The response to our â€œInvesting in the Futureâ€ editorial which encouraged readers to become active in the clubs and associations where they ride, regardless of whether they can perform the physical part of club trail work, was positive and encouraging.
Some clubs responded by stating they need help mostly in the form of physical labor, but this task lies more with the locals than it does the visitors. Some areas actually pay laborers to perform the trail work, as the amount of volunteer labor isnâ€™t sufficient to do all the work, but funds are available to pay to have it done. Our point was that if each one of us gives in some form, there should be an increase in the resources available to each of the clubs that help clear and groom the trails. This is also the result of trail permits in each state; more money is generated to fund the trail maintenance.
One of the more interesting responses came from Al Oatmen, treasurer of the Wayland Snowmobile Club south of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Oatmen basically stated loud sleds were right near the top of the list of things that causes their trails to be in jeopardy of closing year after year, and that if people want to support the clubs and associations (as we suggested) they should not be riding loud sleds.