DNR urges state forest and off-highway vehicle trail users to check for temporary closures

With warm weather on the way, many off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders may be eager to hit the trails, but state forest roads and trails are typically wet during the spring, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will need to close some areas temporarily.

The spring thaw leads to soft soils, which may be susceptible to damage, said Scott Kelling, northeast regional manager for the DNRs Parks and Trails Division. Temporary closures are being put in place across the state.

We will work to let users know when and where they can ride, added Dave Thomas, northwest regional manager for the DNRs Forestry Division. In turn, we ask users to check before riding to avoid areas that are temporarily closed, and to ride responsibly wherever they are.

The DNR will post signs indicating temporary road and trail closures at entry points and at parking lots in state forests. The restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible.

For information about the condition of specific state forest roads and public off-highway vehicle trails, visit www.dnr.state.mn.us/current_conditions/index.html. Updates are also available from the DNR Information Center; send email to info.dnr@state.mn.us or call 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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