Weighing Environmental Impacts
3:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

LDF Considers ATV Trail

Lac du Flambeau officials are wrapping up an environmental assessment of a proposed ATV/UTV trail. The Lakeland ATV Club wants to build a trail that would pass through the reservation. 

ATVs and UTVs are welcomed by some, but others fear the environmental damage they may bring.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Lac du Flambeau spokesperson Brandon Thoms says the proposed trail would be about 23 miles long.

“It runs from the Oneida county border of the reservation – which would be the southwest corner of the reservation – east to the Woodruff Arbor Vitae area.” 

It would be the first ATV UTV trail on the reservation.  Thoms says tribal officials see it as a possible economic boost. 

Parts of the route would follow existing roads or trails.  But Thoms says some are concerned about the sections that would pass through wetlands and other pristine areas. 

“That have long been set aside for the tribal membership to hunt and fish in those particular areas.  So it would be more or less pristine, and not have any of the developments that we might see closer to the Lac du Flambeau township per se.” 

The tribe is conducting an environmental assessment due April 10th. 

Thoms says there are many details of the proposal that still have to be ironed out.