OHV recreation area expansion plans available for public review

A planned 2,500-acre addition to the Iron Range Off-Highway
Vehicle

Recreation Area (OHVRA) just east of Virginia will be discussed
a public

meeting on Friday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m.

The OHVRA Advisory Committee and the Minnesota Department of
Natural

Resources (DNR) invite the public to attend and provide
input.

The meeting will be at the Mountain Iron Community Center,
8586

Enterprise Drive South, just south of Highway 169 between
Mineral Avenue

and Mud Lake Road.

The 11-member OHVRA Advisory Committee will discuss plans
for

developing and using this new 2,500-acre site near Virginia.
Project

planners will report on issues and options people have shared so
far

during the plan review.

When completed, the Gilbert and Virginia sites will be linked
via an

off-road trail under Highway 135. Both sites will feature
recreational

trails and riding areas specially designed for OHV use.
Construction on

the Virginia addition to the OHVRA is expected to begin in late
2009,

following revisions to the facility’s original master plan
and

completion of project environmental review.

To review draft site designs or to submit written comments,
visit the

DNR Web site at .

Copies of the proposal are also available by contacting DNR
Planner

Brian McCann at 651-259-5627

or 888-MINNDNR (646-6367)], or by e-mail at

Brian.McCann@dnr.state.mn.us

Public comments on this draft proposal will be accepted until
4:30 p.m.

on Friday, Feb.13.

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