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TWEAK
May 2nd, 2013, 09:33 PM
May 5th, 2013
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
For Immediate Release & Distribution:

Spring weather causes damage to many Lower Peninsula trails

The recent weather has brought about heavy rain, wind, ice and snow throughout lower Michigan. This has created impassable conditions at several pathways, snowmobile and ORV trails, and forest roads maintained by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the Lower Peninsula. As a result, the DNR is warning trail users that parts of some trails may be closed due to excessive amounts of standing water and flood conditions, as well as downed trees.

DNR staff is working to assess the worst trail areas, and will work with local trail grant sponsors and volunteers to best mitigate trail impacts.

“It is difficult to identify all of the sections that were affected by the heavy spring rains,” said trails analyst Amanda Matelski. “We ask that trail users exercise care when approaching these areas, and realize flooded trail crossings may be deeper than they appear. Our users will also need to have patience while our trail sponsors, volunteers and staff remove downed trees.”

Trail conditions are expected to improve moving into the summer season. It is important to note that maintenance to all designated off-road vehicle trails will be completed by Memorial Day.

If riders have questions regarding specific areas, or come across areas in immediate need of attention, please contact Amanda Matelski at the Roscommon Operations Service Center at 989-275-5151, ext. 2044.

http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/MIDNR-78d99f

Renegade II
May 2nd, 2013, 10:01 PM
So, are they telling us some of the trails might actually be fun and challenging now? :-)

Greenway
May 2nd, 2013, 10:06 PM
The letter is dated May 5

TWEAK
May 2nd, 2013, 10:41 PM
So, are they telling us some of the trails might actually be fun and challenging now? :-)

:thumb:

We are going out to do our trail maintenance this weekend. It will be interesting to see how many downed trees we have on the trails.

gnjeepn
May 3rd, 2013, 06:58 AM
We did our section of the Mio route this past weekend. Didn't encounter any flooding but there were a ton of downed trees. Chainsaw sure got a work out. It was a long day and everyone went home with many aches and scratches.

TWEAK
May 3rd, 2013, 07:41 AM
We did our section of the Mio route this past weekend. Didn't encounter any flooding but there were a ton of downed trees. Chainsaw sure got a work out. It was a long day and everyone went home with many aches and scratches.

I figured that would be the case. Our property is not too far from that route and we had lots of downed trees. Hoping our trail, the North Branch Route, is far enough north that it did not get too much impact.... although I don't ever complain about getting the chainsaw out.

phittie1100
May 3rd, 2013, 08:48 AM
I figured that would be the case. Our property is not too far from that route and we had lots of downed trees. Hoping our trail, the North Branch Route, is far enough north that it did not get too much impact.... although I don't ever complain about getting the chainsaw out.

x2 after the last two spring trips to Atlanta it would be nice for once to be able to give the chainsaws a break.

Kixx007
May 3rd, 2013, 09:35 PM
We did Ogemaw/St. Helen two weeks ago. Hope we don't have to make a second trip back up.

Creative Fab
May 6th, 2013, 07:16 AM
We had one bad stretch on our route, 5 miles of tree's and tops laying in the trail. Lots of chain saw work for sure!

TWEAK
May 6th, 2013, 07:58 AM
We had one bad stretch on our route, 5 miles of tree's and tops laying in the trail. Lots of chain saw work for sure!


You guys got drew the short straw... We had lots of spots on our section that were the same but someone had already come through and moved much of it. That said this was the worst I have ever seen in over the past 5 years of doing maintenance.

Was nice to get the chainsaw out though. :thumb: