9/6/2017 FROM THE PRESIDENT of the OVSC /Trails Update /Important!

• TRAILS UPDATE
As most of you know, last year one of our landowners informed the club that he would be closing his land to future use by snowmobiles. He said that we could use it one last time for that year – 2016-2017.
With that in mind, we spent a lot of time looking for a way around his property. After many walks in the woods and making contact with new landowners, we were able to flag a trail so landowners could see where the trail would cross their property. All landowners agreed to allow a new trail on their property. Last year, with the help of a lot of members, on the weekends and during the week, we were able to cut and brush out a 2.7 mile trail before the snow came. This past spring we applied for a grant from the state to complete this trail, and were awarded the grant. I can’t thank you all enough for your time and hard work to make this happen.
Now I have to be the bearer of bad news. Over the past several weeks, we have been informed by two other landowners that they will be closing their property to future use next year. This is a big kick in the butt. This property would have been the continuation of that 2.7 mile reroute. Without access to this property, we would end up with a trail to nowhere. All the time and hard work by everyone – only to have this happen. When we heard this, we started looking for a way around this land, but as of right now, there is no way around this closure.
So what does this mean for our trails? First, you will not be able to get to any trails beyond the gate at the end of Black Pond Rd. leaving from Canoe King or White Lake State Park. That gate will remain closed, as will the two gates where the trail crosses Rte. 113. You can still get to Barton’s Motor Sports.
As for the trails going to the Fire Tower, James Pond, Wonalancet, and trails to Sandwich, we are looking for parking in those areas, and as we find available parking, we will keep you informed. We have a few areas in mind, but need to check them out.
You can still get to Corridor 19 north and south and Corridor 15 to the Castle.
As far as grooming is concerned, we will still be grooming Corridor 19 and Barton’s Cutoff, White Lake State Park, and down to the turnaround by the gate on Black Pond Rd. before you go into the woods.
We will make every effort to get a groomer to the rest of the trails that have been cut off by the closures.
As we get more information, we will put it on our web site. Thank you for your patience. We still have over 50 miles of trails, and we will continue working to find a way around this closure.
Thank you
George Kaye, President