Milt Forsberg (miltf@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Wed, 4 Feb 1998 14:39:53 -0600
Snowmobiling, if done properly, consists of following established trails.
This is no different than riding a bike on a bike path. We need to teach
the riders to stay on the trail! This is both for environmental impact
and safety. The impact from a snowmobile is minimal on grass or weeds.
However, the impact is great by those running over small trees, bushes,
and other objects. The snowmobile industry has come a long way since the
early days. With today's trail systems, it is easy to leave no trace
except your tracks on an already made trail. The environmental concerns
come from those who disregard the trail system. Hopefully, we won't blame
the vehicle. It is the people who drive them.
I don't have a reference to the issue, but within the past year, there was
mention in Scouting Magazine that snowmobiling is permitted.
SM, Troop 7
On Tue, 3 Feb 1998, Jim Peterson wrote:
> I can't respond to the issue of whether or not it is permitted but you
> might want to look at the activity with regard to the issue of "Leave No
> Trace" and low impact camping. I've never been snowmobiling but I know
> that there have been some environmental concerns raised. Just another
> question...can anyone else respond?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City