Riders OHM Club. The trail primarily runs through the Huntersville State Forest in Huntersville Township of Wadena County, with some segments located on private land and county road right-of-way.

Bringing the existing trail into the GIA system would provide additional resources and funding for trail signing, maintenance, monitoring and repair. The trail will be designated for OHM use, but will be open to nonmotorized uses such as hiking and horseback riding where located on state land. All-terrain vehicles are authorized on a portion of the trail; this use will continue where authorized.

The DNR welcomes public input on the trail proposal. Copies of the proposal and a project map are available for review at www.mndnr.gov/input (http://www.mndnr.gov/input/mgmtplans/ohv/plans/huntersville.html).

The deadline for comments is 4:30 p.m. July 20.

Requests for printed copies of the proposal, or written comments on the proposal, should be directed to: Dave Schotzko, Area Supervisor, DNR Parks and Trails, 3296 State Park Rd. NE, Bemidji, MN 56601; phone 218-308-2367 or toll-free 888-646-6367. Comments also may be sent by email to david.schotzko@state.mn.us or by fax to 218-755-4063.