February is Snowmobiling Environment Month. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)
Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. and the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations reminds riders to keep nature beautiful as we celebrate National Snowmobiling Environment Month during February. Through the Snowmobile Responsibly campaign introduced by CCSO, Snoman encourages everyone to take personal responsibility for their decisions and actions on the snow this winter.
“Every day, riders make many important, snowmobile-related decisions that can impact their personal well being, that of others and of the natural setting in which they ride,” Snoman Executive Director Yvonne Rideout said. “Decisions should be based on obeying applicable laws and rules, using good common sense, riding with care and control, and making smart choices.”
Some of the key messages touted by snowmobile organizations are respect sensitive areas, stay on the trail, no trespassing on private property, protect wildlife, embrace new technologies, maintain your sled and leave tracks, not trash.
“Snowmobiling is a good news story because snowmobiles have improved continuously thanks to oil injection, sound reduction measures, variable height exhaust valves, direct injection, on-board computers, and new 2- stroke and 4-stroke engine technologies that comply with EPA requirements,” Snoman President Alan Butler said. “We ask snowmobilers to refrain from using after market pipes that increase noise and annoy others.”
Keeping nature beautiful during each and every ride depends primarily on the personal decisions and actions of each rider, so choose to Snowmobile Responsibly this winter.
Snoman Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to its member clubs to develop safe and environmentally responsible snowmobile trails to further the enjoyment of organized recreational snowmobiling in Manitoba.