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Smithers Snowmobile Association

Dec 11, 19 Newsletter

Groomers, shelters and trails

The groomers are both ready to go! All we are waiting on now is when the lowbed operator will have time to take them out for us.

The Dome needs some stove work done but we need to order the parts first. The Mic needs a new fire box, someone will take one up there.

Russ and Kyle put out beacon checkers up Sinclair and the Telkwa side of the Mic. It took time and was hard on the truck so thank you two very much for doing this.

The Macdonald FSR will be kept open until late December, until PIR pulls out. The Blunt road will be open until mid December and the will be opened up again mid February. The Telkwa FSR will be kept open until the end of January.

PIR will be working across the bridge on the Telkwa FSR. Please don't cross the bridge as that is off limits to us because of the carbou. The fines are hefty and they are watching the area with cameras and even helicopters.

Raffle quad

The raffle quad has been paid for. As of right now we've sold enough tickets to break even so we need to get the push on to sell some more. We do need some more volunteers to fill up a couple more positions so iuf anyone knows anyone that would be great. Oh Russ Boyd and Chris Brooks have just volunteered for Dec 20th and 21st respectively.

Membership

It's still early so we don't have any membership numbers yet. We will be having Lizette collect trail fees again for us this year. She's done a great job in the past and we expect that to continue. She hasn't started going up yet because of the lack of snow but she will as soon as we get some.

BC Mountain Goat Society

Jim Easterday from the BC Mountain Goat Society was present for our meeting today and wanted to bring attention to a group of goats that frequent a part of the McKendrick. There is a specific herd of goats that lives in a 5-25 hectare area up the McKendrick range. the society believes that the sleds are pushing the goats off of the summit ridge and down the backside. This is problematic for the goats as they end up using more energy than normal and they are going down further than they shouldm into the deeper powder. This specific herd had 20 goats in 2011 but are now down to 6. They believe we have maybe two years to do something about it or the herd may die out. February to April is the critical time for the goats because of feed; young ones are more likely to die off during this time. The only reason for sleds to go up the ridge is for the view as the snow is all wind drifted so if you can please stay off of the ridge.

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