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MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES MISSION STATEMENT. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation protection management. use and enjoyment of the State s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION STATEMENT, The Natural Resources Commission NRC has the exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game and sportfish and is authorized to. designate game species and authorize the establishment of the first open season for animals The NRC holds monthly public meetings. throughout Michigan working closely with its constituencies in establishing and improving natural resources management policy. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides equal opportunities for employment and access to Michigan s natural resources. Both State and Federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race color national origin religion disability age sex height weight or. marital status under the U S Civil Rights Acts of 1964 as amended 1976 MI PA 453 1976 MI PA 220 Title V of the Rehabilitation Act of. 1973 as amended and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act as amended. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program activity or facility or if you desire additional information please. write Human Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources PO Box 30028 Lansing MI 48909 7528 or Michigan Department of. Civil Rights Cadillac Place 3054 West Grand Blvd Suite 3 600 Detroit MI 48202 or Division of Federal Assistance U S Fish and Wildlife. Service 4401 North Fairfax Drive Mail Stop MBSP 4020 Arlington VA 22203. For information or assistance on this publication contact the Parks and Recreation Division Michigan Department of Natural Resources PO. Box 30257 Lansing MI 48909 7757, This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. IC3602 Rev 05 16 2018,TABLE OF CONTENTS,Introduction 1. General Guidelines 1,Meaning of Standard Guidance Option and Support 2. Trail Clearance Standards 3,Authorized Trail Signs 3.
Trail Reassurance Markers 3,Snowmobile Trail Reassurance Marker 4. Snowmobile Trail Number Marker 4,Snowmobile Community Route Marker 4. Off Road Vehicle ORV Trail and Route Reassurance Markers 5. Motorcycle Trail Reassurance Marker 6, Motorcycle All Terrain Vehicle ATV Trail Reassurance Marker 6. ORV Route Reassurance Marker 6, Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail MCCCT ORV Route Reassurance Marker 6. MCCCT Road Reassurance Marker 6,Regulatory Signs 6.
Stop Sign 7,Yield Sign 7,Regulatory Selective Exclusion Signs 8. Stay on Trail Sign 8,Private Property No Wheeled Vehicles Sign 8. Snowmobile Prohibition Sign 8,Secretary of State Licensing Notice Sign 8. Motorcycle Only Notice Sign 9,Trail Closed Sign 9, Trail Closed to Wheeled Motorized Vehicles Ahead 9. No ORVs Sign 9,No Wheeled Motor Vehicles 9,Warning Signs 9.
Stop Ahead Sign 10,Object Marker 10,Sharp Turn Arrow Sign Left and Right 11. Combination Horizontal Alignment Intersection Sign Left and Right 11. IC3602 Rev 05 16 2018,One Direction Large Arrow Sign Left and Right 12. Off Road Vehicle ORV Directional Guide Arrow Sign 12. Single Side Intersection Sign right or left 13,Congested Area Sign 13. Trail Railroad Grade Crossing Advance Warning Sign 13. Logging Ahead Sign 14,Mixed Traffic Sign 14, Private Drive Sign Private Drives Ahead Sign and Supplemental Plaque 14. Wet Area Sign 15,Notice Groomed Snowmobile Trail 15.
Guide Information Signs 15, Snowmobile and Combined Use ORV Trails and Routes 15. Information Arrow Guide Sign 15,Service Information Signs 16. Road Identification Sign Not a required program sign 16. Snowmobile ORV Trail Sponsor Recognition Sign Not a required program sign 16. Illustrations 17, ORV Trail Brushing Cycle Trail Width and ATV Width 18. Dual Use ORV and Snowmobile Width 19,Typical Trail Road Crossing 21. Sharp Turn Arrow Sign Left and Right 22, Snowmobile Trail and Adjacent to Roadway Ditch Running 23.
Trail Adjacent to Roadway 24, Crossing Existing Roadway Bridge with Ditch Running 25. Trail Approved Non Roadway Railroad Crossing 26,Trail Sharp Turn Left or Right 27. ORV Trail Deviation 28,Trail Side 90 Degree Intersections 28. Trail Side 45 Degree Intersections 30,ORV Trail Mixed Traffic 31. Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail MCCCT Street Licensing Notice 32. Open Field Clear Cut 33,Bridge Crossing 34,Trail Side Intersection 35.
IC3602 Rev 05 16 2018,INTRODUCTION, The Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 1994 PA 451 as amended mandates the Michigan Department of Natural Resources DNR. to develop and provide facilities for outdoor recreation Including snowmobile and off road vehicle ORV trails The DNR is responsible for assuring the. motorized trail system is appropriately signed, The purpose of posting trail signs is to control and regulate the flow of traffic inform users of trail characteristics and provide information necessary for a. safe and enjoyable experience, This handbook is intended to assist trail sponsors DNR United States Department of Agriculture and Forest Service employees with trail signing. responsibilities in developing trail facilities Proper trail signing is for the benefit and convenience of the public. GENERAL GUIDELINES, All trail signs shall conform to the guidelines and principles of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices MUTCD. https mutcd fhwa dot gov and the Sign and Poster Guidelines for the Forest Service. https www fs usda gov Internet FSE DOCUMENTS stelprd3810021 pdf. Before you dig contact MISS DIG 811 IT IS THE LAW http www missdig org. All trail signs shall be reflective, Signs that are located on an improved shared use trail may use metal signs with reflective lettering Signs will be available at regional offices as.
All trail signs shall be placed on wooden posts no larger than 4 x 4 inches flexible composite type posts or yielding type metal posts as defined. in the MUTCD Posts shall be appropriate for sign holding purposes Signs that are being replaced on an improved shared use non. motorized snowmobile trail shall use the same type of post that previously existed. All regulatory and warning signs shall have a minimum size of 18 inches. All signs shall be placed on the right side of the trail Exception to this guideline will be discussed in the handbook. The minimum sign height is 5 feet from the ground measured to the bottom of the sign exception ORV reassurance markers. Signs and posts should be placed no more than 3 to 5 feet from the right side of the trail or groomed surface. All signs placed on state funded trails shall be approved by the DNR. Signs provided by the DNR are to be used only on designated state funded trails and facilities. Signs not needed for the safe use of a trail during the non snowmobiling season may be taken down at the end of each season Signs may be. left up at the discretion of the land owner If a sign is removed the post shall also be removed. Avoid overuse of all signs, NO other signs are to be placed on the STOP sign The only exceptions are for confidence markers approved by the DNR on the BACK of the. post visible to oncoming traffic Road identification signs may be placed on the front of the post below the stop sign. NO signs shall be placed in between the STOP AHEAD and STOP signs The only exception would be the LARGE DIRECTIONAL ARROW. sign between the STOP and STOP AHEAD Signs as needed see illustration pages 20 and 31. 1 IC3602 Rev 05 16 2018, If two signs are placed on one post the sign with the message of highest importance shall be placed on top. Brush shall be removed from around all signs to ensure clear visibility in all seasons and from all reasonable angles. No signs shall be placed on utility poles Object markers may be placed if within one foot of the groomed trail and with permission of the. utility company,No signs shall be posted on trees on state trails. MEANING OF STANDARD GUIDANCE OPTION AND SUPPORT, In this handbook sections dealing with design and application of traffic control devices the words Standard Guidance Option and Support are. used to describe specific conditions concerning the use of signs To clarify the meanings intended in this handbook the following definitions are. given and are based on the MUTCD, 1 Standard a statement of required mandatory or specifically prohibitive practice regarding a traffic control device All standards are labeled.
and the text appears in bold type The verb shall is typically used Standards are sometimes modified by Options. 2 Guidance a statement of recommended but not mandatory practice in typical situations All Guidance statements are labeled and the text. appears in un bold type The verb should is typically used Guidance statements are sometimes modified by Options. 3 Option a statement of practice that is a permissive condition and carries no requirement or recommendation Options may contain. allowable modifications to a Standard or Guidance All Option statements are labeled and the text appears in un bold type The verb may. is typically used, 4 Support an informational statement that does not convey any degree of mandate recommendation authorization prohibition or. enforceable condition Support statements are labeled and the text appears in un bold type The verbs shall should and may are not. used in Support statements, This handbook describes the application of traffic control devices but shall not be a legal requirement of their installation. 2 IC3602 Rev 05 16 2018,TRAIL CLEARANCE STANDARDS, Trails routes shall be cleared of brush branches and obstructions within dimensions according to the diagrams under. illustrations at the back of this manual, ORV trails include three categories Motorcycle Trails are to be cleared to 24 inches width at ground level and 40 inches at. handlebar level up to 8 feet ATV Trails are to be cleared to 50 inches width up to 8 feet ORV Routes are to be cleared to 72 inches. width up to 8 feet, Snowmobile trails are to be cleared to a minimum groomed surface width of 8 feet with a width of 12 feet to 16 feet desirable and a.
minimum height of 12 feet above the expected groomed trail snow depth. Each program ORV and Snowmobile Trail Grant Sponsors is responsible for meeting the highest common denominator for Trail. Clearance Standards, Clear trails of all trees brush stumps and rocks within one foot of either side of the groomed surface The trail sponsor is responsible. for removing all obstructions located within the above clearance specifications No brush or debris shall protrude into the trail so that. they may cause injury Trees logs foliage branches brush and other debris shall be pruned back flush to the main branch trunk or. cut flush with ground level Fallen trees and logs shall be removed to maintain specified trail width Ground logs shall be cut bucked. at 30 degrees or as otherwise directed by the jurisdictional agency All debris resulting from the clearing activity shall be removed. from the trail and disposed of in a manner that will not cause harm The trail sponsor shall brush all trail intersections to maintain. clear view of all traffic control devices, Cut branches flush with the trunk or main branch as not to leave projecting pickets. Personal Protective Equipment PPE is recommended when operating equipment. Cutting during dormant season and disinfecting tools for reducing the spread of invasive species is recommended. AUTHORIZED TRAIL SIGNS,TRAIL REASSURANCE MARKERS, Trail reassurance markers are essential to identify designated state motorized trail facilities. No signs shall be posted on trees on state trails, When ORV trails routes and Snowmobile trails are combined confidence markers for each will be posted at regular spacing intervals and. appropriately on directional arrows Snowmobile will be above ORV on multi use trails. Trail reassurance markers and travel management signs should be used to designate all state funded motorized trail facilities All trail. reassurance markers and travel management signs should be installed on wooden posts not larger than 4 x 4 inches or on approved flexible. type composite posts,3 IC3602 Rev 05 16 2018, Combination Snowmobile and ORV routes shall utilize plastic backed reassurance markers placed under snowmobile reassurance marker.
and stand alone ORV trail and routes shall utilize decals on composite posts as provided by the DNR. All trailheads should have travel management signs clearly displayed and follow the responsible agencies manual direction on proper. wording icons abbreviations and layout design,SNOWMOBILE TRAIL REASSURANCE MARKER. Snowmobile trail reassurance markers are 9 x 7 inches reflectorized orange diamonds A diamond marker is used to reassure the. snowmobiler that they are on a designated snowmobile trail or community snowmobile route. Snowmobile trail reassurance markers should be placed at intervals of 1 4 to 1 2 mile along the trail except on multi use linear trails where they can be. placed at mile intervals On improved multi use non motorized trails it is suggested that the markers be co located on the existing mile marker posts. under the mile number, Snowmobile trail reassurance markers may be placed at closer intervals on both sides of the trail when entering leaving or crossing open areas or farm. fields to identify a clear line of sight trail corridor. Page 2 of 31 IC3602 Rev 04 02 2012 MEANING OF STANDARD GUIDANCE OPTION AND SUPPORT In this handbook sections dealing with design and application of traffic

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