The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released its Draft Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan.
While approximately 4,000 acres of the 10,000-acre area being studied have seen off-highway motorcycle use in the past, the new DNR plan proposes limiting motorized use to 1,100 acres.
That would represent a 72.5 percent reduction in available riding opportunities despite a DNR survey that showed motorcycling is the most popular use for the area (60 percent of user groups surveyed).
The DNR admits that the 1,100 acres proposed is inadequate to accommodate existing use, and their own research has identified an additional area suitable for OHV use.
Furthermore, because the plan does not explicitly identify motorized single-track motorcycle trails, there is no guarantee that there will be any left open to motorized use.
A "Save Reiter" Facebook page has been created and the Northwest Motorcycle Associations website has the latest information.