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OutdoorMN News - Public input sought on Border to Border ORV trail


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

Clay, Norman, and Mahnomen counties
Monday, Jan. 16
6-8 p.m.
Ada Public School Commons Area
604 W. Thorpe Ave.
Ada, MN 56510

Polk, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, Kittson, and Roseau counties
Tuesday, Jan. 17
6-8 p.m.
Crookston High School Choir Room
402 Fisher Ave.
Crookston, MN 56716

Hubbard and Becker counties
Thursday, Jan. 26
6:30-8:30 p.m. (note the different time)
Century School Cafetorium
501 Helten Ave.
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Beltrami and Clearwater counties
Wednesday, Jan. 25
6-8 p.m.
NW Technical College
905 Grant Ave. SE
Bemidji, MN  56601

Itasca and Aitkin counties
Monday, Jan. 30
6-8 p.m.
Blandin Foundation
100 N. Pokegama Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN  55744

Cass, Crow Wing, and Wadena counties
Tuesday, Jan. 31
6-8 p.m.
Cass County Land Department
218 Washburn Ave.
Backus, MN  56435

Cook and Lake counties
Wednesday, Feb. 15
6-8 p.m.
The Claire Nelson Center
Cramer Road
Finland, MN  55603

St. Louis and Koochiching counties
Thursday, Feb. 16
6-8 p.m.
American Legion
4543 US-53
Orr, MN  55771

“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 (DNR) Parks and Trails Division, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) 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 the Border to Border project update page.

Anyone unable to attend a listening session can provide feedback vie email to:

Mary Straka
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division
651-259-5644
[email protected]

Ron Potter
NOHVCC Management Solution
[email protected].

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