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ment.The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold two
public meetings on its draft forest classification and motor vehicle
designation plan for northern St. Louis County.
The draft plan includes suggested forest classification and route
designations for state and county forest lands in Bear Island, Burntside,
Kabetogama and Lake Jeanette state forests (Sturgeon River and
Cloquet Valley state forests are not included), and for scattered DNR
forest lands outside of state forest boundaries.
The meetings will be on Tuesday, July 1, Mesabi Range Community &
Technical College, Virginia, MN and July 2, Cook School, Cook, MN.
Both meetings are scheduled from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.
The proposal is available on the DNR Website at
Copies are also available at the DNR Tower Office.
For more information contact Brian McCann at (651) 259-5627.
During open houses held March 5and 6, more than 75 participants
provided written comments to the DNR. The Southern Minnesota Unit
planning team considered those comments and the 2002 off-highway
vehicle system plan for the Dorer State Forest as a starting point for road
and trail designations.
The team has completed a preliminary route designation proposal.
The draft proposal will undergo internal DNR review and then a public
participation process is scheduled to take place in late summer or early
fall. Public input will be used to make any revisions necessary before the
final forest classification and road and trail designation plan is completed.
The DNR has approved a monitoring and enforcement plan for the
2008 season that will focus on trail maintenance conditions, off trail travel
from designated trails, and impacts of dispersed OHV use.
Focus forests for the 2008 season are: Beltrami Island, Finland,
General Andrews, Mississippi Headwaters, Paul Bunyan, Fond du Lac,
Solana, Rum River, Wealthwood, and Whiteface River.
DNR field staff from Trails and Waterways (T/W), Forestry, and
Enforcement will coordinge motitoring and enforce