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Apostle Islands looks to get opinions about relaxing snowmobile and ATV access
Comment period open now
By Mike Simonson
91.3 KUWS
Published August 17th, 2004

People for or against using snowmobiles and ATV’s around the Apostle Islands have a few weeks to get their two cents in with the National Park Service. Kate Houlihan has the story.

Presently, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles are banned from the National Park System areas. However, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Chief of Protection Greg Zeman says national park areas can designate certain areas for them. “This is what this special regulation will do for the Apostle Islands, is designate the areas where snowmobiles and off-road vehicles can be legally operated.” The proposed rules would designate certain areas and routes in the national lakeshore for snowmobiles and ATV’s. These routes would only be on the frozen surfaces of Lake Superior, while staying off the islands. Zeman says the proposed changes would get rid of permit requirements for using ice augers for cutting holes to ice fish. “We’re looking for public input. This is part of the proposed rule making whenever national park service areas want to go forward with a special regulation. It is required we go through the proposed rule making through the Federal Register. Public has 60 days in which to comment. The park service will then analyze the comments and craft a final rule, which will be published in the Federal Register at a later date.” Opinions and comments can be sent to the Apostle Islands Superintendent until October 12. Copies of the proposed rules are available at park visitor centers or online at www.nps.gov/apis.

 

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