Dixie forest implementing new travel plan

Dixie forest implementing new travel plan

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- The Dixie National Forest is implementing a new plan outlawing unrestricted off-trail travel for motorized vehicles and designating some 2,700 miles of routes for ATVs and other vehicles.

The plan was approved last summer and implemented this fall.

It's part of a national effort to help federal officials better manage more and more off-road vehicles in the national forests and limit the effects on the environment.

Part of the implementation on the Dixie forest will involve moving boulders, ripping out roads and placing signs. Early next year, forest officials also plan to provide the public with a free map of routes for motorized vehicles.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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