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Smithers Snowmobile Association

September 2017 Newsletter

Raffle

Casey and Ted retired from the raffle after many years of volunteering. Maxine Ehlrich will be organizing it this year, thanks for volunteeringon. We have been having a hard time getting people to sell tickets for the raffle over the last few years. This is our largest revenue generator so it would be great if people could help out for a day or two this fall. If you would like to volunteer please call Maxine at Trails North. The raffle draw will be on December 29th @ 5pm and will be announced on the Moose radio station.

Firewood

If anyone has a chance to bring firewood to the emergency shelters, please do. Sinclair is a difficult one to get to so Russ has been working with helicopter companies to try to get some brought up there. The Dome has lots of firewood but there is still lots on the trail if anybody would like to move it. There was some taken up to the Mic shleter this summer, thanks to everyone that did that.

New Pine Creek trail?

A new trail is being thought of to avoid avalanche terrain in the pine creek area. Rec, Sites and Trails is pushing this as there were some people who were caught in avalnches last year. Routes are being discussed but nothing will be done this year.

Microwave shelter damage

This summer the Microwave door was fixed by volunteers. And it was noticed that someone has been chopping firewood inside which is really hard on the floor. If anyone has any ideas how to stop individuals from damaging the shelter we are all ears.

TRAM

We have been talking a lot about caribou in Starr Basin over the last couple of years. The government is trying to save the few caribou that remain in the Telkwa region. As a result logging companies have agreed to leave the area and in exchange for more areas elsewhere. They are also trying to get all recreational user groups out. However we have been resisting as the SSA doesn't believe we are contributing to the caribou decline. The latest public consultation has shown that the government is probably going to limit snowmobilers to 21 days of riding and skiers to 21 days of skiing. However is there is a collared caribou in the area during our scheduled days then we lose those days. We will also lose days to poor weather. The government reps said there was no chance of our days being flexible if the above conditions occur. So even though they say we are going to get 21 days, in actuality it will most likely be a lot less.

Sinclair brushing

We will be brushing out the Sinclair trail this fall and have contaced someone to do the work. The trail has been getting a lot narrower over the years so this is really needed. While the equipment is out there we will try to have an outhouse installed at the 19km parking lot. Let's hope that all works out.

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