DON’T DELAY! Please request support for (H.B. 5275) immediately from the Michigan House:
You may use the following points in your message:
- H.B. 5275 requires that forest roads be open to motorized use by the public unless otherwise designated by the Department of Natural Resources.
- H.B. 5275 requires the department to identify the location, condition, and development level of the forest roads and determine types of motorized and nonmotorized use currently restricted on each forest road segment and the seasons during which those uses are currently restricted.
- H.B. 5275 requires the department to annually post to its website the total miles of forest roads open to motorized use and a map of those forest roads.
Overview: An amended version of legislation (H.B. 5275) to require that forest roads be open to motorized use by the public unless otherwise designated by the Department of Natural Resources was approved by the Michigan Senate and will be sent back to the House for concurrence. Under the bill, before the department newly restricts a road or trail used to access public land, it must provide local governments in which the land is located written notice that includes the reason for the restriction. Other lands permitted for off-highway use include designated roads that are not forest roads, designated trails and other designated areas.