USDA Forest Service Updates UTV Use Dates

The WBHA recently received a letter from the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service regarding date changes pertaining to the use of UTVs (Utility Terrain Vehicles) in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Below is the a copy of the letter.

Dear National Forest User:

In late July, I notified you of my decision concerning the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s (CNNF) Travel Management Project (TMP) Environmental Assessment (EA) Supplement, which contributed updates to the Forest’s 2012 Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). In that decision, a few selected motorized routes and trails were designated for use by Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV) in conjunction with the Wisconsin State UTV Pilot Program. This use, and other map updates, was incorporated into the current CNNF’s MVUM.

The State UTV Pilot Program was scheduled to continue until June 30, 2012. In April of this year, Governor Walker signed a new package of UTV laws that end the pilot program and permit permanent UTV use on trails as designated by federal, state and local governments.

In order to both respond to the state law and regulation changes, and to continue to provide a diverse mix of motorized recreation opportunities in partnership with local governments, I am changing the dates of the UTV use on the Forest originally identified in my July 2011 TMP decision.

Where UTV use is designated, the dates of use will now coincide with other all-terrain vehicle use (that is, “All Wheeled Vehicles 50 Inches Wide or Less”). This change is effective immediately. Future versions of the MVUM’s will be updated to reflect this change.

Thank you for your continued interest in recreational opportunities on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Paul I. V. Strong
Forest Supervisor

Click here to download a copy of the letter in scanned PDF format.

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