Court gives go-ahead to Superior National Forest access plan

Publish Date: 
Apr 17, 2012

A federal judge has given the go-ahead to a plan to reconfigure ATV access in the Superior National Forest.

Environmental groups the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, the Sierra Club and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness had challenged the plan, saying it violates environmental and land management laws.

District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled for the government last week. Forest service officials say the plan reduces total trail mileage open to public motorized use by 108 miles, while providing more connections and loops so off-roaders can take longer rides using existing trails and logging roads.

Brad Sagen, chairman of the Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune the groups are reviewing their options to decide whether to seek an appeal.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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