jhwentworth

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from Saluda in New Random photo thread...post them if you got them!   
    Supposed to be a cold weekend coming up. Looks like a traditional Fall is happening.
    This is from 2017
     

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from rossi46 in New Random photo thread...post them if you got them!   
    March 24, 2020  6"-8" of heavy, wet, snow. Plow was taken off the truck a week ago. Only one thing to do.
     

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from PolarisCobra in The Keith Haynes trail   
    I've heard that the Colebrook Ski-Bees have a new trail trail named after Keith Haynes. I remember the old Keith Haynes trail that we'd pass on the way to Colebrook. That trail was not our first option. Here's a magazine story about riding sleds in the area around the Balsams back in the 1990's.
    American Snowmobiler  1994
    https://amsnow.com/reviews/snowmobile-trails-travel/1994/11/the-historic-balsams
    We got in a lot of riding in not a lot of miles. Especially when we hit the R. Keith Haynes Memorial Trail. The sign on the Haynes trail marker simply stated, "North Country's First Groomed Trail." The joke of the day was "…and it hasn't been groomed since." It was a narrow trail. Ice formed from a previous rain and melt had frozen hard and bumpy in the -30 degree temperatures we faced during our travels. No amount of grooming would make a difference until much more snow would come. In the meantime, the grooming club would suffer abuse for this next to impossible to groom section of trail.
    BTW: I have an extra 1992 Umbagog Sports Association trail map that I can spare, any taker? This is the one with a picture of the new 197 ft bridge over the Androscoggin River built by the club. 
     
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    jhwentworth reacted to Old Thumper in Who has two thumbs and doesn’t have to register his sleds anymore?   
    Pigs will fly and Hell will freeze...
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from snorander in New antique registration rules?   
    Note that under current law there are two ways to qualify for antique plates: model year before 1969 or 25 or more years old.
    After 5/1/2020 there is only one way to qualify: model year before 1995. The twenty-five year old rule isn't there anymore. F&G still has the prior-to-May 1'st rules on their web site.I couldn't figure out how a 1995 qualified today but after 5/1/2020  it required a 1994 or earlier. 
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from metaluc in What incentives do NH land owners have?   
    NH does offer a 20% tax reduction to landowners who allow public access to land held under current use, but public OHRV/sled use isn't a required activity to get the discount.
    20% Recreational Adjustment.
    If a landowner decides not to post, and opens the property to public use without an entrance fee for 12 months a year, the land is entitled to a 20% reduction in the current use assessment of the acres opened to public recreational use. To receive the 20% recreation adjustment, the landowner must allow all of the following activities: Hunting Skiing Fishing Snowshoeing Hiking Nature Observation
    If any of these activities are detrimental to a specific agricultural or forest crop, that activity may be prohibited. If the 20% recreational adjustment has been granted, posting to prohibit any activity listed above requires approval of the local assessing officials. See Cub 305.03 for further explanation.
    The landowner may prohibit trespass upon his property for all other activities, including use of mechanized and off-highway vehicles (such as snowmobiles and three-wheelers), camping, cutting down trees, etc. Posting land to prohibit these activities will not affect the 20% recreation adjustment.
    Here's the current use rules: https://www.revenue.nh.gov/current-use/documents/2019-booklet.pdf
    Valuation of current use land is set by classification: farmland, forest land, unproductive land, and wetland.
    From the NH Business Review: 
    Farmland is currently assessed between $25 and $425 per acre. White pine forest with documented stewardship is assessed between $66 and $99 per acre and without stewardship between $110 and $165 per acre. Hardwood forest with stewardship is assessed between $28 and $43 per acre and without between $47 and $71 per acre. Unproductive and wetlands are assessed at $20 per acre. If land in current use is not posted but open to recreation — hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and nature observation — it qualifies for an additional 20 percent reduction in assessed value. 
    There is no buyout provision in the program. When land in current use is sold or transferred, it remains enrolled. But if the land is either developed or put to a disqualifying use, a land use change tax equal to 10 percent of its “full and fair value” is charged.
    Today, 3,008,456 acres — more than half the land area of the state — is enrolled in current use, and virtually half of it qualifies for the recreational discount. Forest land, with and without stewardship, covers 2,623,405 acres, or 87 percent, of the land in current use. The 204,353 acres of farmland account for 7 percent of the total, while 180,698 acres of unproductive land and wetland make up the balance.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from snorander in Looking for information on the 1970 Laconia International Snowmobile Championship   
    I'm closing the nominations for the 2020 Lazarus Awards now. This thread has been dead for 5 years and has now come back to life.
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    jhwentworth reacted to metaluc in Snowmobiling driving NH Economy in Northern NH   
    Getting state economic impact from a Ridge Runner groomer is not likely to be unbiased nor a valid measurement of state economic impact statistics.
    UNH is considered a more authoritative source.
    Like someone mentioned, it's an opinion piece.
    Talk to real people in North country, it's important. But leaf peeping and skiing are probably equally important.
    I've read more informative articles with real statics rather than opinions. I was unimpressed with this article. Facts would be more helpful. But researching them them is not as much fun as a ride with a groomer!
     
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    jhwentworth reacted to John Mercier in Snowmobiling driving NH Economy in Northern NH   
    It is an interesting opinion piece... but shows off a major problem.
    Tourism is about $6 billion of an $80 billion State economy... so not really the driving force. 
    The estimate is that Coos County accounts for roughly 3% of that $6 billion in tourism (based on M&R revenue).
    So it means that northern NH's economy is really quite bad.
     
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from pekabu in Any sleds not ridden in Pittsburg   
    Until you find out that his wife's name is Ella Snall.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from pekabu in Any sleds not ridden in Pittsburg   
    Until you find out that his wife's name is Ella Snall.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from PolarisCobra in random photo thread   
    Pretty good display today.
     

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from snorander in random photo thread   
    Not much like summer.

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from PolarisCobra in random photo thread   
    Pretty good display today.
     

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from Skip in Any sleds not ridden in Pittsburg   
    No, Renegades are ridden exclusively  in Pittsburg and Northern Maine.. That's why they have 5,000 miles on a 2-year old sled. Another sled driven in the Lake's region with 1500 miles would be worth much less.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from metaluc in What incentives do NH land owners have?   
    NH does offer a 20% tax reduction to landowners who allow public access to land held under current use, but public OHRV/sled use isn't a required activity to get the discount.
    20% Recreational Adjustment.
    If a landowner decides not to post, and opens the property to public use without an entrance fee for 12 months a year, the land is entitled to a 20% reduction in the current use assessment of the acres opened to public recreational use. To receive the 20% recreation adjustment, the landowner must allow all of the following activities: Hunting Skiing Fishing Snowshoeing Hiking Nature Observation
    If any of these activities are detrimental to a specific agricultural or forest crop, that activity may be prohibited. If the 20% recreational adjustment has been granted, posting to prohibit any activity listed above requires approval of the local assessing officials. See Cub 305.03 for further explanation.
    The landowner may prohibit trespass upon his property for all other activities, including use of mechanized and off-highway vehicles (such as snowmobiles and three-wheelers), camping, cutting down trees, etc. Posting land to prohibit these activities will not affect the 20% recreation adjustment.
    Here's the current use rules: https://www.revenue.nh.gov/current-use/documents/2019-booklet.pdf
    Valuation of current use land is set by classification: farmland, forest land, unproductive land, and wetland.
    From the NH Business Review: 
    Farmland is currently assessed between $25 and $425 per acre. White pine forest with documented stewardship is assessed between $66 and $99 per acre and without stewardship between $110 and $165 per acre. Hardwood forest with stewardship is assessed between $28 and $43 per acre and without between $47 and $71 per acre. Unproductive and wetlands are assessed at $20 per acre. If land in current use is not posted but open to recreation — hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and nature observation — it qualifies for an additional 20 percent reduction in assessed value. 
    There is no buyout provision in the program. When land in current use is sold or transferred, it remains enrolled. But if the land is either developed or put to a disqualifying use, a land use change tax equal to 10 percent of its “full and fair value” is charged.
    Today, 3,008,456 acres — more than half the land area of the state — is enrolled in current use, and virtually half of it qualifies for the recreational discount. Forest land, with and without stewardship, covers 2,623,405 acres, or 87 percent, of the land in current use. The 204,353 acres of farmland account for 7 percent of the total, while 180,698 acres of unproductive land and wetland make up the balance.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from Skip in ATVs on public roads issues   
    The ATV ban bills failed in all three towns.
    http://www.colbsent.com/breakingnews.php
    As for the Colebrook "recreation trails supervisor" position, it died too.
    Metallak ATV Club president Craig Washburn opened discussion on Article 27, which proposed the Recreation Trails Supervisor position, by stating, "I'd like to know why the taxpayers are going to pay for something I've been doing 40 years for free." Julie Moran pointed out this person would be neutral and work as a mediator "so we can address the issues residents are angry about."
    Mr. Placy said the board views this as a move that would help the club, but Terry Rosi disagreed with the need for a $10,000 position. "I think this can be worked out between both sides with some transparency," he said. The measure failed, nullifying the next article that would have funded the position, and the 7 p.m. meeting adjourned at 10:55.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from Skip in ATVs on public roads issues   
    The ATV ban bills failed in all three towns.
    http://www.colbsent.com/breakingnews.php
    As for the Colebrook "recreation trails supervisor" position, it died too.
    Metallak ATV Club president Craig Washburn opened discussion on Article 27, which proposed the Recreation Trails Supervisor position, by stating, "I'd like to know why the taxpayers are going to pay for something I've been doing 40 years for free." Julie Moran pointed out this person would be neutral and work as a mediator "so we can address the issues residents are angry about."
    Mr. Placy said the board views this as a move that would help the club, but Terry Rosi disagreed with the need for a $10,000 position. "I think this can be worked out between both sides with some transparency," he said. The measure failed, nullifying the next article that would have funded the position, and the 7 p.m. meeting adjourned at 10:55.
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    jhwentworth reacted to metaluc in ATVs on public roads issues   
    I read this as an attempt at a creative compromise proposal of sorts. The one article would ban use on all town roads. The administrator would work with the club's and land owners to find alternative trails. Presumably that might eventually include some "non problem" town roads. Would also report at town meetings. Presumably, there would be more visibility by the town at large into club activities, tax payer concerns, challenges and visversa.
    The Colebrook club has come out against both articles.
    My thoughts are that an overall ban is a bad idea, but increased transparency and participation by the town is probably a good idea.
    Compromise has become a dirty word these days, but it's probably the only path to an amenable solution.
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    jhwentworth reacted to John Mercier in ATVs on public roads issues   
    I was more focused on the town hiring someone to basically act as a trail administrator. I don't think that I have ever seen that approach before.
     
     
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    jhwentworth reacted to classicdmax in Official 2019 riding pic thread   



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    jhwentworth got a reaction from Skip in Freedom to Evens Notch   
    Trailered to Freedom and headed to Evens Notch. Round trip about 125 miles. Mostly used C-19. Trails in good shape for the morning run up, but showing some wear for the return as would be expected. There were a lot of sleds out there today. Evens Notch is worth seeing.
    Bottom line is that it's worth a trip to Freedom, the SOS club is doing a good job. As a bonus, take the alternate route across Silver Lake to satisfy that inner lake racer.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from pekabu in What year to use for ordering...   
    That 2 in the 10'th position would seem to indicate a 2002 model.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from metaluc in F&G CO's help stuck snowmobilers in Colebrook   
    I didn't see this news as an "off-trail story", but as an expansion of the public's expectations of F&G from doing search & rescue to becoming a sledder's AAA. Get stuck, call F&G.
     
    As for the off-trail aspect, from the story it's not clear if the riders were on a current trail, a former trail, or a road. Keep in mind there are many trails that are both a road and a snowmobile trail, and a club can choose to not groom a trail one year and groom it the next year. Do the clubs take down the trail markings if it won't be groomed? Not in my experience. 
    Is there a minimum standard for trail markers on an approved snowmobile trail? I don't mean a recommendation, but a requirement. I think we've all been on a trail where it wasn't clear what was a trail and what was previous riders riding off-trail. Recently this happened to me on a trail that had no markings for a considerable distance, and it was obvious that previous riders were wandering around trying to find the trail. Each wanderer's tracks increased the confusion . If there's a mile or two of unmarked trail is this still considered an approved snowmobile trail?
    On my first trip to Quebec I looked at the trail signage and realized that NH was in the Dark Ages of trail marking. Clubs have gotten better, especially on the "big" trails, but too many club trails are still badly marked. Clubs have to prioritize limited resources. 
    There are plenty of signs that say "stay on the trail or go home", and that's good, but first you have to show me where the trail is.
    BTW: Does anybody have an official description of an approved snowmobile trail? All I found was that BoT approved them and put them on a list.