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Public input sought on Border to Border ORV trail

A series of listening sessions in January and February will provide an opportunity for public input on the Border to Border (B2B) off-road vehicle (ORV) trail across northern Minnesota.

"The Border-to-Border trail is an opportunity to provide a quality adventure touring and off-road vehicle riding opportunity while assisting smaller, rural communities in northern Minnesota with a positive economic influx," said Rick Langness, president of the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association (MN4WDA). "In order to accomplish both those goals, as well as to be sustainable, input from people and communities is important to planning where the trail will be located."

The legislatively mandated B2B trail is a project involving the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and MN4WDA. It will:

• connect the eastern and western borders of Minnesota, traveling across the northern third of the state, using minimum maintenance roadways or trails for highway-licensed, high-clearance vehicles

• identify connections to communities for services such as gas, food and lodging

• identify locations where loops or spur trails could be created at a later date.

For updates on the listening session schedule and more information about the B2B project, visit

Anyone" target="_blank">nohvcc.org/Resources/nms/B2B.

Anyone

unable to attend a listening session can provide feedback to Mary Straka,

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division at 651-259-5644 or mary.straka@state.mn.us or Ron Potter, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council Management Solution, at ron@nohvcc.org.

Individuals with suggestions about suitable and unsuitable routes for the trail can provide feedback in person at any of these listening sessions:

Cass, Crow Wing, and Wadena counties

6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31

Itasca and Aitkin counties

6-8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30

Blandin Foundation

100 N. Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids

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