Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
With fall in the air and mosquito populations dwindling, hunters and other recreationists are going to the forests in droves. But because some state forest roads and trails are saturated from recent heavy rains, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will temporarily close some areas. Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) riders are reminded that, according to state law, "no person shall operate a motor vehicle or snowmobile on forest lands in a manner that causes erosion or rutting." According to Keith Simar, DNR state forest recreation program coordinator, "Motor vehicles can be hard on forest roads and trails when soils are saturated. The autumn rains created soft soils, which are susceptible to rutting. Temporary closings will begin immediately in some areas." The DNR asks riders to check on trail conditions and temporary closures before planning riding trips. "Even though the DNR will temporarily close some roads and trails, we also want to give riders as many riding opportunities as possible, and provide a convenient way users can check on which roads and trails are still open," Simar said. Temporary road/trail closure information is available on the DNR Web page www.mndnr.gov, click on Current Conditions and then click on Trail/Road Closures. People can call the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll-free (888) 646-6367. The DNR will also post signs at entry points and at parking lots in state forests. Restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible.