I was made aware last week that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been working on (for many months) closing a large portion of the Pigeon River State Forest in Otsego and Cheboygan counties to horse riding, angering the multitude of horse back riders in our state, and many other people too.
Not only were they working on it, they had already appropriated funds to hire another Conservation Officer to better cover the large area to enfore the new rules and had purchased over 800 signs to be posted, of which they began to post 2 days after the director signed the ruling. The public did not have a chance to be heard until After the signed ruling. A meeting was held last Tuesday, May 13th in Lansing with some members of the State House present and open comments from the public.
Not only does this alienate the horse riders, but also serves another blow to our economic problems in our state, and here locally in Northern Michigan. And above all else, further removal of our rights as citizens to our so called "public lands". I will include some links below for more information. If you care enough let your voice be heard.