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Off-highway vehicle wetlands violations are a big issue because they can do irreversible damage to the environment. The above photo shows ATV damage along a snowmobile trail in a floodplain of the Mississippi which could impact public water. Snowmobile trails are not necessarily open to ATVs, specifically when they cross wetlands, public waters or private property. (Photo submitted by Colleen Adam)

Spring enforcement of ORV impact can be challenging job

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Colleen Adam's days are unpredictable. Remaining flexible, Northwest Region Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Officer Adam, who lives on Island Lake just north of Park Rapids, varies her schedule to enforce laws and educate off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders to protect Minnesota's state trails and forests.


Off-highway vehicles' negative impact increases during spring's thaw when back roads, public accesses, wetlands, forests and fields become saturated with water.

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