Aitkin-Itasca 70-Mile OHV Trail EAW Now Available

07/28/2008

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

28 July 2008

Contact: Terry Neff, Aitkin County Environmental Services Director, (218) 927-7342

 

 

Aitkin-Itasca 70-Mile OHV Trail EAW Now Available

 

 

The Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for Phase I of the 70-Mile OHV Trail Project is now available.

 

The project connects three existing recreational trails in an extensive, quality ATV/OHV trail system in Aitkin and Itasca Counties, Minnesota. The new designated trail is designed to be environmentally sensitive, economically beneficial, and community supported. A project goal is to reduce natural resource impacts associated with unregulated cross-country travel. Overall the project includes an estimated 60.2 miles of trail with 47.3 miles (79%) located on existing logging trails. There are 12.9 miles of new trail construction proposed.

 

A copy of the EAW is available for public review at the Aitkin County Courthouse, 209 2nd St. NW Room #100 Aitkin, MN 56431. The EAW is also posted at the project website: http://www.70miletrail.net

 

Click here to download the EAW (pdf, 7.2 MB).

 

A 30-day public review and comment period will begin on August 11, 2008, with the publication of the notice of availability of this EAW in the EQB Monitor. Aitkin County invites public comments on the EAW during the public review period from August 11th to September 10, 2008.

 

Written comments on the EAW must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday September 10, 2008 to the attention of:

 

Terry Neff, Aitkin County Environmental Services Director

209 2nd St. NW Room #100

Aitkin, MN 56431

 

Electronic or e-mail comments may be sent to aitkinpz@co.aitkin.mn.us with “70-Mile OHV Trail EAW” in the subject line. If submitting comments electronically, please include your name and mailing address. Written comments may also be sent by fax to (218) 927-4372.

 

For additional information, or to request copies of the EAW, please call (218) 927-7342.

 

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UPDATE: Click here to Download the Final Record Of Decision approved by the Aitkin County Board of Commissioners on October 28, 2008.

 

For more information, visit the project website at http://www.70MileTrail.net