Statement of Guiding Principles
As the State agency charged with the primary responsibility
for natural resource protection and management, the DNR will carry that
responsibility into the task of providing for the recreational pursuits
of OHV riders.
The first consideration of the DNR in any decision to
buy, lease and or develop a tract as an OHV facility will be to assure that
the piece of land which will become an OHV riding area is disturbed and
degraded so that it does not contain native plant communities, cultural
resources or critical habitat for threatened and endangered species or species
of special concern.
To that end, the DNR will target previously disturbed
areas for OHV facilities. Previously disturbed areas include but are not
limited to agricultural lands (including logging and pasturing of timbered
ground), mining or other intensive land uses that have resulted in the elimination
of high-quality natural areas, native plant communities, critical habitats
and cultural resources. If a tract contains fragments of high quality natural
areas they will be managed and contained as an off limit site.
In addressing the concerns of "neighbors", the DNR will
include consideration for those landowners immediately adjoining the tract
under consideration. In addition, the concerns of neighbors will include
those along access routes to the park and those within the viewshed and
within earshot of the proposed OHV Park.
A local sponsoring political subdivision must be willing
to provide local assurances that concerns with law enforcement or other
potential detracting uses of the OHV park will receive local attention and
that they cooperate with state personnel to address those issues.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the State OHV
Task Force until such time that review is deemed unnecessary by the task
High quality natural area- Areas that include high
quality native plant communities, highly restorable native plant communities
or areas which provide critical wildlife habitat. An on-site evaluation
for each proposed site is necessary in making this determination.
Project sponsor- The local club or organization
responsible for the day to day operations of the park to include but not
limited to maintenance of trails, signing, fencing and equipment repair.