Topics this month include Raffle winners, Caribou, Safety and Memberships
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Smithers Snowmobile Association

January 2015 Newsletter

This SSA meeting was called to order at 7:30pm on January 14, 2015

We have 17 in attendance

Equipment and Shelters

All of the groomers are good at this point. All trails are groomed weekly, see the website for details. Dome and Mic shelters are good. However the wood door at the Mic wasn't always being closed and people weren't always shoveling the stairs and landing. Harold Price shelter was found very dirty with lots of garbage inside.  We need to be respectful of others. Please shovel snow off the stairs and clean up before you leave. When riding the trails, ride wide and don't be a "throttle jockey". This will make for a smoother trail, easier for our groomer operators, and keep our grooming costs down.

Finance and Memberships

Kyle went over our finances. He closed an account that we no longer need. The groomers drank up 1750 litres of fuel last season and with prices the way they were, it was expensive.

Memberships currently sit at 155. 3 people so far have purchased online which is a very new option. We decided not to plow the Telkwa FSR because it would be too costly to plow it up to the government standards however we've crunched some numbers and if we could get our membership to 400 then we could afford to plow the Telkwa FSR and not have Fee Collectors at our staging areas. Let's all help each other, let's all get non-members to join !!

Raffle

The Can-Am ATV has been won by Kevin Pierre! Congratulations!!  Ben Berube came in second and won the $500 prize. Jason Brooks won $250 and Gavin Nanninga won $100. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets this year. We would also like to thank Wade, Brad, Dustin and Joe for helping sell tickets. The biggest thanks goes to Ted Schmidt for all his help running the raffle and being out there every weekend selling tickets to help all of us members !!

Safety

Brad and Curtis have helped organize an avalanche awareness night along with the Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society and Ben Heemskerk of MFLNRO (Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations). There will be some airtime on the Moose FM to advertise the event. The event is at no charge but please bring a toonie because there will be a donation jar at the entrance to help pay for the room rental. The event is at the Hudson Bay Lodge, Main floor, Summit Room on January 29th, 7-9pm!

Wildlife Habitat Area

A survey has gone out to the membership to see who agrees/disagrees with the proposed WHA. It went to 188 members. Of the 22 respondents, 13 were in favour and 9 were not in favour. There were some comments made and here are some highlights: 77% of respondents believe predator control has not been done effectively. 54% of respondents believe the money spent so far on caribou recovery has been a big waste of money. 46% of respondents are concerned their access to the region will be restricted. 23% of respondents believe that resource extraction is important in this area.

User Fees

The user fees we are collecting are not just for groomed trails but also to cover the costs of summer trail maintenance, shelter maintenance, firewood gathering, grant application processes, government paperwork and processes, advertising, insurance etc etc..


Trail passes are available at, Wayside Service, Evergreen Industrial, Trails North and 24/7 at the Hudson Bay Lodge.  No excuses for not having one.

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