WALKER -- Spider Lake Recreation Area in Foothills State Forest will be closed for recreational use through the mud season this spring.
Cass County Land Commissioner Norm Moody obtained county board approval Tuesday to join the DNR in posting county land along with the state land in that area until the frost is out of the ground.
The DNR began posting state land last week, Moody told the board, and is enforcing the posting.
At the April 5 county board meeting, commissioners discussed changing the proposed comprehensive plan revision to read that the county will work cooperatively with state and federal agencies to enforce existing state and federal laws rather than to initiate new county ordinances.
Moody said Tuesday this strategy already has started. There are state laws on the books, which were not being enforced, he said. Cooperation has begun to enforce those, he said.
Since the Spider Lake area was seasonally closed to recreational use, Moody said he has not received any complaint calls. He said he expects trails to re-open in two to four weeks.
However, the county and DNR are working together on a plan to manage recreational use more closely at Spider Lake. This could include fencing off some areas to prevent all-terrain vehicle use of those areas in the future, he said.
The county board voted to vacate from the Wilderness Park plat 11 blocks, which now are in county ownership and will be managed for timber and wildlife regeneration. The board also voted to sell one lot in Wilderness Park to a neighboring property owner in the area where private ownership has been consolidated.
Charles Rolfe and Larry Glass obtained board approval to repurchase tax-forfeited commercial property in Cass Lake by paying back taxes and fees amounting to $20,759.32.
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