Plans on closing Oregon Dunes trails to ATVs move forward

Plans on closing Oregon Dunes trails to ATVs move forward
In this July 1, 2012 photo drag racers take off from the starting line at the Oregon Dunes Raceway�s Sand Jam 6 in Coos County, Ore. (AP Photo/The World, Rachel Finney) MAGS OUT; NO SALES

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Public comments on a plan to close some unauthorized off-road vehicle trails in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area are due by Dec. 10.

The recreation area covers 29,000 acres from Florence to North Bend along the Oregon Coast. It's a popular playground for riders of dirt bikes, dune buggies and four-wheelers.

Over the years riders have carved out a 135-mile web of trails through the vegetated sections. Now the Forest Service is cracking down on riding in unauthorized areas.

The Gazette-Times reports an 150-page draft environmental impact statement about the plan has been released for public comment.

Some 5,930 acres of open sand has been set aside for off-road vehicles.

There's another 4,455 acres of vegetated areas where riding is allowed on 34 miles of designated trails.


Information from: Gazette-Times


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