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DNR seeks comment on proposed ATV trail

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BEMIDJI -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public comment on an application for off-highway vehicle (OHV) grant-in-aid funding for a 12-mile all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) trail in Cass County. The trail would connect the community of Whipholt (on the south shore of Leech Lake) to the city of Longville.

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Cass County would sponsor the trail and would provide trail monitoring, development and maintenance in cooperation with the Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club. Trail development and maintenance would be partially funded through the state OHV grant-in-aid program. The trail would be open to motorized recreation from May 1 through Nov. 1 each year, subject to closures for safety considerations or to prevent erosion or damage to the trail.

The DNR welcomes public input on the trail proposal. Copies of the proposal and a project map are available for review at www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/ohv/plans/woodtick_wheeler.html.

To request a printed copy of the trail description, or to submit comments, contact Dave Schotzko, Bemidji area supervisor, DNR Parks and Trails Division at 218-308-2367.

The deadline for comments is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24.

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