FAQ: Trail Clubs, Trail Riders, Hikers, Skiers and Similar Uses

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COULD SNOWMOBILING OR ATV RIDING BE ALLOWED IN A HIGH PEAKS REFUGE?

YES. Recreation trails for snowmobiling and ATV riding are supported in many units of the NWR system. Each unit determines if particular trails are appropriate and compatible in particular locations. Trail clubs and individuals can support the continuation or establishment of particular recreation trails or trail systems during the public Environmental Assessment and Comprehensive Planning meetings.

Basically, pre-existing connecting recreation trails are usually continued as part of a new refuge, although some trails may have to relocated to prevent interference with sensitive wildlife habitats. New recreation trails have to be planned separately as part of the public process. Parts of a new High Peaks NWR would likely host many of the snowmobile and ATV club trails already developed, and would consider proposals for new or re-established trails as well. Snowmobile trails are already allowed at all the larger NWRs in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. ATV trails are less common, but ATV trails are allowed at various locations around the country. High Peaks Alliance is confident that existing and renewed snowmobile and ATV trails will be part of a new NWR in the High Peaks.

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COULD HIKING, SKIING, CAMPING AND SIMILAR USES BE INCLUDED?

YES. Six priority uses in a High Peaks refuge would be hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation. Facilities to support and encourage these activities would need to be part of the refuge plan, with non-motorized public recreation access and activities located in appropriate locations. High Peaks Alliance will continue to work with all organized trail and recreation groups to assure that many public recreation activities are established and supported.

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