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ATV club becomes trail ambassadors

Members of the Woods N Wheels ATV Club Trail Ambassador Program include, front from left, Alex Myers, Kelly Rackovan, Karlene Negen, Gary Negen, Jeff Rackovan; back from left, Todd Olcott, Gary Thompson, Vince Schneider. Submitted Photo

The Woods N Wheels ATV Club based in Detroit Lakes is proud to present members of the Trail Ambassador Program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

To become a trail ambassador, each member is required to be a DNR Certified Youth Safety Instructor. This course is a self-study program that includes classroom training and a hands-on practical test.

Once volunteers are certified as instructors, they register with the DNR Safety and Education section and spend a very full day of classroom training in the ways of the Volunteer Trail Ambassador Program.

The Volunteer Trail Ambassador Program was started by the DNR in 2007. Since its inception, over 225 program volunteers have been trained in monitoring the Grant-In-Aid ATV trail systems throughout Minnesota.

The volunteers are trained in trail safety, reporting trail hazards, meeting and greeting riders at the trailheads and on the trail and answering questions the trail users may have regarding the trail system. Each team carries an abundance of material to assist all trail users on the trail systems.

Also, each trail ambassador has been trained in the identification of invasive species along the trails.

Information regarding the Woods and Wheels ATV Club and activities can be found at

Information regarding the Minnesota Trail Ambassador program is noted at