Redrawn ATV routes OK'd for Superior National Forest

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 15, 2012 - 9:56 PM

Judge rejected challenge to plan for Superior National Forest that officials say cuts vehicle access.

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pwe861Apr. 16, 12 5:44 AM

The new routes need to be open to ALL gravel roads in the forest like the surrounding MN state forest roads. One set of rules. The current ones are a joke. I've been going up there for 40 years and haven't seen a tree hunger yet but they seem to have all the answers about the area when commenting on news articles like this one.

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twoatvsApr. 16, 12 6:50 AM

*Two ATVs Like Honda Rincons can use the same roads. Open it up like it should be!

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vizzleApr. 16, 12 7:52 AM

Give people a place to ride responsibly. Don't force people off-trail.

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rockoftruthApr. 16, 12 8:31 AM

If you look closely you will see that the plan will actually reduce the amount of trails you can currently ride. This is nothing but a well thought out plan to reduce ATV opportunities. The Sierra Club knows this. They appear to loose but in fact win. Where does the Sierra clubs political contribution's go ??

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fish60Apr. 16, 12 8:32 AM

No one forces ATV riders off trail. They do it willingly and most seek it out.

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worldcitizenApr. 16, 12 8:33 AM

So we can clearcut with massive logging trucks, skidders and dozers but aren't allowed to use the resultant logging roads with a little ATV. Sounds like inner city metro ideas from our elected representatives.

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BigPeteApr. 16, 12 8:43 AM

Nothing like catering to destruction.

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hokey57Apr. 16, 12 9:17 AM

Minnesota needs an extensive trail system for riders to explore. Ours runs are either very short or just some long, straight unused, blow your tires on sharp rock railroad line. I go to Wisc, a lot due to their well kept trails and runs that hook into each other. The Danbury area and the Tri-county corridor runs are absolutely fantastic. Wisc. is getting most of the atv riders business because they show they care for both the environment and the riders. Most or a lot of their runs dont allow motocross bikes which destroy trails completely. I only wish MN would do the same so I can stop giving my cash to the cheesheads.

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pdf123Apr. 16, 1210:20 AM

As a conservationist and backcountry hunter and angler, I'd love to see ATVs even more restricted, but this sounds like an improvement. I wonder why the Sierra club, MCEA, and the Northeastern MN Wilderness group sued. Maybe I don't know the details, but I'm not a member of any of those groups. I do know some hunters who are using the non-motorized areas of the Chippewa that have been established through this process and they love it.

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chucker81Apr. 16, 1210:47 AM

I hunt grouse by foot, but acknowledge that many of the trails I walk in Superior National Forest are kept open to me by ATV's that keep the brush from overgrowing them. We need a balance here.

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