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In Brief

North Country Trail

Assoc. seeks donations

MARQUETTE — The North Country Trail Association is launching #GivingTuesday with a $20,000 matching gift.

Giving Tuesday is an annual movement to create an international day of charitable giving on the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving, at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

According to a press release, on Giving Tuesday in 2018, the North Country Trail Association community raised $11,000 and a generous donor matched it for a total of $22,000 to the North Country National Scenic Trail. That very same donor was so inspired by the giving, they decided to increase their match gift this year and challenge the community this Giving Tuesday for 33% more, matching a total of $20,000.

On Tuesday, the North Country Trail Association has 24 hours to raise $20,000 to meet this challenge, to raise funds that help build and maintain the trail, and build funding needed to promote and protect the trail. It’s one day that makes a huge difference to the 4,600 miles that wander through eight states to make the beloved North Country Trail.

People are encouraged to make a gift online at northcountrytrail.org on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

DNR proposes changes to forest roads for ORVs

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has proposed some changes to off-road vehicle use on state forest roads. The public is welcome to share comments on the proposed changes through Sunday.

The review is part of an annual effort to ensure that the DNR’s forest road inventory is as accurate as possible, while meeting legislative requirements outlined in Public Act 288 of 2016.

The proposed changes include Adding roads that previously were unmapped; deleting mapped roads that do not exist or no longer exist; losing roads to conventional vehicle use, including ORVs; closing roads only to ORV use; and opening roads to ORV use.

View the specific locations of proposed changes by using the interactive web map or by viewing printable maps available at Michigan.gov/ForestRoads.

Public input will be accepted via email and online until Sunday. Send emails to DNR-RoadInventoryProject@Michigan.gov or comment via the online map at Michigan.gov/ForestRoads. Instructions are available on the website.

Public comment also will be accepted at the January meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, where the state forest road proposals will be brought before the DNR director for information, and at the February commission meeting, when the DNR director is expected to decide.