The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota appealed the July 30 ruling that limits where ATVs can be operated in the Chippewa and Superior national forests.
"The U.S. Forest Service needs to revisit and collect additional public input on these important issues," said Dave Hendricks, ATVAM president.
ATVAM does not want limits on trail mileage, wants to continue to use types 3, 4 and 5 forest roads and unclassified roads where appropriate, wants access to areas currently protected by restoration and/or preservation acts and to be able to travel cross country.
DNR grant applications available
Applications for 2005 grants, trail grants, cooperative water recreation grants and Minnesota ReLeaf grants are now available from the DNR. These grants help local governments, organizations and individuals throughout the state create partnerships with the DNR to fund projects that protect natural resources and provide outdoor recreation opportunities.
Though the amount of funding for these programs is uncertain at this time, it is anticipated that both federal and state funds will be available during 2005. Initiating the application process now provides more time for DNR staff to assist in developing project ideas and for project completion.
Application materials may be downloaded at www.dnr.state.mn.us. Click the "Grants" heading and find the appropriate grant program for your project. To obtain the application packet by mail, write to: Local Grants Program, Department of Natural Resources, Office of Management and Budget Services, Box 10, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4010.
Thin ice warning issued
Most area lakes have a skim of ice or a layer of ice not thick enough to walk on yet. Ice conditions statewide vary widely in December. Southern Minnesota might not have any safe ice while northern Minnesota has a couple inches.
Check with a local bait shop or resort before heading out.
The DNR has a free packet of ice safety information, including a pamphlet and a minimum ice thickness wallet card. Call (888) 646-6367.
North Country question of the week
Can trees help lower my heating and cooling bills?
"Yes," said Ken Holman, DNR community forestry program coordinator. "Shade trees can reduce air-conditioning bills by nearly 25 percent and reduce annual fuel bills by up to 20 percent. To achieve these savings, strategically locate the trees you plant on your property. Avoid planting shade trees near south-facing windows. If a tree blocks a south-facing window, remove its lower branches. The angle of the sun is much lower in the winter. Not blocking these windows will allow for free solar energy. Trees also reduce energy use during peak periods and reduce air pollution."
North Country calendar
Dec. 3 -- Spring turkey hunt application deadline
Dec. 31 -- Archery deer, grouse, pheasant hunting closes
Jan. 1 -- Baxter Snowmobile Club Radar Run at Ernie's on Gull; races begin 9 a.m.; 828-4119.
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