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The DNR off-highway vehicle plan

-- Covers about 144,000 acres of state land, 49,000 acres within the Cloquet Valley State Forest in St. Louis County and other scattered state lands outside the forest boundaries in St. Louis and Carlton counties.

-- Covers about 144,000 acres of state land, 49,000 acres within the Cloquet Valley State Forest in St. Louis County and other scattered state lands outside the forest boundaries in St. Louis and Carlton counties.

-- Affects another 231,000 acres of St. Louis County land within the Cloquet Valley State Forest. County officials have opted to match DNR regulations to avoid confusion.

-- The sprawling forest north of Duluth is a mix of state, county and private lands. Of the 327,098-acre total: 231,517 acres are county land, 48,384 are state, and 47,147 acres are private or owned by other agencies. The new rules won't affect private land.

-- DNR and county crews have found 1,162 miles of active ATV routes across the forest. They suggest continuing motorized use on 876 miles of those, from forest roads to two-rut trails, on both county and state land.

-- Another 38 miles would be set aside for nonmotorized trails, such as hunter walking trails.

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-- About 230 miles of trails now used by ATVs would be permanently closed, blocked or obliterated.

-- Cross-country off-highway vehicle travel is banned in all state forests except to retrieve game while hunting or trapping. Opponents of off-highway vehicles say that law is nearly unenforceable, however, because once ATV tracks are made through the woods, the route is considered a legal trail.

-- Calls for about 16,000 acres within the forest to be designated as nonmotorized, with no off-highway vehicle travel allowed even during hunting seasons. The land was picked because it is far from main roads and includes special forest features, such as rare wildlife habitat, rare species or sensitive waterways.

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