Last month I posted about an open comment period the DNR had on proposed access to the Matthew Lourey State Trail for OHMs. The DNR has finished their study on whether or not an Environmental Impact Statement needed to be done first. They found that it is not needed. Hooray! This speeds up the process and reduces the cost considerably. This project can proceed to permitting and approvals. No promises yet on when the trail will open up for OHMs. But this is good news for those of us who want an easier way to get between Nemadji and St. Croix forests. A map is here. It would be even better for the TMAT if they would open up the trail all the way down to the Chengwatana as there is no direct access to that forest from the St. Croix today.