Judge OKs redrawn ATV routes for Superior Forest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge says plans can proceed to redraw routes where off-road vehicles may travel in the Superior National Forest.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled last week against three environmental groups who sued to stop the plan.

The plan is part of a nationwide effort to restrict motor vehicles to designated roads and trails in U.S. forests. The groups argued the Superior National Forest plan violates environmental and land management laws.

Forest officials say their plan will benefit the environment by reducing mileage open to public motorized use.
Although off-road vehicles will not be allowed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, the groups argued allowing all-terrain vehicles near the wilderness area's border will increase noise levels.