All terrain vehicles banned from ag area ditches until August 1
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds riders that Minnesota law prohibits the riding of Class 1 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in ditches south of the agriculture line between April 1 and Aug. 1.
This does not apply to ATVs licensed and used for agricultural purposes. Class 2 ATVs cannot be operated in ditches at any time. The agricultural line runs roughly from Moorhead to Taylors Falls along Highway 10 and Highway 95.
"With warm weather on the way, many OHV riders are anxious to hit the trails," said Maj. Roger Tietz, DNR enforcement operations support manager. "Roadsides, especially in southern and western Minnesota, provide nesting sites for birds and animals that nest on the ground or in low vegetation during the spring and summer. This law protects those nesting sites and habitat for animals like pheasants, gray partridge, rabbits, waterfowl and songbirds."
The DNR will also need to temporarily close some wet state forests roads and trails to highway-licensed vehicles and OHVs. Riders are advised to check on trail conditions and temporary closures before planning riding trips.
Trail condition information is available on the DNR Web site. Trail conditions are also available from the DNR Information Center by calling 651-296 6157 or toll-free 888 MINN DNR (646 6367).
The DNR posts closure signs at entry points and at parking lots in state forests.