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Jarhead
November 18th, 2009, 01:21 PM
DNR Seeks Comments on Environmental Assessment Worksheet for Virginia Expansion of the Iron Range Off-highway Vehicle Recreation Area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is seeking public comments on a proposal to develop a 2,704-acre expansion to the existing Iron Range Off-highway Vehicle Recreation Area (OHVRA), in Gilbert, Minnesota. The proposed expansion site is located one mile north of the existing Iron Range OHVRA, partially within the city of Virginia, Minnesota.

The Virginia expansion site will be managed out of the existing facility, which will be linked to the expansion area by a connector road. This proposed expansion includes the development of the connector road, a core trail system, vehicle-specified trails, and perimeter fencing.

Public comments on the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) will be accepted during the 30-day public review period, which runs from November 16 through December 16, 2009.

The EAW document and maps can be viewed or downloaded from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' website at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/virginia_ohvra/index.html.
Additional copies may be requested by calling 651-259-5157.

A copy of the EAW is also available for public review at the following locations:

DNR Library, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55155
DNR Northeast Regional Headquarters (Region 2), 1201 E. Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Minneapolis Public Library, Government Documents, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55401
Arrowhead Regional Library, Duluth Public Library, 520 W Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802
Virginia Public Library, 215 5th Ave S, Virginia, MN USA 55792
Gilbert Public Library, 17 N Broadway, P.O. Box 75, Gilbert, MN 55741-0758

MAIL COMMENTS TO:
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Division of Ecological Resources, Box 25
Attn: Ronald Wieland
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025

EMAIL COMMENTS TO:
environmental.review@dnr.state.mn.us

Please put "Virginia OHVRA" in the subject line of e-mail comments. Comments should include your name and address.

FAX COMMENTS TO:
(651) 297-1500.

Written comments on the EAW must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2009.

For further information, please call (651) 259-5157.

JUST REMEMBER, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IS CRUCIAL TO KEEP RECREATION AREAS OPEN; PLEASE GET INVOLVED!

T-way
November 18th, 2009, 01:49 PM
Does anyone in the DNR have any idea of how other states have developed and operated these types of areas?????

Michigan continues to sit on their hands while other states ACTIVELY pursue OHV recreation opportunities!

:banghead:

Anyway......this would be a cool place to roadtrip to for a few days of wheeling! At least it's closer than Moab!

WhiteRhino
November 18th, 2009, 04:35 PM
I've had the pleasure of touring the Iron Range OHV area while seated in the passenger seat with the guy who built all the trails there. I also spent about an hour with the park manager, the peer to Pete @ Silver Lake.

All I can say is WOW, what a difference in attitudes between the 2 states.

(for clarification, no slam intended here for Pete)

phittie1100
November 18th, 2009, 11:02 PM
I still haven't had an opportunity to get up there - it's a long drive for a weekend trip.

timbercruiser
November 19th, 2009, 12:23 PM
e-mail sent.

I'm up for a road trip.