Protect Yourself And Others: Snowplowing Permits on USFS Roads

Gladstone, MI -- It's been a snowy winter here in the U.P. -- just look around at the berms, banks and heaps of plowed snow! Surrounded by the white stuff, this is a good time to remember the safety and liability issues related to plowing snow.

Hiawatha National Forest reminds you that road use permits are required for certain uses of Forest Service roads. For instance, whether you are hauling timber or gravel, or just clearing snow from a road within the Forest’s boundaries, you are required to obtain a permit in order to legally use public roads in this way. Individuals operating without required permits may be ticketed.

“Given the multiple uses that occur on Forest roads, certain road uses can pose serious safety risks. Resource damage and public safety concerns can develop with some uses,” notes Forest Supervisor Cid Morgan. “A primary purpose of the permit system is to minimize those risks. We want to avoid the hazards posed by things like plowing or hauling.”

Despite having issued several news stories in past years, Forest officials continue to discover unsafe, unauthorized private and commercial uses on Forest roads. Individuals who are planning certain uses on Forest roads within the jurisdiction of the Hiawatha National Forest are required to obtain a permit before beginning that use. Permits provide guidance and specifications – including provisions for safety- that need to be followed when utilizing roads on the national forest. Some permits are free, while others include a fee.

To inquire about a permit, please contact your local Forest Service contact, who can help you determine whether a permit is needed. Please contact the appropriate unit official as soon as you have identified a need to use Forest Service roads:

  • West Zone (Munising, Manistique, Rapid River) -- Tom Borth (906-474-6442 ext 2132)
  • East Zone (St Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie) -- Todd Kenyon (906-643-7900 ext 141)

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