WALKER -- Cass County and the DNR have each set limited classifications for recreational vehicle use of county and state lands in the Foothills State Forest and adjacent county land, including the Spider Lake area.
Tuesday the county board adopted a resolution to extend the state's limited classification for recreational motor vehicles to county land adjacent to state land in the Foothills area.
This will make newly adopted state regulations apply to the entire trail system between Cass County State Aid Highways 2 and 24, including a portion of Snoway I.
Trails in the system will be closed to motorized use unless posted open. Trail maintenance will coincide with use. A uniform state, federal, county and tribal enforcement plan will be used in this trail system and others like it throughout the state.
The state will issue three-year licenses for recreational motor vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motor vehicles. Stickers issued for vehicles will match trail posting where that type of vehicle will be allowed.
Barry Babcock of Hackensack, who has actively followed the state legislation, said the bill the Legislature passed includes a segment authorizing the DNR to issue special permits to enable trappers, property owners needing access to their land and traditional users of trails such as minnow or mushroom gatherers to use otherwise non-motorized trails.
DNR representatives Forrest Boe, Paul Swenson and Tim Browning told the county board there will be more than 40 miles of trail in the Foothills closed to motorized vehicles, 13.3 miles open to all motorized uses without an off-road vehicle sticker, 22.43 miles of roads and trails where an off-road vehicle sticker will be required and 25.08 miles of trails available exclusively to all-terrain, off-highway and off-road vehicles with a recreational motor vehicle sticker.
Cross-country use of the Foothills area will not be permitted.
State-set rates for three-year recreational motor vehicle licensing and to obtain a sticker will be $18 for all-terrain vehicles, $30 for off-highway and off-road vehicles.
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