Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Adk Snowmobile Trails Conference, Stewards Sought

The New York State Snowmobile Association (NYSSA) will be holding the 4th Annual Adirondack Park Snowmobile Trail Conference at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake on Sunday, April 10th From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

This year conference will focus on the several new Unit Management Plans (UMP) that have been approved and those in the works. Once approved by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), plans for trail improvements can begin. Additional topics will be the status of Adirondack easements, Recreation Plans, and the new Trail Stewards program.
Snowmobile clubs who send representatives will be able to ask questions of the DEC about snowmobile issues in their area on easement and forest preserve lands, identify trails on the forest preserve that need work, relate problems and other issues in getting improvements made, learn of upcoming UMP actions, enter into discussions regarding UMP decisions on issues such as trail designation and trail closures, learn of trail logs, priorities, and work plans.

There is no fee to attend the conference, but notify Dave Perkins, NYSSA Trails Coordinator, if you plan on attending at 518-796-0897 or via e-mail at [email protected]

Trail Stewards Sought

NYSSA and DEC are partnering in a public-private partnership designed to make improvements to snowmobile trails on the Forest Preserve. Volunteers are needed to become Trail Stewards. Each Trail Steward should be willing to participate in two days of training with DEC personnel. Then, in the early summer or late spring, each Steward is expected to walk a Forest Preserve snowmobile trail taking
photographs and assessing the trail’s needs. NYSSA will be supporting Trail Stewards by funding out of pocket expenses such as mileage, meals, flagging tape, a backpack, and a GPS unit.

This is not a one-year program. Trail Stewards will likely become trainers of the next group of Stewards and could become leaders of volunteers actually performing maintenance work detailed under an approved Work Plan and supervised by DEC personnel.

The Adirondack Almanack regularly reports on snowmobiling in the Adirondacks. You can find all our stories here and weekly snowmobiling conditions reports here.

Almanack editor John Warren’s Adirondack Snowmobiling History can be found here.

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