Saturday, December 19, 2009

DEC Opens Franklin County Snowmobile Trails

The DEC has announced that is has opens the gates on snowmobile trails on Adirondack Forest Preserve lands in Franklin County. According to an announcement provided by DEC, the agency “typically waits until there is a foot of snow cover before opening the gates in order to protect the trail surface, the riders and natural resources adjacent to the trail.”

Franklin Snowmobilers Inc., the group that maintains the snowmobile trails under an “Adopt a Natural Resource” agreement with DEC, are expected to have the trails cleared early this coming week. Until they have finished clearing and grooming the trails, riders should be cautious of blowdowns and other trail obstructions.
Gates are now open on the following trail sections:

C7B between the Village of Saranac Lake and Lake Kushuqua.

C8 between Meacham Lake and Madwaska Pond. DEC reports that a beaver dam is obstructing the C8 trail at a gate just west of the former Debar Mountain Game Refuge. The agency says it will be “working with the Franklin Snowmobilers to address this obstacle.”

The spur trail between Madwaska Pond and the Blue Mountain Road.

Trail maps and conditions can be found on the Franklin County tourism website.

In addition to blowdown, DEC reports that their is logging activity in the following areas:

* Wolf Pond Road section of C8D;
* Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands (Chateaugay Woodlands) in the Loon Lake area; and
* Santa Clara Tract Conservation Easement Lands along the Blue Mountain Road between Paul Smiths and Santa Clara.

Here is the rest of the announcement from DEC:

Snowmobilers are reminded to be properly equipped and prepared before going out. Plan your trips, know your route and check weather conditions before going out on the trail. While riding, stay on marked trails, obey the rules for safe snowmobiling, and be respectful of other snowmobilers, skiers or snowshoers you may encounter on trails.

Speed and alcohol are the two main factors in snowmobile accidents. Always travel at speeds that are reasonable or prudent under the surrounding conditions, obey posted speed limits, and don’t exceed the state speed limit of 55 mph. Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

More safety tips and a complete list of rules and regulations can be found in the “New York State Snowmobiler’s Guide” and on the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s web site: http://nysparks.state.ny.us/

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