The DNR would have to post annually to its website the total miles of forest roads open to motorized use and a map or maps of those roads.Before the department newly restricted a road or trail from being used to access public land, it would have to provide each local unit of government in which the public land is located written notice that included the reason for the restriction.“Why aren’t you doing these local projects that you have in there, that have been scored?Why don’t you do these development projects that you’ve scored but don’t fund? The NRTF, upon hitting 0 million in the proceeds it receives from the sales and leases of state-owned mineral rights in 2011, has no new revenue coming besides the interest it earns off that 0 million “corpus,” as it’s referred to, said Steve De BRABANDER, manager of the grants management section at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).FOREST ROAD INVENTORY; USE OF ORVS; AND USE OF PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS House Bill 5275 as introduced Sponsor: Rep.Triston Cole Committee: Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Complete to 2-2-16 SUMMARY: The bill would amend Part 721 (trails and trailways) and Part 811 (off-road recreation vehicles) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), as follows.
Talking to them now they did not support it because there was not any funding mechanism in the law for all of the inventory work.
The term “forest road” is defined elsewhere in NREPA to refer to “a hard surfaced road, gravel or dirt road, or other route capable of travel by a 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel conventional vehicle designed for road use.
Forest road does not include a street, county road, or highway.” The inventory would have to (1) identify the location, condition, and development levels of forest roads; and (2) determine types of motorized and non-motorized use currently restricted and the seasons during which they are restricted.
It uses the term “legally harvested large game” instead of “deer, elk, or bear that has been taken under a valid license”; maintains the five miles per hour speed limit; and requires that “the most direct route” be used, while at the same time complying with restrictions on using ORVs in streams, rivers, bogs, wetlands, swamps, marshes, or quagmires, except over bridges, culverts, or similar structures.
A bill that opponents say would unconstitutionally insert the Legislature into the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) project recommendation process won’t be sitting around and collecting dust, according to the chair of the committee it’s sitting in now.