County Board allows UTVs on ATV trails

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The Douglas County Board of Supervisors officially approved a resolution last week that allows county residents to participate in the new statewide pilot program.

The program allows utility terrain vehicles - commonly known as Gators - to be use on Douglas County ATV trails and routes and applies to all municipalities within the county unless the town, village or city opts out.

So far, no Douglas County community has opted out of the pilot program.

UTV's are now permitted for use on those portions of the following trails and routes managed by the Douglas County Forestry Department including Wrenshall Grade Recreational Trail, Saunders Grade Recreational Trail, Wild Rivers Recreational Trail, Gandy Dancer Recreational Trail, the summer ATV trail system, winter snowmobile and ATV trail system, and the official County Forest Road network. It applies to other general forest access roads open to ATV use.

For purposes of the Douglas County Forest Access Management Plan signage scheme, a UTV is considered an ATV and UTV use designations are represented by the following symbol:

Users are reminded to check seasonal closure dates and know the rules and regulations before venturing out. Like all other motorized vehicle use on the county forest, UTV use is regulated by county ordinance 7.2.

Douglas County has also adopted the State of Wisconsin's UTV laws, including UTV definition and registration requirements.

For information, visit www.douglascountywi.org or call (715) 378-2219. For further information on the new law and UTV program Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at http://dnr.wi.

gov/org/caer/cfa/LR/UTV/grants.html.