Minnesotans for Responsible Recreation is a diverse organization of people who want the DNR to enforce existing off-road vehicle laws.
From what I know about Minnesotans for Responsible Recreation, they do not advocate banning off-highway vehicle (OHVs) use on public lands. That would be unfair, impractical and impossible. OHVs have their place in uses such as on legal, maintained and sustainable trails and roads, for farm use and during big game seasons within the existing DNR regulations.
Currently off-road vehicles operate, largely uncontrolled, on 80-90 percent of your public land. ATVs also have the privilege of riding in most of your road ditch rights of way, and on hundreds of thousands of acres of federal and county land throughout Minnesota. The parks, natural wildlife areas and solitude areas constitutes a very small percentage of public land that is closed to motorized recreation. Pressure from motorized recreation groups like the Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association has resulted in liberal motorized use of public lands because they dominated the planning process. Other groups and the public concerned about growing ATV use were not invited or were notified too late to effectively participate. These plans focused on creating more motorized trails rather than on the DNRs goal to, "Maintain, enhance or restore the health of Minnesota's ecosystems."
Having had the opportunity to read the Minnesotans For
Responsible Recreation Executive Summary, I believe that they are asking for common sense management regarding motorized recreation that you would agree with: ecosystem assessments before designating trails, prohibiting off-trail riding unless retrieving big game, using motorized recreation funds for more law enforcement and a monitoring program to better assess the impact of motorized recreation on the environment and on other use groups. Read the Executive Summary for yourself on the Minnesotans for Responsible Recreation website at mrr.tsx.org, then I hope you will get involved in this public land use issue.
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