Minnesota Bill to Create and Manage Off-Road Trails IntroducedPosted in News on March 15, 2018
Four Minnesota congressmen introduced a bill this week, entitled H.F. 3556, to appropriate money for the statewide planning and development of trails for off-road vehicles. It was introduced by Representative Josh Heintzeman, a Republican from District 10A; District 03A Representative Rob Ecklund from the Democratic–Farmer–Labor party; District 06B Representative Jason Metsa, also from the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party; and Representative Dale Lueck from District 10B. The bill, which is currently in the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance, mandates the creation of a strategic master plan of trails for off-road vehicles by the commissioner of natural resources, and recognizes that there is interest within the state for additional well-managed trails and facilities for off-highway recreational vehicle enthusiasts and other recreational users.
A few years back we ran our Ultimate Adventure through the Gilbert Iron Range Off Highway Vehicles Recreation Area, managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and built on an old iron ore mine outside of Gilbert, Minnesota. The park is a great place to wheel and an awesome example of what can happen when a state government supports off-roading and OHV use on public lands. Minnesota is moving to make their state an even friendlier place for 4x4 enthusiasts. If you want to voice your support for the new Minnesota OHV bill, click the link here and stay tuned for updates.