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Bill would negate DNR decision on Mississippi Headwaters State Forest

State Rep. Larry Howes (R-Walker) and Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) have introduced legislation to close the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest (MHSF) to off-highway vehicles.

The proposed legislation means counties cannot opt out of the "closed" status and off-road travel exemptions for hunters would not apply.

Last month, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources classified MHSF as "limited" to motorized vehicles after receiving 1,678 comments on the proposed plan.

According to the Jack Pine Coalition, the Izaak Walton League and Wilderness Society generated 354 and 960 closed forest comments, respectively. Of the remaining 364 comments, a rough tally indicates there were 250 for closed and 115 for limited.