• Snowmobile Trails Damaged By Illegal Use

    snowmobile trails damaged in Florida MA
    Dec 13, 2013

    An open letter from the Florida Mountaineers Snowmobile Club. Our Club experienced a very disturbing incident on Sunday, December, 1, 2013. At approximately 2:30 PM, our club president’s cell phone started ringing off the hook from various landowners stating that 15 UTV (side-by-sides) were riding all over the snowmobile trails and on their private property.

     

    The club immediately called the Massachusetts Environmental Police and the State Police. The club dispatched various members to several trail intersections, hoping to intercept the individuals, which we finally did.

     

    snowmobile trails damaged by illegal ATV use

     

    After confronting them, it became apparent that a prominent motorsports business owner was the leader of this group! We expressed our disappointment in their actions.

     

    This group of adults trespassed on 15 pieces of private property, drove on state land that is off-limits to wheeled vehicles and ignored “No ATV Wheeled Vehicle” signs. They removed a fence to stop trespassers and even lifted their vehicles over the top of Jersey Barriers.

     

    trespassers damage snowmobile trails

     

    We had just completed dozer work at substancial cost and effort to the club. Now most of the effected trails have two-foot ruts, with water running through them. These trails were smooth-like roads before the vandalism. All of the Club’s hard work was for nothing. We haven’t gotten a price on the repair work yet, but estimate it in excess of $5,000.

     

    ATV's damage snowmobile trail

     

    Our landowners are livid, and rightfully so. One landowner, who has a tree farm, reported that they completely mowed trees over. We are negotiating with them in order to keep these trails open for snowmobiles, including the main SAM Corridor Route-2 that connects the state trail system from east to west.

     

    We are furious! The EPO’s did catch one of these vehicles as they were running away from the officers on a public road.

    13 Responses to “Snowmobile Trails Damaged By Illegal Use”

    1. Sno-Cat says:

      Hope they make the guy they caught pay for the damage!

    2. wallacecd says:

      The name of the pwoersports business should be made public, so snowmobilers will know who to thank when the trails are closed!

    3. […] Florida Mountaineers trails thrashed by quads Quite the story. A powersports store sponsored the event? WHICH STORE? Just name who the hell it was. I'm sick of people pandering guilty douchebags and protecting their name while people who maintain SAM trails are left in the dark. I'd prefer not to spend money in whichever powersports store this happens to be. Snowmobile Trails Damaged By Illegal Use – sledmass […]

    4. slow-ride says:

      Yes, please name the business.

    5. 05 Sabercat says:

      I agree the leader needs to be made public and possibly sued for the cost of repairs. Or a public beating.

    6. HemiOnly says:

      Yes, who was it so I don’t make my next purchase from them. Mind blowing

    7. smitdoo06 says:

      very upsetting-I agree as to letting the names of these jerks open to the public-I’m sure if this had been me,which BTW would never happen,that my name would have been out there already

    8. bilgepump says:

      have they even offered to try to make things right? if not they should be named asap.

       

    9. lfasptl says:

      This is crazy!!!! Someone who is suppose to support our sport, and DIRECTLY benefits from it, goes completely against what we as an group stand for, and not only breaks the law, but puts at risk the sport that they claim to care about??
      But of course you hide the ASSHOLE and all of his friends when they disgrace EVERYTHING we stand for!!
      I agree that his name should be released, so we as loyal supporters that cherish the sport, and do so much to make it all possible can decide whether or not to support this jerk!!!
      I’m sure he would be one of the first to throw one of us to the wolves if we had broken one law, not to mention a whole list of them.
      They should ALL be fined and atleast be unable to register for a season or two. Then be forced to repair the damage!!!!

    10. slow-ride says:

      Rest assured it was NOT any dealers from Pittsfield or Adams.

    11. rticat says:

      Its a Greenfield Ma. Dealer.

    12. 4skidoos says:

      Tim, thanks for putting the info out on here. Have they been contacted to repair the damage they did?

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