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Public hearings on proposed ATV rule, Sept. 16 and 24

An ATV connector trail proposed on 7,988-acre Les Newell WMA in Stockbridge

Two public hearings will be held to receive comment on a new rule proposed by the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) that would allow the Agency Secretary to designate connector trails for use by all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on public lands owned by the ANR.

The designation of trails for ATVs would be specifically for connecting key links between established Vermont All Terrain Vehicle Sportsman’s Association (VASA) trails on adjacent private or public lands. It would establish criteria for designating connecting trails and outlines the process of petitioning for designation of those connectors.

The proposed rule would also establish an ATV connector trail on a portion of the 7,988-acre Les Newell Wildlife Management Area in Stockbridge.

The hearings will start at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the Pavilion Auditorium 109 State Street, Montpelier and at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24 at Bethel Elementary School, 237 Pleasant Street, Bethel.

A site visit will be held on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Les Newell WMA. The proposed rule may be downloaded at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

The public comment period is open until Oct. 1, 2015.

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