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.

  • Public Engagement Timeline

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    1. Focus Groups
    The focus group sessions are an opportunity for the public to provide feedback and ideas on specific issues. Focus groups will be held between April and May and will be recorded. Please read the description for each focus group below and register if you are interested in attending. These sessions will include a brief project presentation and a combination of polling and discussion questions.

    Focus Group: Hosting an ATV System - Community Impacts

    This interactive discussion will explore the interplay between the ATV trail system, ATV users, and the community. Participants will share their experience hosting an ATV system in their area and the greater impact on the community.

    Focus Group: Where do we go from here? The Evolution of the ATV Program in Minnesota

    This interactive focus group will identify common goals, concerns and opportunities for the future of the ATV program in Minnesota. Participants will explore potential future outcomes and the balance between trail development, maintenance, connectivity and enforcement.

    2. Public Visioning Survey
    The public visioning survey will help us identify ATV use patterns and trends, trip characteristics and spending, needs and opportunities for improvement, and ATV management and planning considerations. This survey will allow both ATV users and non-users to provide feedback about their vision for the future of the ATV trail system and the management of ATV’s in Minnesota. If you would like to help promote the survey feel free to use the marketing materials.

    3. Stakeholder Groups
    Stakeholder meetings will be guided group discussions aimed at
    identifying concerns, opportunities for collaboration, and strategies that help create optimal outcomes for all parties. These meetings will be invite-based and will include representatives from economic development agencies, trail administrators, ATV users and businesses, and land management agencies.

    4. Trail Inventory
    The ATV system in Minnesota crosses many federal, state, county, and private lands and this plan will address the system as a whole. This process will rely on the participation and cooperation of land managers and trail administrators to provide information to help form a comprehensive understanding of the existing system. Accurately budgeting for new trail development and trail maintenance requires awareness of the scope and state of the ATV trail system. If you are a trail administrator or land manager that has qualitative or quantitative data about existing ATV trails, please follow this link and submit your information.

    5. Draft Plan Review
    This engagement opportunity includes public review of draft plan recommendations and supporting materials such as survey and analysis results.

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