Nature Notes: Calling ATVs and snowmobiles

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has invited Ohioans to a series of public meetings for input on motorized trails. The next meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19. It will be held at the Marcus Cinema, 1776 Hill Rd. in Pickerington. "ODNR is developing a motorized trails plan that will be the blueprint for our office in terms of grant funding and issues management," said Dameyon Shipley, manager of the Office of Trails. "Motorized trails have had a place in previous trails plans, but based on the increasing number of motorized trail users and a steadily growing network of such trails, a dedicated plan is necessary." From what I've been hearing, this initiative will be great for off-road motorists who need trails and hikers who get annoyed when they see tire tracks on their favorite remote paths.

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