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I wanted to share this information from the Maine Snowmobile Association website as a reminder to all riders on our trails. Please respect the land we ride on so that we can maintain landowner permissions!
TO OUR RIDERS:
Over 95% of Maine's snowmobile trails are on private property. Since Maine landowners have a valued history of sharing access to their land with responsible recreationists, private land ownership is a very good thing for Maine snowmobilers. When snowmobile club members seek permission to establish a snowmobile trail, they're generally dealing with landowners who are their neighbors, employers, relatives. This means that Maine snowmobilers have a great responsibility to the landowners. These folks are trusting all of us to treat their property with respect. Stay on the marked trails and do not leave any litter behind.
Landowner permission for snowmobiles has been given for the marked trails. Riding off the trail system or using the trails for purposes other than snowmobiling requires asking for the landowners' permission. Ask first, rather than being asked to leave.
Many large landowners who allow snowmobile trail access in Maine are involved with the logging and pulp and paper industries. Their heavy equipment and logging trucks often are working in the same areas where snowmobilers travel. Never snowmobile on plowed roads and monitor trail condition reports for trail closures and reroutes due to logging operations.
Additional landowners are small woodlot owners and farmers. Their land is also their livelihood. Please stay on the marked trail or you may damage their ability to earn a living, and end recreational access to their valuable property.
Everyone who enjoys snowmobiling in Maine is depending on you to act responsibly on the trails.