Important opoints to argue when talking with people about this plan!
Adirondack Snowmobile Plan
8 Foot wide trails are not
safe. Todays snowmobiles are 48 wide. To meet another sled on the trail is a recipe for an accident. Trails need to be wider.
The Plan calls for eliminating
tracked groomers on IIA and IIB trails. Why? Groomers do not damage the land. If a groomer can fit on the trail it should
be allowed to be used. Grooming with snowmobiles is giant leap backwards. What if a short trail segment on state land connects
trails on private land? Does that mean the club has to stop grooming with a tracked groomer on the border of state land and
pull out the inflatable skandic? How does the club get the tracked groomer to the trail on private land beyond the trail on
state land? The plan actually calls for the elimination of grooming with any size machine on Class
12' wide Community Connectors
will be built. These are called Class III trails. The plan calls for these to be built parallel (within 500 of travel corridors
or unit boundaries). These trails will be nothing more than a wider version of a hiking trail. According to the draft plan
rocks protruding less than 6 cannot be removed. This has the potential of shortening the snowmobile season because grooming
equipment will not be able to be used adequately unless there is sufficient snow cover. How would this benefit the economy
of the Adirondacks?
The plan calls for no material
increase of mileage within each individual unit. Common sense leads one to believe that if you move a trail from the interior
and move it to the periphery that alone will add mileage. Why should we penalized for moving trails?
Trail classification will
be determined during the Unit Management Plan process. That means we are operating on blind faith without the knowledge of
how current trails will be classified.Should we take that chance? The UMP process
in the past has let us down. Many are convinced the outcome of UMPs are predetermined before there is a public meeting.
The plan says trails no longer
used as snowmobile trails will re-vegetate. If these are used as hiking trails these trails will not have anything growing
on them. Hiking trails are more eroded than a snowmobile trail.
Please take the time to read the plan and attend the public hearings. It is
very important you submit a written copy of your remarks in your own words.