May 12 Flambeau Trail Update

5/12/2021 – Trails are dry and dusty, but there is plenty of sunshine to go around! Contract trail brushing is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 17 on trails 118H-121 between Riley Lake Road and trail 118C-101. Brushing will also be taking place on trails 118B-107 between Round Lake and trail 118A-111, and on trail 118A-111 between Hwy 182 and trail 118C-101. Trail users are asked to ride with caution, especially when encountering heavy equipment and machinery on the trail. Due to the unseasonably warm and dry conditions forest visitors are also asked to be fire wise and be mindful of not parking a vehicle on dry grass or leaves, having a functioning spark arrester on your OHV or motorcycle, properly disposing of cigarette butts, and when having campfires never leaving them unattended and making sure they are cold to the touch before leaving.

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Polaris donates more than $80,000 to off-road organizations with T.R.A.I.L.S. grants

Polaris has announced the donation of more than $80,000 to off-road and ATV organizations across the U.S. as a part of its ongoing T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program.

The nine nonprofit organizations that were awarded a spring 2021 T.R.A.I.L.S. grant received awards ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 each to support the development, improvement and expansion of trails, as well as, help to educate riders on safe and responsible riding practices.

"The receiving organizations and clubs are made up of passionate volunteers and riders who love our sport – they are the heart of the off-roading community with a desire to help create a safe and enjoyable experience for all those looking to get out and ride," said Steve Menneto, president of off-road at Polaris. "Polaris is excited to help support their efforts and show our appreciation for their passion and dedication through the T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program."

The Spring 2021 T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant recipients are:
  • American Sand Association (Tempe, Arizona)
  • Osseo Area Dusty Riders Inc. (Osseo, Wisconsin)
  • Heart of Oregon Corps., Inc. (Bend, Oregon)
  • Dexter Rail Riders (Dexter, Maine)
  • Garland Trail Hawks ATV Club (Garland, Maine)
  • Millsfield ATV Club (Berlin, New Hampshire)
  • Minnesota Kitty Cat Racers Association (Lindstrom, Minnesota)
  • Christ Miami Corp. (Miami, Florida)
  • Atlas Foundation (Dearborn Heights, Michigan)

"We're thrilled beyond words at the amazing generosity of Polaris. The funding that we have received has helped put Garland Trail Hawks on ATV riders' radar for a Central Maine riding destination," said Joe Valentim, president of the Garland Trail Hawks ATV Club. "Now that spring is here everyone is getting very excited to get out there. And with this infusion of funding we're excited to start work on this year's improvements."

Since its inception in 2006, Polaris' T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program has provided funding to national, state and local organizations in the U.S. to help support the future of ATV, snowmobiling and off-road riding.

The T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program focuses on two main objectives: promoting safe and responsible riding and supporting environmental preservations and trail access. Organizations may use funds from the grant to increase and maintain land access through trail development, maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives and other projects.

To date, the program has supported 324 ATV, off-road and snowmobiling organizations with more than $2.7 million in grants.

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest set to reopen trails this weekend

Rhinelander, Wis., April 22, 2021—Trails on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are reopening on Friday to all-terrain vehicles, utility-terrain vehicles, bicycles and horses. The forest had closed trails to such uses last month to protect the saturated ground from rutting and erosion.

"Due to relatively dry spring weather, we've been able open the trails a bit earlier than usual," said Chad Jacobson, recreation program manager. "We're hopeful to see new and returning users come out this weekend and all season long."

There are nearly 300 miles of motorized trails on the national forest. During the early riding season, trails may have debris, patches of soft ground, and other hazards. The forest asks that users ride responsibly for their own safety and to protect the trails.

ATV/UTV routes and other trails designated by towns under state law may have different reopening dates across the Northwoods. Riders and other users should check local regulations for trails they plan to use.

Developed recreation sites and hunter walking trails provide opportunities to explore the forest on foot, mountain bike and horse. Trail maps are available on the forest's website at https://go.usa.gov/xH8rF.

At most developed trailheads, beaches, picnic areas and boat landings on the national forest, users must pay a $5 per vehicle daily fee. The forest provides envelopes for making on-site payments, or visitors may purchase an annual vehicle pass for $30 through district offices and local pass sale vendors. Passes currently available for sale are good through March 31, 2022.

"It's the best time of year to get an annual forest pass," said Jacobson. "You get access to the recreation sites opening for spring use, plus the pass will still be good for skiing and snowshoeing next winter."

Veterans, Gold Star Family members, and active military personnel and their dependents are eligible for free access to day-use recreation sites on national forests and grasslands. More information about recreation fees and passes is available online at https://go.usa.gov/x7SvJ.

The Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, manages 193 million acres of public lands and more than 3,000 world-class outdoor recreation areas, facilities and programs. Visitors may enjoy year-round, fee-free access to 98 percent of national forests and grasslands as well as two-thirds of developed recreation sites.

More information about the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is available on the forest's website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/CNNF or through social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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Trempealeau County Outdoors: ATV/UTV Safety 4/1/21

On this episode of Trempealeau County Outdoors, Host Drew Douglas talks about ATV/UTV with Conservation Warden Andrew Johnson. Drew also talks with Conservation Warden Meghan Johnson and R.N. Bri Rotering about Trempealeau County crash statistics. We also gain insight into becoming a conservation warden with the Wisconsin DNR.

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December 15th Trail Update: Eisenbahn in Washington County Enters Winter Season

Effective December 15th the Eisenbahn State Trail is open in Washington County for ATV/UTV operation. Changes to trail opening/closing will be posted as temp. change. Please remember to always check the Fond du Lac County hotline for trail opening/closings prior to entering Fond du Lac county. Trail will open when the daily high for the day is 28 degrees or less until March 15th, assuming the ground is already frozen. Enjoy, stay safe, legal, and remember the trail is a shared use trail with snowmobiles and non-motorized activities.

Make sure to check out the Kettle Moraine ATV Association's page (http://www.kmatva.com/) as they post Eisenbahn trail status.

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