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Rider Group Opposes Closing Western Md. ATV Trail

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — An all-terrain vehicle riders group in Virginia is fighting the planned closure of Maryland’s most popular ATV trail.

The Northern Virginia Trail Riders club said Monday that its members regularly use the Green Ridge State Forest trail and patronize western Maryland businesses.

They are asking the Department of Natural Resources to raise the annual user fee from $15 to $35 as an alternative to closing the trail.

The DNR said last month it will close the trail April 24 to curb environmental damage caused by a more than fourfold ridership increase since the early 1990s. It is considering relocating the trail.

The agency has already closed the Poplar Lick ATV trail in the Savage River State Forest and the Chandler Trail in the Pocomoke State Forest

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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