State forest roads and trails to be closed temporarily during spring thaw

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 at 7:23 am

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is temporarily closing some forest roads and trails to motorized traffic to avoid environmental damage on wet soil. The temporary closures will continue until conditions improve, which depends on temperature and rainfall levels.

The DNR will post “Roads and Trails Closed” signs at main roads, trail heads and parking facilities in affected forests.

Trail closure information is available online or by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 (Twin Cities metro area) or toll free at 888-MINNDNR (646-6367). The information is updated weekly.

“Many of these same areas are closed to motorized vehicle use for a short period of time every spring,” said Mary Straka, off-highway vehicle program manager. “We will be checking these roads and trails often and will re-open the areas just as soon as possible. In the mean time, we urge all forest visitors to check trail status, observe all posted signs, and ride responsibly.”

All roads and trails remain open to foot traffic.

Also, the DNR also reminds riders that Minnesota Law prohibits Class 1 ATVs from operating in road ditches in the Agricultural Zone between April 1 and Aug. 1. The Agricultural Zone lies south of a line roughly defined from Moorhead to Taylors Falls along Highway 10, and along Trunk Highway 95.

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