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E-M:/ ORV Trails Advisory Board Members Announced by DNR

Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>

November 1, 2005

Contacts: Steve Kubisiak 517-373-1665 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014             	
ORV Trails Advisory Board Members Announced by DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced the appointment of four new members to the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trails Advisory Board, a seven-member public body appointed by the DNR Director to serve as a liaison between the department and ORV trail users and interest groups. The group's next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Holiday Inn South in Lansing.

Pete Wyckoff of Battle Creek has been appointed to represent natural resource, conservation or environmental groups. Larry Harrington of Crystal Falls has been appointed to represent the public at large. Antrim County Sheriff Terry Johnson of Bellaire has been appointed to represent law enforcement. John Bernard of Harrisville has been appointed to represent ORV trail users.

They join existing members Dick Ranney of National City who represents ORV trail users, Glenn Moll of Newberry who represents ORV trail users and Jason Dinsmore of Farmington who represents natural resource, conservation or environmental groups. 

The advisory board is charged with identifying, reviewing, evaluating and advising the DNR regarding ORV program issues, including ORV policy, rules, regulations and standards; grant criteria; statewide ORV plans; forest trails, routes and areas that should be designated trails by the DNR; the effectiveness of the ORV Safety Education and Training program; land areas needing restoration; the effectiveness of the "closed unless posted open" rule; and options for long-term restoration and maintenance of the ORV system.

Those interested in attending a meeting or receiving more information regarding the ORV Trails Advisory Board and future meeting dates and locations should contact the Recreation and Trails Section at 517-335-3284 or visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr and click on Recreation and Camping.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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