Voters in northern Wisconsin have another hot issue on their ballots this Tuesday. They'll decide whether or not to let ATVs on public trails.
A Vilas County referendum will determine if ATVs will be allowed on county trails, something that many people in the area say would hurt the serene environment.
"These kind of interferences are never good," said Jerry Woolpy, a biologist opposed to ATV Trails. "And in general, there are unforeseen consequences that are often hard to recover from."
Wooply says ATVs disturb small plants and trees. He adds that the off-road vehicles also pollute water ways, which can be damaging to fish populations.
But local ATV enthusiasts say the economic impact of ATV riders would be a big boost to the Northwoods economy.
"And if you don't build roads, you can't have places for anybody to go, and who's gonna come up from way down south to bring horses up or take a walking trail if they don't have no place to go," said Gary Weiland, Mid-Wisconsin ATV Trailblazers.
Weiland says the trails would bring about 40 to 50 people to Vilas County on a daily basis.
All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) Safety
Proper Riding Posture
Recommended Sizes for Age
Source: www.cpsc.gov (Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site) has contributed to this report.