From the Frederick News Post:
Md DNR Press releaseMd. eyes ATV trail closures, tighter enforcement
HAGERSTOWN (AP) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it’s considering closing the state’s most popular off-road vehicle trail as part of a plan to curb environmental damage and illegal riding.
The agency released the recommendations Tuesday.
They include closing the 18-mile loop in western Maryland’s Green Ridge State Forest.
It is one of 41 trails, both legal and illegal, where the DNR found natural resources highly impacted. The factors include damage to rare, threatened and endangered species or sensitive habitats.
The agency also is considering tighter enforcement and higher fees for off-road vehicle use statewide.
The DNR is accepting public comments on the recommendations through April 30.
The agency says it will discuss the report with stakeholders and all-terrain vehicle users at a meeting Wednesday in Owings Mills.