UPM Blandin encourages responsible land use during hunting seasons

(Grand Rapids, MN, November 4, 2013) – UPM Blandin foresters are asking the public to respect the land. With hunting season underway, the public is urged to read and understand the changes to Blandin’s recreational use policy.
If you have questions or see violations to the Blandin recreational use policy please contact your area conservation officer. 
The fastest, preferred way for the public to reach a conservation officer is through the 24-hour TIP line at 1-800-652-9093, or by calling the State Patrol Dispatch (our closest is Virginia) at 651-582-1544
The most notable change is the use of motorized access. ATV/OHV use is allowed only on roads that are built and maintained by Blandin and only on trails that are marked with “OPEN” signs. All other trails and cross country travel are closed to motorized access. Using ATV’s to go cross country for any reason including accessing and putting up hunting stands, to retrieve harvested game, or trapping is not allowed.
Please be considerate of others and do not park in front of the gates. These roads are for emergency access and Blandin forestry employees/ contractors’ business use.
Only portable hunting stands can be used and must be taken down within seven days after the hunting season for which they are used. ANY kind of hunting stand left on Blandin land out of the fall hunting season is considered permanent and will be removed. If the owner of a portable (store-bought) stand wishes to have it back, they will have to pay a fee. Nailing anything into trees is prohibited.
No trees or brush can be cut for shooting lanes and mowing of vegetation for any reason is not allowed.
These are a few highlights from the entire policy which can be viewed at www.upm.com/na/blandin-forestry/ About Us, Map, Important Details Regarding Forest Recreational Guidelines. As a user of Blandin forest land, you are responsible for knowing and understanding the rules. Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy the land.

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