The U.S. Forest Service has released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other “over-snow” vehicle use for all national forests, including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin.
Spokesperson Hilary Markin says the new policy will provide users with an additional tool....
"....they won't see anything different. This rule does require us to produce a map. Right now we have the different snowmobile clubs and groups have their own snowmobile maps and now the (Chequamegon-Nicolet) will have a map showing all the snowmobile trails in the national forest...."
Markin says when complete, the map will be available to visitors both online and at the local Forest Service offices....
"....we hope to have it done as soon as we can and make it available to our visitors. We're looking to working with our partners to make that happen. Our partners are the ones that maintain and groom our trails and we're really thankful for them. We want to reach out to them and have them help us produce this map...."
The Land and Resource Management Plan currently allows snowmobiles on routes and trails posted open and designated for their use. In addition, snowmobiles may travel on normally unplowed, open roads when snow accumulations exceed four inches.
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest manages, along with their partners, more than 9,000 miles of roads, nearly 300 miles of developed all-terrain vehicle trails and more than 800 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.