DNR cracking down on snowmobiles after noise and trespassing complaints

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UPPER PENINSULA — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is also placing extra enforcement on snowmobiles this year because of  noise and trespassing complaints.

The DNR says that because of loud pipes on snowmobiles, and riders who trespass, many private land owners are revoking their permission that allows state snowmobile trail access. It’s because of these issues that 400 miles of trails statewide have been closed down.

Ron Yesney, Upper Peninsula Trails Coordinator, says, “We don’t want any more trail closures. There are a lot of volunteers in the snowmobile trail program. There’s a lot of clubs out there that are working really hard to maintain snowmobiling for this generation, the future generations. We encourage people to be respectful when they’re riding. So, stay on the trail. If you’re going to off trail ride, make sure it’s on public property. And, don’t modify your exhaust.”

Two main trails in the U.P. have been closed due to revoked permission. Those are: Trail 15 North, west of Chassell, and Trail 11 from Wakefield up to the Porcupine Mountains.

For more details and information on snowmobiling, click here.

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