Watts News
 Published for the members of North Itasca Electric Cooperative
VOL. 21 NO. 3  -  March 2018

New Border-to-Border Touring Route

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The route will go over scenic rural roads, like minimum maintenance and natural surface/gravel roads, that are already open for driving. However, this project would sign and map the route and connect travelers along the route with local amenities such as food, gas, lodging and local attractions. Project planners hope it will also bring a tourist presence to rural communities.

The route is envisioned both as a rugged adventure trail with areas for technical riding, and as a way to tour the backcountry of Minnesota at low speed by those wanting simply to see the natural out-of-the-way beauty on a mapped scenic route.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division held a series of listening sessions last month to discuss the draft route and gather feedback. Other sponsors include the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association. Funding will come from registrations of off-road vehicle owners and non-refunded gas taxes from off-road vehicles through the off-road vehicle account in the state’s Natural Resources Fund.

The proposed route can be seen at dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/ohv/plans/border_to_border_trail.html. Information is also available through the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council which has been hired by the state to manage the project (www.nohvcc.org/Resources/nms/b2b).

Written comments can still be provided to the DNR through March 25. Send comments to Mary Straka, Minnesota DNR, Parks and Trails Division, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, by phone to Straka at (218) 203-4445, or by email to mary.straka@state.mn.us.




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