“Guys I hope you all have been having a great summer. And sorry for having to come to you with another complaint. I wish it was not necessary.
However problems with trespassing ATV’s have been a worse problem than usual this summer. And if it does not stop, I will be forced to close my property for use by the snowmobile association.
I have had my gates knocked down twice this year, I have had to argue with ATV drivers trespassing almost every time I am at my property. And even when I fall trees to block the snowmobile trail, they cut them up like they own the place.
I like you do not know the solution. And like you all know a few “bad apples” end up ruining it for everyone.
Everyone knows that the snowmobiles do not damage the trails or cause any harm because everything is covered with snow and frozen. The ATV’s cut ruts into the soil, that traps water, which leads to ponding, puddles, washouts and not long after torn up trails. And jeeps are the worse things for any trails.
Years ago the snowmobile association would help me install gates, signs, etc. to help stop the ATV’s when they could. But over the past few years they inform me that they have no budget or time available to help anymore. And because my trail is not part of the ATV trail system, that association do not help me either. Yet the majority of the ATV’s trespassing on my property are using it to link between the ATV trail systems.
I really need you guys to get together and come up with a plan to help me and any other landowners who are experiencing the same problem.
Anything you can do to help better educate the public, sign the trails as not being ATV trails, coming out and enforcing those who trespass, charging trespassers, helping fix up the damage caused by the trespassing ATV’s, helping replace knocked down gates, etc. would be appreciated.
And stop the jeeps. Make trail entrances unpassable to jeeps.
If I have one more problem in the next three months I will be forced to close this trail to the snow mobile club, and that will be a shame, as they are not the ones causing the problems.
Again anything you can do to help (new solid steel gates that cannot be knocked down) more signs, more enforcement should eventually get the message across. But it is not fair that I have to do this on my own.
FYI: I have owned this property since 1994. Back then three wheel ATV’s were the most common and the snowmobile trail system provided miles and miles to explore, with no rutting or trail damage. Then the four wheel ATV’s took over and the rutting started and the trails quickly deteriorated. Than the jeeps completely destroyed the trails. Even the ATV association will end up with no trails for their riders to use, as they will be impassable to most. This is a real problem that needs a new approach.
So this is something we’ll be working on this weekend to hope we can help and keep a long time landowner and supporter of the club. Please help get the message out to respect private property before we lose any more of our trails.