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March 9th, 2012, 12:35 PM
March 8, 2012
Contact: Todd Neiss; 231-775-9727, Ext 6045

Heavy Snowfall and High Winds Close Many Recreation Trails
in Northern Lower Peninsula

Recent weather events throughout northern Michigan have created dangerous conditions on several pathways, snowmobile and ORV trails and forest roads maintained by the Department of Natural Resources in the northern Lower Peninsula. As a result, the DNR is cautioning trail users that parts of some trails may be closed while work is being done to remove hazards and downed trees.

Known damage on trails occurred in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Lake, Manistee and Mason counties. Outdoor enthusiasts should be aware that portions of trails in these counties may be blocked, dangerous or closed for removal of downed trees.

DNR staff is assessing damage on the trails, and will work with local trail grant sponsors and volunteers to remove fallen trees from the trails. The DNR urges all trail riders to use extreme caution on the trails.

“We appreciate the public’s patience at this time while we review and prioritize the damages on the trails,” said DNR forest recreation specialist Todd Neiss. “We are working on the arrangements to clean up the damage that occurred during the recent storms and will have trails cleared and ready for recreation as soon as possible.”

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.


March 19th, 2012, 07:11 AM
Spent all day Saturday in the Leota area, cut many trees out of the rds that cross the ORV Trails in the area. There is lots of work yet to do, if you go for a ride take a saw along you will use it. Be very carefull as there is also many widow makers, it may take a while for these to fall, and just the right breeze may bring them down.

March 19th, 2012, 10:07 AM
Just to reinforce Paul's note about "widow makers"

As we head out to do our spring ORV Grant maintenance work, please keep in mind that the DNR gives us a lot of leeway when we are removing broken, twisted or dead trees and limbs that could come down on the trail and block the trail or cause injury.

When in doubt, take it out!