The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for the public’s help in shaping the 2023 maps for its 11,700 miles of state forest roads, which are popular spots for off-road vehicles.
To make sure people know which forest roads are open or closed to public use, the DNR annually updates online forest road maps after a review process, allowing for public comment to help determine potential changes for the next year’s maps.
Those updates may include decisions to open or close a road to ORV or conventional vehicle traffic, or to update a road’s status, a DNR release said. Decisions are usually made to protect damaged natural resources, ensure public safety due to road conditions or fix data errors in maps.
Comments on forest road maps may be submitted at any time, but feedback received by Aug. 31 will be considered when developing the 2023 maps. Approved changes will be incorporated into the new maps and will go into effect April 1.
To see current forest road maps and submit comments, visit michigan.gov/dnr/things-to-do/ORV-Riding/state-forest-roads, or email comments to DNR-RoadInventoryProject@Michigan.gov.
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