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Friday, February 5, 2010

Snowmobile Encroachment

While we have always had issues with ongoing snowmobile encroachment at our Ward Lake trail system, recently we had significant damage done to the County Linetrail system this past week.  It appears the snowmobilers actually entered and/or exited via our trailhead at the parking area, and criss-crossed our trail system several times.  It appears this happened on Wednesday or Thursday of this week.  This not only does damage to the track system and costs us money in terms of grooming, but also is a public safety issue for skiers who could be injured.  We are aware of the seriousness of this problem, and are in communication with the Forest Service about this.  The Forest Service is pursuing the issue and will agressively follow up on any leads on violators, which can lead to citations and fines.  If you have any information about this, please contact Mike Brown at the Grand Junction office of the Grand Mesa National Forest (970-242-8211) as soon as possible. 
We realize that the majority of snowmobile users don't engage in this activity and are responsible -- please encourage friends who may snowmobile to encourage everyone to share the Grand Mesa in a safe and responsible manner that allows of all of us to enjoy winter recreation up there. 

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