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ATV trails a growing problem in CT state forests

STAFFORD SPRINGS-- Concerns over illegal trails are continuing to grow in state forests.

Environmental Conservation Police say ATV'ers and dirt bikers, for the most part, have been violators of creating their own trails on state land.

Both kinds of recreation are not allowed even on designated trails in state forests.

Freshly cut tree limbs and cleared brush are obvious signs of people going off the main path.

At Shenipsit State Forest, EnCon officers caught the cutter who admitted to them that he was clearing a trail for mountain biking.

"We don't want people cutting a trail the same as we don't want people dumping trash affecting the wildlife habitat," Officer William Vroman said.

With about 250,000 acres of state land to patrol in Connecticut, EnCon officers rely on people in the public to call in violations when they see them.