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Lac du Flambeau tribe turns down proposed ATV trail

LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wis. (WXPR) -- Lac du Flambeau tribal members have voted against a plan for an ATV trail running through the reservation. A referendum failed Thursday with 126 votes against the plan and 79 votes in favor.

The Lakeland ATV Club had proposed to construct an 23-mile ATV trail through the reservation. Some tribal members felt the traffic and visitors would stimulate economic development. Others were concerned about the impact of an ATV trail on wildlife and air quality.

The tribal council says it will continue to explore environmentally sound options for recreational and economic development opportunities.