Ozark National Forest Considers More Trails in Region 8 Counties

NOVEMBER 13, 2006 - Posted at 3:22 p.m. CST

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - Officials with the Ozark National Forest are considering an increase in the number of trails available for riders of off-road vehicles.

Officials have proposed closing about 300 miles of open roads in Ozark-Saint Francis National Forests that are in portions of Baxter, Izard, and Stone Counties.  The proposal, launched in August as part of a national initiative to protect natural resources, included keeping about 66 miles of its 360 miles of open roadway.

Chris Furr, a national resources specialist with the Ozark National Forest Sylamore Ranger District, spoke last week to the North Arkansas ATV Association.  Furr says that more roads will be considered for ATV use because the district received a number of requests to do so.

Those with the local ATV association were pleased forestry officials are considering adding more roads.

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