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Push to add ATV trails in western Md.

CUMBERLAND — An Allegany County official says a private developer wants to expand the number of off-road vehicle trails on state land in western Maryland.

County Commissioner William Valentine told the Cumberland Times-News on Monday that the unidentified developer wants to work with the state to bring more such trails to Allegany and Garrett County.

State officials closed three off-road vehicle trails in 2011 to curb environmental damage. They included an 18-mile trail through the Green Ridge State Forest.

Trails were also closed trails in the Savage River State Forest in Garrett County and the Pocomoke State Forest on the Eastern Shore.

Western Maryland still has more than 14 miles of off-road vehicles trails and more than 28 miles of snowmobiles trails on state land.

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