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DNR to have patrols on trails

LANSING – Keeping off-road vehicles on designated trails and routes is important throughout the entire season, but especially during holiday weekends when greater usage is expected.

To help ensure rider safety and minimize possible damage to trails and surrounding areas, the DNR will increase conservation officer patrols along the trails, reminding riders to “Ride Right.’

In past seasons, ORV riders operating in undesignated areas has been an issue that conservation officers are working to curtail. Last May, a group trail ride involving about 45 ORVs resulted in irreparable damage to state wetlands in Otsego County.

DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler said the department wants the public to enjoy the hundreds of miles of designated off-road trails, but to do so safely and responsibly.

“We know most ORV enthusiasts respect the rules and value Michigan’s natural resources,” Hagler said. “However, we cannot tolerate negligent behavior that puts people and the environment at risk. Every rider is responsible for knowing where they can and cannot ride. Our officers will be on hand to help answer questions and assist riders over the busy holiday weekend.”

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