To The Editor:
Snow is here, and hopefully it will last for a while. This letter is a sincere request that snowmobilers remain on marked trails. Volunteer members of snowmobile clubs spend many hours acquiring landowners permission to establish trails across their property. Many more hours are spent marking designated trails and grooming those same trails. Landowners give permission to travel their land on the marked trails for various reasons, but the snowmobile clubs are obligated to respect those reasons. Failure to remain on marked trails can result in the landowners revoking their permission. One landowner revoking his or her permission can result in an entire trail becoming unusable. While the majority of snowmobilers are responsible and respectful of others property, it is discouraging that a limited number of riders do not recognize the work involved and the privilege of traveling on private property.
All properties are important, but there are certain ones that are more vulnerable to damage because of their acknowledged usage. These include golf courses, cemeteries and farmers newly seeded fields. We have received complaints about these issues recently. Please avoid these areas by remaining on marked trails.
Another concern regards the failure to observe closely when crossing roads. Stop signs are located at road crossings because it is imperative that snowmobilers STOP and look before crossing the roads. This seems an obvious driving action, the same as it does when you are in any vehicle, but car/snowmobile accidents do occur, and many could be prevented by observing the rules of the road.
Please enjoy this snowmobile season safely and respectfully. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated by the numerous volunteers who build and maintain the trails in our area.
Dairyland Snowmobile Club