Vilas County Considers New Trail Policy

Feb 28, 2017

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With many user groups seeking trails on the Vilas County forest and along county highways, the county Forestry, Land & Recreation committee will consider a new trail policy identifying guidelines and methods for trail acceptance and oversight.

A draft being considered spells out what is needed to be presented with priority given to those trail systems that serve more than one recreational use and sponsors must accept a maintenance contract under best management practices guidelines. Trails cannot hinder present or future forest management activity and surfaces must be planned to handle heavy equipment used in logging operations.

The Forestry committee will make adjustments to the draft next month and then contact user groups for comment.