The State of Wisconsin says ATV registrations have increased 90 percent there since 2000 while snowmobile registration has decreased 1 percent. This news forms the basis for increased debate regarding four-wheeler land use and access rights.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says there were 220,171 ATVs publicly registered as of June 1, up from about 215,000 registrations during the same period in 2004. In comparison, about 220,000 snowmobiles were registered in the state last year.
While Wisconsin snowmobilers have approximately 22,000 to 24,000 miles of trails devoted to sleds, a DNR representative says there are about 4,000 miles of ATV trails available at different times of the year throughout the state.
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