KOTA Territory motor vehicle trails are getting beat up this winter and officials are asking the public to take care of the land.
Black Hills National Forest officials say they have seen more damage done to the trails around Victoria lake, Shanks and the Schroeder area this winter. Many motor vehicle trails are being torn up by riders and drivers using the trails when they are still wet and muddy.
Scott Jacobson, Spokesman for the National Forest Service, says it takes a lot of resources to keep the trails open and safe to use. "A lot of folks like to be out in the snow, wet, and the mud and it's kind of a fun time to do that," said Jacobsen. "Let the roads and trails dry out a little bit, so you know we don't cause resources damage more damage we cause the more money, resources it to fix that up."
Jacobson says fixing damage to signs and fences from bullet holes is also sucking up resources and taking away from the beauty of the Black Hills. Shooting isn't prohibited in the National Forest, but officials ask visitors to not shoot at their signs or drive through area that are fenced off. "It's just going to be unfortunate for others because at some point we're going to have to do something about the shooting in this area and right now, it's been as you can see right now," said Jacobsen. "There's been so much damage we just ask people to take care of the property, take care of the land."
Jacobson also reminds those who visit the area to be cautious of down trees and muddy impassable trails.