Minnesota All-Terrain Vehicle Master Plan

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About the Project
This Statewide Strategic Plan will identify strategies to enhance the ATV program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and address growing demand for ATV opportunities while considering the long-term environmental and financial impacts of trail development. Plan recommendations will be informed by a thorough existing conditions assessment, multiple public engagement sessions, and a robust statewide spatial analysis that incorporates social, environmental, and infrastructure data.

The final plan will include:

  • Trail inventory and existing system audit
  • ATV usership trends analysis
  • Maintenance and funding recommendations to ensure future trail viability
  • Economic impact estimates of ATV activity in Minnesota
  • Sustainable trail development recommendations
  • Trail development and connectivity opportunity analysis
  • Program, policy, and process recommendations

Project Process

Project Startup
The Project Startup phase includes the development of project contacts lists and a project website. It also includes a review of past planning efforts and initial data gathering for later phases of the project.

Project Startup
The Project Startup phase includes the development of project contacts lists and a project website. It also includes a review of past planning efforts and initial data gathering for later phases of the project.

Engagement
The Engagement Phase includes several public and stakeholder engagement opportunities. This phase stretches through most of the planning process and includes two public surveys, a series of focus groups and stakeholder meetings, as well as a meeting with members and directors of ATVAM. Follow this link to complete the visioning survey. More information on engagement opportunities can be found on the Public Engagement page below.

Inventory
The Inventory Phase includes a thorough data collection exercise that will result in a comprehensive database of existing ATV trail alignments and characteristics supporting enhanced management and decision-making. The planning team will engage with land managers and trail administrators to build out the quantitative and qualitative trail database.

Analysis
The Analysis Phase includes a robust spatial analysis that incorporates a variety of social, environmental, and infrastructure data. This analysis will help us identify areas of potentially suitable land for ATV trail development, as well as areas where sensitive natural communities or land management may present constraints. This phase also includes an economic impact analysis and an analysis of future maintenance needs and costs.

Plan Documentation
The Plan Documentation phase is where findings from the engagement, inventory, and analysis phases come together to form strategies and recommendations. During this phase we will identify trail development opportunities, economic development strategies, and funding requirements for future trail construction and maintenance.

About the Project
This Statewide Strategic Plan will identify strategies to enhance the ATV program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and address growing demand for ATV opportunities while considering the long-term environmental and financial impacts of trail development. Plan recommendations will be informed by a thorough existing conditions assessment, multiple public engagement sessions, and a robust statewide spatial analysis that incorporates social, environmental, and infrastructure data.

The final plan will include:

  • Trail inventory and existing system audit
  • ATV usership trends analysis
  • Maintenance and funding recommendations to ensure future trail viability
  • Economic impact estimates of ATV activity in Minnesota
  • Sustainable trail development recommendations
  • Trail development and connectivity opportunity analysis
  • Program, policy, and process recommendations

Project Process

Project Startup
The Project Startup phase includes the development of project contacts lists and a project website. It also includes a review of past planning efforts and initial data gathering for later phases of the project.

Project Startup
The Project Startup phase includes the development of project contacts lists and a project website. It also includes a review of past planning efforts and initial data gathering for later phases of the project.

Engagement
The Engagement Phase includes several public and stakeholder engagement opportunities. This phase stretches through most of the planning process and includes two public surveys, a series of focus groups and stakeholder meetings, as well as a meeting with members and directors of ATVAM. Follow this link to complete the visioning survey. More information on engagement opportunities can be found on the Public Engagement page below.

Inventory
The Inventory Phase includes a thorough data collection exercise that will result in a comprehensive database of existing ATV trail alignments and characteristics supporting enhanced management and decision-making. The planning team will engage with land managers and trail administrators to build out the quantitative and qualitative trail database.

Analysis
The Analysis Phase includes a robust spatial analysis that incorporates a variety of social, environmental, and infrastructure data. This analysis will help us identify areas of potentially suitable land for ATV trail development, as well as areas where sensitive natural communities or land management may present constraints. This phase also includes an economic impact analysis and an analysis of future maintenance needs and costs.

Plan Documentation
The Plan Documentation phase is where findings from the engagement, inventory, and analysis phases come together to form strategies and recommendations. During this phase we will identify trail development opportunities, economic development strategies, and funding requirements for future trail construction and maintenance.

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    The following forum topics highlight key ideas and themes which emerged during stakeholder sessions, public comment, and focus group discussions held previously in the process. These themes set the foundation for high-level recommendations for the plan. The purpose for this tool is to 1) share what we've heard in the process so far; 2) to further develop the key themes we've heard into actionable guidance; 3) provide a platform for community discussion.

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  • Complete Trail Systems

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    Identify what a “complete trail system” looks like and how to achieve it.

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  • Working with the DNR

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    Enhance communication and working relationships between DNR and outside organizations.

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  • Grant-In-Aid Program

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    Improve consistency, clarity, and user interface process of Grant-in-Aid process.

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  • Appropriate Areas for ATV Use

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    Identify appropriate areas for motorized use, avoiding impact on sensitive and critical habitats, residential areas, and wetlands.

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  • ATVs on Roadways

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    Establish consistent on-road policy framework that can be adopted at the state, county and municipal level.

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  • Rider Education, Safety, and Responsibility

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    Identify reoccurring opportunities for rider education, safety, and respectful & responsible riding courses for the public.

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  • Trail Management Objectives

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    Create standard Trail Management Objectives (TMO’s) across the state.

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  • Trail Maintenance & Development

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    Provide training opportunities for sustainable trail development & maintenance.

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  • User Conflict

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    a) Identify areas with an established user base that may experience negative impacts due to user conflict and displacement of other users groups due to motorized use.

    b) When possible, separate motorized and non-motorized trail uses while reducing the redundancy of infrastructure like bridges.

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