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ach month we bring exciting stories of Snowmobiling and ORVing in Michigan. This month, I developed Covid/ flu virus and have been pretty much house bound for close to 3 weeks. My faithful canine companion really enjoyed the extra attention, but I am so glad to be well enough to get out and enjoy our great state again! So many things have been going on in our sport – hope you have great memories, plans and new ways to be involved. Here’s a few highlights: 1. Soo I-500! After an unprecendented season of cancellations, the Grand-Daddy of Snowmobile racing ran again! This month’s Under the

Helmet features Cadarette Racing. Owner Greg Cadarette and drivers Ryan Spencer and Troy Dewald. By the time this issue is distributed – our Under the Helmet teams will by hard at work getting ready for 2023! 2. In two different articles, Jim Duke discusses the potential legislation both at the state and national level that could impact our sport. He points out that of the Seven Million nationwide snowmobile riders, only 75,000 have any involvement with their local club or state organizations. I challenge our readers to become involved and make Michigan the leading exception to rider participation in club

membership. Be informed, be involded and be heard – join one of the 132 snowmobiling clubs this state has to offer. 3. For dreaming and planning fun – make sure to read about Drummond Island, Yellowstone and Canada. Speaking of legislation, who ever thought travel between Michigan and Canada would be as limited as it has been for nearly 2 years. I miss our neighbors to the north. Perhaps another letter to our leaders in congress is in order. 4. Make sure to read about Operation Injured Soldiers. A non-profit organization committed to providing outdoor adventures to our recovering veterans and their

families. Another great program to support. I hope each of you is enjoying good health while dreaming of fun and opportunities in our pages! We look forward to seeing everyone at local events, at chapter meetings and volunteering in support of Michigan Snowmobiling and ORVs. Please remember to keep all our first responders in your thoughts and prayers. As always at Michigan Snowmobiler and ORV please feel free to reach out to us. We love to hear from our readers. Be safe and enjoy the trails until our next issue:

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recently became aware of a hunting or fishing excurof an organization that sion, or maybe just going to TOP: The honors and supports our a ball game. It may also be a large house provides nation’s veterans, specifically bit more physical like playing September, 2019 - MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILER 17 lodging for a division of that organization hockey, baseball, or other veterans and that’s dedicated to providsuch sporting activities. But Wednesday, October 16th Visit our families. website at their ing a opportunity to get out it can also be a more rigorfrom 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM www.ejchamber.org. Entrance Sign and enjoy a variety of fun ous activity such as riding downtown East Jordan feaat the Brave activities. The organization is motorcycles, snowmobiles, turing children’s games, venHearts Estate. Operation Injured Soldiers, and off-road vehicles, and dors, business special sales a 501(c)3 charity located in that’s where the OIS Riders and events, pie contest, face South Lyon, Michigan which Division comes in. painting and Twister Joe provides recreational therapy I first met Jason Middleton, Northern Michigan’s Favorite for injured soldiers. Now in the Director of the OIS RidBalloon Artist plus more. it’s 10th year, it is comprised ers at the Snowmobile USA ofcommunities an all-volunteer board Show in Novi, Michigan last offer from or- When planning your fall color ofchards, directors, including their individuals and businesses, is provided through some November where we briefly tour and event destinations… corn mazes, pumpkin administrators. and according to the OIS means of recreational activity discussed the possibility patches, art galleries, resale make sure East Jordan is As a charity, their major Treasurer, an average of 93% and depending on the needs of joining in on one of their shops, hand blown glass number #1 on your list! Email source of operating capital of every dollar donated is of the individual, the OIS is snowmobiling events. Since shop, antiques, restaurants or call us today for color tour comes from fundraising applied to one or more of the there to assist in getting the that time, I’ve done quite routes, area information and and much more. events held statewide, and veteran programs. soldiers what they need. The a bit of research into the more at 231-536-7351 or The East Jordan Pumpkin The donations from supporting therapy, as mentioned, recreation may be in the form organization and have had Fest will be celebrated on email info@ejchamber.org –

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more communications with Mr. Middleton where I’ve learned that the OIS actually has a second facility, a vacation retreat of sorts, located in Pellston, MI. It is the Brave Hearts Estate, donated by an anonymous veteran on Veteran’s Day in 2014 with just one stipulation, that it be used strictly as a retreat and a place where veterans and their families can come for rest & relaxation so essential to the health and well being of our brave men and women warriors. The Brave Hearts Estate, located in Emmet County just a couple of miles west of town at 4171 Ely Road in Pellston, sits on 238 acres of prime real estate which offers ideal hunting opportunities as well as many other outdoor recreational endeavors. It is managed by the all-volunteer OIS Board and is the assembly point for many OIS events including the OIS Rider activities. The building has eight bedrooms, many with enough beds to accommodate up to four or even six per room. There is three dining rooms with adequate seating and an expansive kitchen. Each of the three levels has a large living room and the lower level is a walkout basement with three bedrooms, also has a living room and a full kitchen.

There are no elevators in the house but that doesn’t mean it is not handicap accessible. There is a chairlift to give wheelchair bound veterans access to the third floor. The estate hosts two to three families each weekend free of charge with lodging, breakfast and a light dinner. I asked how the OIS Rider Division of the organization came to be and Jason said he grew up racing motocross and has been an avid enthusiast of almost all motorized sports including ATV’s, snowmobiles and motorcycles. He says as a longtime volunteer of the OIS and seeing the events getting bigger and bigger with each passing year, he created the Riders Division as another outlet for veterans to enjoy the outdoors with scheduled and supervised rides, snowmobiles in the winter months and offroad vehicles in the warmer months. He says they view this as recreational therapy, and it gives everyone that participates a good feeling of accomplishment. From an outsider’s point of view, this organization is doing a wonderful job of assisting injured servicemen, and their family members, along the road to rehabilitation. From a career veteran’s point of view, what they are doing is priceless! •






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or pure enjoyment and world class snowmobile trail riding. Look north to Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The picturesque trails and scenic overlooks abound in arguably the best snowmobile trail system in the Midwest. With an average snowfall of 250 inches and over 230 miles of groomed trails that start just 15 miles south of Houghton Michigan and reach the top of the Keweenaw at Copper Harbor. Riders find themselves engulfed in scenic natural beauty and a winter riding adventure that seems endless. Mother nature blesses this playground with an abundance of snow. But the manicuring of Keweenaw’s wondrous winter world is the responsibility of the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club. The Keweenaw Trails

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Services d.b.a. Keweenaw Snowmobile Club is a nonprofit organization, located in Calumet MI., responsible for grooming and maintaining 235 miles of snowmobile trails. The system runs from Toivola (about 15 miles south of Houghton) to Copper Harbor and extending further to the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. 235 miles of groomed trails, that’s like grooming from Calumet to Green Bay, Wi., and when two shifts are needed that is equal to turning around in Green Bay and heading back. They have a fleet of five state-of-the-art groomers and a select team of dedicated and experienced trail groomers. Backing them up are a dedicated and knowledgeable team of volunteers. Snowmobile enthusiast that give of their time, talent, and treasure to provide the riding


enthusiast with an unforgettable experience. The club works very hard building positive relationships with landowners, land managers both public and private, local business owners, politicians, law enforcement agencies, charities, and many others. With that responsibility comes the challenge of continued success and growth. We are talking about 8 percent of all the trails combined in the U.P. Financially can the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club survive in the present as well as the future? How can the club which has taken on the task of maintaining the largest trail system in the state of Michigan survive? To understand the financial challenges, lets step back a bit in time. Back to earlier times when the snowmobile tourism industry start-

ed to take off. When the Keweenaw Peninsula was not a winter fun destination. Fortunately, in the late 1970’s a pioneering group of local business owners from Houghton, Calumet, and Laurium, pooled their resources and formed the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. They recognized the need to promote a growing winter tourism opportunity. Working together, a hotel room tax mechanism was created, and that revenue was dedicated to building and maintaining a snowmobile trail network. At the same time relationships were established with landowners that allowed property access and the use of old rail beds. Shortly after, progressive leaders in the DNR established a revenue generating trail pass program that is dedicated to assist in the maintenance of club trail systems. A true user fee. Enthusiasm was in the air, trail riders came, people laid off in the winter months were able to find employment as groomers. And the club grew its trail system to where it is today. But all was not rosy, as the club grew its span of responsibility, financial support has not kept up. The room tax assessment revenue that was originally created for promoting the local growth of snowmobile tourism has all but dried up. Hotel revenue has been affected these past two years and the managing entity that controls the room tax assessment revenue has redirected those funds. The DNR which is charged with control of revenue generated from trail stickers, allocates the funds on certain criteria. One of major

concern is, that a club is supplemented based on miles of trails groomed. Unfortunately, the methodology used to allocate the funds treats the approximate 132 snowmobile clubs, (SnowGoer magazine list) in the state equally. By that, a club with one groomer and say 30 miles of trail is scored the same as the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club with 235 miles of groomed trails and 5 groomers. Which creates a great disparity in the allocation of revenue needed to cover operational costs. Certainly, there are financial challenges the Keweenaw Snowmobile club faces. But like the copper miners of days past who faced the adversities underground, the club continues to build for the future. A new groomer maintenance building is currently under construction. All being done with donations, an army of volunteers, and the support of generous contractors. The bulk of operational cost are covered by the trail sticker revenue and donations. How can you and I help? Become a member, Join, there is strength in numbers. Becoming a member of the Keweenaw Snowmobile club helps that you and like-minded individuals can continue riding the trails, have input on the trails, support the local community, and ensure that the amazing trails of the Keweenaw are here for future generations. Below is the link to The Keweenaw Snowmobile Club. There you will find investment opportunities on memberships, donating towards the completion of the new groomer maintenance facility and club information. http://www.keweenawsnowmobileclub.com/home.htm

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s the fear of a resurging pandemic grips the nation, many folks are saying they’ve had enough and are unwilling to regress into the mandatory wearing of masks or quarantine-style lockdowns, and most who are willing to speak out have indicated that they’ve lost confidence in anything Doctor Fauci is saying which may pertain to the coronavirus. But this is not about any political stand, instead it is about whether we, the winter season enthusiasts, will be able to get outdoors and enjoy our chosen recreational endeavors or not. Here in our great state,

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there have been several proposals submitted to the legislature for consideration that could, if accepted and enacted, change the way many of us might pursue those endeavors, and some may well be created due to that dreaded disease. Here in Michigan, some of the proposed legislative changes are, or at least will be, controversial and more than likely contested by those who will be most affected, but once approved and implemented there will be little, if anything, that can be done. One of the more prominent proposals before the State Legislature is House Bill No. 4535 first intro-


duced back in March of this year by almost a dozen Representatives, read and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation.The bill incorporates a number of amendments to Public Act 451 of 1994 entitled “Natural resources and environmental protection act” that pertains to snowmobiling within the state of Michigan. HB 4535 is tie-barred to HB 4536 and must be considered one with the other before any action can be recommended. Since these bills have been proposed, considered, and sponsored in the state legislature for more than a year, perhaps a

quick review of what they entail is in order. HB4535 (in part) would prohibit wheeled vehicles from driving on snowmobile trails between December 1st to April 1st of each year. It amends Sections 8210 and 82110 of the 1994 Public Acts 451. HB4536 creates civil actions for violations of the previous bill, establishes fines for those infractions, and would allow the fines to be deposited into the Recreational Trails Improvement Fund. It would amend Section 8831 of the 1961 Public Acts 236 that specifies fines levied under Section 8827 go to the Library fund. As of the 14th of Octo-


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included in the $550 Billion infrastructure bill that passed the Senate back in early August, and it had solid bipartisan support, but the estimate needed for non-highway recreation fuel collections from the Federal Highway Administration was not official until after the Senate Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework was finalized, so RTP remains at the current level of $84 million for the time being, but efforts are already underway in the House to raise RTP funding through the reconciliation process, so all is not lost just yet. Another touchy subject is the continuing drama surrounding the 30 X 30 Conservation Plan and just what all is included in it. Discussions with representatives of the Department of Interior, the Nature Conservancy, and folks from the Indigenous Environmental Network produced as many unanswered questions as it did answers, but the one thing made clear was that the intent of the plan is to preserve as much intact land & water as possible

and treat it as Wilderness. That means no motorized access at all and as little human intervention as can be contained. That, in a nutshell my friends, is the definition of a total lockout! The question remains of just how all this will be funded, how it will be enforced, and by which agency or agencies. A group of Republican Congress members recently presented alternatives to the President’s 30 X 30 initiative placing more attention on productive management of public lands rather than designating more wilderness areas. In support of the proposal Senator S. Daines stated “ we know how to be good stewards of Senator S. our lands” and Daines concerning conservation, he recommends an initiative using science-based, time-tested and locally driven practices for meaningful conservation outcomes, contrary to President Biden’s vague 30X30 initiative. The locally driven practices he

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devices, and expects this to be completed by the year 2025. At a recent industry conference, the Secretary of Interior said that her agency plans to lease installation sites in the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of Maine, and off the coasts of California and Oregon. Just a couple of months ago the administration approved the first of several major commercial offshore windfarms along the Atlantic coast. As mentioned previously, perhaps some of the information contained here is of little interest to snowmobilers at this point in time, but as witnessed many times in the past, there can always be a catch that may cause more closures to our public lands which, in turn, affects our ability to access and ultimately enjoy those lands. It’s best to keep a watchful eye on happenings in our nation’s Capital whether or not it seems uninteresting to us at the time. Privileges once lost may never be regained. Thank goodness we have diligent folks there to look after our best interests. •

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f you’re looking for peak pristine wintertime beauty, allow Drummond Island to unfold before your eyes. When the snow arrives, this emerald escape becomes a winter wonderland full of endless adventure opportunities for everyone to enjoy. Drummond Island was voted by Pure Michigan as “the #1 place to snowmobile.” Over 80 miles of groomed snowmobile trails wind through unspoiled wilderness unequalled in the North. From DeTour Village, ride your sled right onto the Drummond Islander Ferry! The trail picks up right off the boat. The Drummond Island Dolomite Quarry haul road closes for the season, to become The Quarry Trail. This scenic trail leads you towards town and the various trail loops the Island has to offer. Trailer parking is also available. Those heading north on the snow trails will find breathtaking views of First Lake: part of the inland chain of lakes on Drummond Island. The Maxton Trail is the northernmost trail. It brings riders to a unique viewing of the Maxton Plains Alvar. An expansive, rare grassland blanketed in soft white snow that glistens in the moonlight and provides crystal clear dark sky views. Exploring the island by snowmobile gives you access to sights and locations not available any other time of year. Many trails take you over privately owned

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land, where owners only allow use of their property to snowmobilers. As you travel along the northeastern side of the island, the route takes you past Sand Bay, where you can catch a glimpse of the marvelous ice caves and formations from the trail. The Marble Head Trail will take you to the eastern most point of Drummond Island. The view at Marblehead is breathtaking. The stop offers a unique viewpoint of our Canadian neighbor, Cockburn Island, as you stand atop a 100foot limestone cliff face that overlooks snow covered trees and the vastness of Lake Huron. The Ice Bridge to Canada remains a favorite winter adventure. Marked by locally donated Christmas trees, the Ice Bridge runs across frozen waters from the US Customs office (located at Drummond Island Yacht Haven Marina) north to St Joseph Island, Canada. Be sure to download the ROAM App, provided by the U.S. Customs

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cated at the Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center. Turtle Ridge is a 400-acre playground of trails perfect for those in search of a challenging, snowy four-wheeled excursion. The Resort also offers miles of groomed cross country ski trails that await both novice and expert through rolling pine and birch forests. If it wouldn’t fit in your car continued on page 20

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THE TRAILS Calumet lies north of Houghton, about ten miles from the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, and forty miles south of Copper Harbor. This puts riders in the middle of the Keweenaw’s 200+ miles of groomed trails allowing for easy day trips in either direction. Riders traveling north along Trail #3 are greeted by one of the Keweenaw’s most iconic views: the impressive emergence of the Cliff Range. Also referred to as the Keweenaw Spine, these exposed bedrock cliffs jut skyward forced up by the Keweenaw Fault. The Cliff was home to the Keweenaw’s first profitable copper mine and is credited with kicking off the region’s mineral rush. Continue toward Copper Harbor to access rider favorites like Brockway Mountain and even the remote High Rock Bay at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula.


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ica’s oldest continually operated ice rink: The Calumet Colosseum. The Colosseum was built in 1913 and won the distinction of “Hockeyville USA” in 2019 by the National Hockey League (NHL). Visitors can also give the sport of curling a try by visiting the Copper Country Curling Club located in a historic mining drill shop. Groups can rent the space (which includes instruction time) by visiting the club’s website or calling 906.281.3456. EATING, DRINKING AND SHOPPING Downtown Calumet hosts several locally owned places to eat, drink and shop in between sledding adventures. The Michigan House Restaurant serves great burgers and sandwiches and is home to the Red Jacket Brewery.

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Who got you into snowmobiling and when; and what was their influence on you with regard to the sport? Tim Leeck. We started entering local races in northern Michigan and that got us going. Tim pushed to start oval racing, and after our first one, it was evident he was a better racer and I was a better sled builder, but that worked! His brother Danny filled in next and that was the beginning. When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track? My proudest achievement has to be four I-500 wins – on three different brands. I’ve been blessed and lucky to have experienced multiple championships and wins with some really great teammates. Sweeping every race in 2019 was fantastic. What is your career goal as an owner? Put simply, it’s to keep going after more wins. What were the driving factors to start the race team? This is kind of a funny story and unexpected start to our team. In 1991, Tim and I were having a few drinks the night before the I-500 and on a whim, said “what the heck, let’s go try to qualify.” We were not expecting success, just to have a little fun. We pulled a sled together and were on our way. Tim ran it and low and behold … qualified! We didn’t race that year, but we went back the next year and have been racing ever since. I guess it was meant to be. •

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Ryan Spencer

Who got you into snowmobiling and when; and what was their influence on you with regard to the sport? My dad, Terry Spencer, got me into snowmobiling and racing. He bought me my first Kitty Cat when I was 3 years old in1978. I use to tear up the back yard with all the neighborhood kids, pulling them around on a sled, getting stuck all of the time. My dad started racing the year before I was born. He started in MISA races and USSA races around Michigan. When MIRA formed, he switched to enduro racing and never looked back. My dad and his drivers, Rob Sass and Bill Britt were huge influences on me growing up. All I wanted to do was be like them.I would run that Kitty Cat around the yard pretending to be them. Dad quit driving in 1984 when my mom got sick with cancer but kept Team Spencer going as the owner/head mechanic and ended up winning the MIRA Pro Enduro Championship that year. When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track? I started racing my Kitty Cat at 8 years old at the old Gladwin County Ice Carnival in Albright Shores, MI. I outgrew that and couldn’t race again until I was 12 on an old Yamaha Enticer in Stock 3 class. The next year the age limit was raised to 14 so I had to sit out a year. I ran one race at 14 years old at Lincoln in the Formula 56 class on a 1981 Arctic Cat Sno Pro, where I crashed the sled and kinda scared myself. The


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Troy Dewald

Who got you into snowmobiling and when? What was their influence on you with regard to the sport? My parents had snowmobilies when I was very young. My oldest brothers Keith and Kevin raced before my time in some amateur gigs. Keith built a drag sled for our small-town festival and I was bit with the racing bug from that time on. I was only about 12 years old but I wanted to drive it so bad I could taste it. I didn’t start oval racing until I was about 25 years old with Ed Badour. When did you start racing and what is your proudest achievement so far on the track? I ran with Ed Badour for about 1 year and then got started with the late Ken Manning in 1996. I raced on my own program for many years with Todd Krikke, Doug Flannery, and Brian Metzger. Hard to decide on a proudest moment, it’s a toss-up between 3 Soo I-500 wins, 12 MIRA Championships, or 7 Eagle River wins in 2007. All have earned a very special place in the memory book.

What is your career goal? To retire healthy as a winner. How did you become part of this racing team? Greg Cadarette approached me after taking a year off, and asked me if I would like to come drive for him and be a part of his team. That turned out to be a great decision. We have been very successful in accomplishing several wins and championships. • MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILER + ORV • FEBRUARY • 2022

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here’s never a lull in the political activity at our nation’s Capital, and most of the time those activities actually serve nothing or rarely anything of importance. Once in a while, however, issues are brought to the House or Senate floor for consideration, discussion, and possible inclusion in the legislative process that could have an impact on motorized recreation and, whether positive or negative, those of us that enjoy the freedom of motoring through the woods and wildlands, should be made aware of such proposals. Thanks to the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) and their legal watchdogs, not much gets passed them, whether it is of a recreational nature or simply items of interest, that is not made public. Sometimes the issues require public input and at other times it becomes urgent for the interested parties to take immediate action and contact their elected officials. Although nothing of that magnitude is on the radar at this point in time, it never hurts to let your Representatives and Senators know you are paying attention to their positions on such initiatives. There are some interesting proposals for legislation circulating around the halls of Congress that bear watching, and although none are coming from within our great state, there’s always the possibility that the trickle-down might have a later impact. For example, recall if you will, the Canadian Lynx issue of some years past. We may have thought that one was done with because it eventually waned in publicity, but it has remained very active, and still at the top of some agency agendas. The Canadian Lynx has been considered an endangered specie for many years and was, in fact, placed on the official ESA list some twenty years ago although a promised recovery plan

never transpired and eventually brought about some legal action. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of several environmental groups including Rocky Mountain Wild; WildEarth Guardians; Cascadia Wildlands; and Oregon Wild, just to name a few. Under a recently announced legal settlement, agreement between the environmental groups and the Fish and Wildlife Service, a formal recovery plan will be established identifying what the FWS must do to reduce the threat of extinction and how best to get it done. The FWS has agreed to keep the animal on the ESA list with a completion date for the recovery plan by December of 2024. Research within Michigan found no evidence that a single Canadian Lynx ever existed in the State, but should evidence have proved otherwise, motorized recreational access could have been seriously impacted. Concerned about proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act, U.S. Congressman Cliff

Bentz (R-OR) introduced House Bill 5708 pertaining to habitat designations, and U.S. Congressman to restrict such Cliff Bentz designations for areas not inhabited by an endangered species. Questioned as to why the concern, perhaps many folks are unaware of what exactly the ESA has the ability to do. While no one really wants to see any specie become extinct, many use the premise of a threat to further their own agenda, most often to eliminate or at least limit access to a particular area, and once designated as ES habitat, it must be treated about the same as Wilderness. Those of us who have been involved in outdoor, specifically winter, recreation will remember the fiasco with the spotted owl and the ensuing litigation to eliminate motorized access to specific areas where it presumably made it’s home. That eventually ended with a critical habitat of more than 9 continued on page 32

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stated that current timber harvest levels are unsustainable and simply cannot keep up with demands due primarily to losses from recent wildfires. Research has shown current logging levels are at least twice what the forests can sustain. This means more sawmills will more than likely be closed, eliminating more jobs and creating more hardships. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking approval to double the importation tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments from 9% to approximately 18%. We would be remiss if we didn’t at least bring up the 30X30 initiative which seems to never go away and has now brought attention to an international level. Although not specifically a part of the original plan, more than 100 global leaders have pledged to halt deforestation (the removal of trees) and land degradation (human intervention) by the end year 2030. The program is to ensure recognition of the economic value of natural carbon sinks and encourage making forest conservation a priority. The plan’s goal is to restore

approximately 500 million acres of forest and other ecosystems. By now most readers are wondering what does all this have to do with snowmobiling and why are we even concerned with what problems the Forest Service is experiencing? Well, here’s a few facts about why we should be concerned, and probably most of us even know… The U.S. Forest Service along with their sister agency the Bureau of Land Management is responsible for the majority of public lands that we depend on for recreation and in many cases, for survival. The Bureau, better known simply as the BLM is primarily an “out west” organization while the Forest Service, better known simply as the NFS takes care of all our national forests and as the name implies, is nationwide. Without the Forest Service, most snowmobiling activities would be relegated to state or privately owned lands, and most trails would not have the connectivity we enjoy today. Consider the number of forest roads we all know

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that winds through dense forests and woodlands. The number of miles of all those roads is more than twice that of the national highway system, totaling almost four hundred, thousand miles. About half of that mileage is designated as trails for use by a variety of recreationalists, including hikers, bikers, walkers, campers, hunters and fishermen in the warmer months. Add into that mix the up-and-coming popularity of off-road vehicle touring and we can readily see that those roads get plenty of use. It’s about the same in the winter months when skiers, mushers, snow-shoers, and snowmobilers share use of them. Over the years, snowmobilers have fostered some great partnerships with local land managers within our national forests, without which our wintertime recreation would be severely curtailed. So never sell short what the National Forest Service provides for our use. In today’s society, there are always those who want it all and will do (or say) whatever it takes to get what they want. Usually

There are more than seven million active snowmobilers nationwide but less than seventy-five thousand enthusiasts have any involvement with their local clubs or state associations. what they want is to do away with any sort of recreation that doesn’t fit into their plan, and usually that is the non-motorized users seeking to eliminate access to public lands by any and all motorized users. We can’t let that happen, and it won’t so long as we remain united. Organized snowmobile councils, clubs, and associations are constantly watching for adverse activities and are ready to go to bat for snowmobilers everywhere, but they all need help. There are more than seven million active snowmobilers nationwide but less than seventy-five thousand enthusiasts have any involvement with their local clubs or state associations. Our federally elected officials will listen to our

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eems like every time snowmobilers get together the topic of “greener pastures” comes up and where the best riding areas are located. Granted every snowmobiler has their favorite riding style, their favorite riding companions, and of course their favorite brand of snow machine. But once discussions become story time and each participant tells of a memorable snowmobiling trip, we all get to thinking that it would be a great adventure to wander outside our own state and see what other states have to offer in the way of winter recreation. In the past four decades plus a few extra years to boot that I’ve been involved in snowmobiling, I have been fortunate to have experienced at least one ride in almost all the Great Lakes states, and with few exceptions have really enjoyed them. Also being in such close proximity to the neighbors to the north, I’ve had some wonderful experiences riding in the provinces of eastern Canada. I’ve had an opportunity to ride in only a couple of the states west of the Mississippi, but every one of them was unique and memorable, and I highly recommend planning a trip “out west” whenever time and money permits. Obviously, living where I do makes border busting an easy endeavor, both jumping over the bridge into Ontario, Canada or making a short jaunt southeast into neighboring Wisconsin. I, for one, would strongly support trail pass reciprocity be-

tween states similar to registrations and licensing, but I know that is highly unlikely to ever become a reality, especially since most state funding for trail maintenance and grooming comes from the trail permit fees. It’s unfortunate too, that the coronavirus pandemic has closed the border and restricted travel. While communicating with my Canadian friends, they say it’s created such a hardship for snowmobile related businesses that many have had to close their doors, and some may not recover once this virus issue has passed. That is pretty much the same in most of the states as well, The focus of this writing is one destination to Yellowstone National Park in the western United States, and one into the eastern reaches of Canada’s province of Quebec. With so many trips in both directions and in both countries, perhaps there will be more recollections in print at some later time. YELLOWSTONE I was fortunate to have snowmobiled in Yellowstone National Park before the restrictions were implemented and the group I rode with were all seasoned riders so we were pretty much free to ride anywhere open to snow vehicle continued on page 38


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travel. We did see plenty of wildlife and several geysers spewing hot spray and steam into the air, including “old faithful”, but the most impressive for me was the herds of bison roaming the fields and roads throughout the park. The one thing I learned too late was that the ravens (crows) that frequent the parking spaces at the Lodge are very intelligent and can open a zippered tank or saddlebag in quicker time than most humans can, and they will get everything inside them out just about as quick. I’m told that this is still occurs with every snowmobile visitor there even today if they elect to leave anything with their sled while they go inside the lodge. One final word about Yellowstone before we move on should be getting there and what to see once there. If driving, remember that the North Entrance is the only gateway open to vehicle traffic during the winter months and many roads within the park are also closed, so beware of trying to take shortcuts. Here’s another little bit in information that may prove helpful, and that I learned first-hand. It’s an hour’s drive to the north entrance from Livingston, only to find out that the only road open is the north road back to Cooke City and getting to the interior of the park is impossible from there. If seeing Old Faithful is on the agenda, it’s best to just stay on the Interstate to Boseman and take US Hwy 191 south to the neat little Village of West Yellowstone. This bustling little community has just about everything in the way of lodging, restaurants, outfitters, sled rentals, and gift shops the winter enthusiast might ask for, and it’s just 3 short miles to the West Entrance of the park and Visitor’s Center. QUEBEC Needless to say our ability to cross into Canada has been totally restricted for the past couple of seasons, but recalling the last trip I was able to make a few years ago, (11 to be exact), along with a couple of companions was a most memorable occasion. We had decided the dates for the trip should be in midMarch so as not to conflict with any major snowmobiling events in our own state, so with the snowmobiles trailered and luggage loaded, we crossed the Blue Water Bridge at Port Huron on the Michigan side Quebec has some and into Sarnia, Ontario on breathtaking scenery. the Canadian side just after 3:00am on Thursday 11 March 2010. Once we cleared Customs at the border, we were excitedly on our way.

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We were also not ready for the instant freeze as we stepped out into the sub-zero temperature and the difficulty of getting the snowmobiles to start. The motel manager saw what we were doing and brought out an electric blanket and extension cords to pre-warm the engines so we could be on our way. We purchased the necessary “access permits” and were advised that there were trail patrols to check for them, especially when passing from one sector to another. We were also told it was best to not pass up the opportunity for fuel, even it was just a few miles apart. The plan for the day was a loop ride to the east to Lac Sergent, the west to Saint Leonard then a return east to Saint Raymond, a distance we were told would be about a hundred and fifty kilometers, or just less than a hundred miles. Since

we were unfamiliar with the terrain and whether we might encounter any unforeseen circumstances, we anticipated the ride take the better part of the day but allow us plenty of time to get back, get cleaned up and maybe see what nightlife was like in the French-Canadian countryside. As luck would have it, the sun was already setting as we made our way back into town, so our nightlife consisted to a few drinks in the bar/ lounge at the motel after dinner, and then a brief discussion about the day’s events before it was slumber time again. Saturday would be our final day at this location and the plan was to expand our ride to maybe double the mileage with a stop to have dinner somewhere along the trail. The day began a bit better than the day before since there was very little fresh snow to contend with and

we still had the blanket to pre-warm the sleds. We headed out to the east again over much of the trail as the day before, our intended first stop was the town of Sainte Catherine ( the full name is much longer) then, after a brief warm up and fuel, we rode southwest to Saint Basile, had a quick lunch, then started back north to Saint Raymond. It was a beautiful day and the sun made it feel warmer than it actually was. We spent our last evening in the motel lounge again and discussed what our next destination would be. The original plan was to work our way back west toward home, so we settled on a snowmobile friendly community by the name of Grand Mere, was loaded up, and on the road at first light. It should be noted that one can travel the full expanse of Canada by snow machine using their continued on page 42


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Trans-Canada Snowmobile trail system, but for our little group, we were content to just ride the local trails in and around Grand Mere, see some of the local attractions, and enjoy what we had crossed the border for, the abundant snows, the great trails, and because almost no one spoke anything but French, the feeling of being in a foreign country. We enjoyed just two days at this destination before having to head back home, not because we wanted to, but because our occupations demanded it. As we approached the border to the United States, the Customs Officers were a bit more strict than when entering Canada, but with drivers licenses indicating we were, in fact, US Citizens, and after answering a few questions, we were back in the good old USA. Reminiscing with the surviving members of our party these several years ago brought about the need to write this story, and to encourage other snowmobiling enthusiasts who may be tiring of riding the same local trails, to consider looking for a winter adventure either outside their own home state, or maybe even across the northern border. Many other states in the northern U S have snowmobile trails that rival our own, and plenty of outstanding scenery and attractions to be seen. Likewise, every province in Canada, including the far-north territories, are very inviting and hospitable to snowmobilers. Michigan has the undisputable reputation for having a premier snowmobile trails system, but so do many of the other states. Canada has a rich history in the development and implementation of snow machine manufacture and the ability to travel from one destination to another through some of the most picturesque terrain in the planet. Whether it’s local, national, or international, every snowmobiling enthusiast should get out, ride, and make memories. I have, I plan to do more of it very soon, and maybe write another chapter or two. •

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he 2021-2022 Snowmobile Season has just begun and already the complaints have started pouring in about snowmobilers running amok, disregarding signs and, in general, creating problems between landowners and the grant sponsors who are struggling to keep the trails open. In many areas the trails haven’t even been groomed yet and where they cross private property, permission to do so is in jeopardy. Why?? Because snowmobilers, albeit just a few, refuse to play by the rules and can’t or won’t stay on the allotted trail corridors. Early snows and recent storms have brought significant amounts to permit snowmobile use, but the warm temperatures have, so far, prevented the frost from penetrating deep enough to allow the ground to freeze, and especially the wet, low-lying sections of trails throughout the state. The anxious riders that feel the need to be first on the trails are, in some areas, damaging the prepared surface before any base can be established and, in many cases, even repaired. The bulk of complaints, however, aren’t about the trails, but about riders not staying on them! Trespassing on privately owned lands is nothing new, but the issue has been escalating at an alarming rate the past few years. The grant sponsors initially tried to take care of the complaints around their own trails by going to the landowners personally with attempt to make amends, however, this has become so common with almost every tract of land in private ownership, that it has drawn attention from the DNR’s Snowmobile Program Administrators as well as the DNR Director himself. A few years ago, the Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup (SAW) established a committee to look into the trespass problems and after some initial research, found that with the rising popularity

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