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  1. Trail signage issues

    we put ours up 12 years ago,,,,,, they are still up ,, we have changed any that needed to be changed,,, my last count was TWO bullet holes in about 70 signs
  2. Trail signage issues

    anybody else have an opinion of having a State wide standardized signing system?
  3. Trail signage issues

    I suggested to the "Trails Committee" at NHSA that a STATEWIDE marking system be implemented, Like the highway system in the USA, or the signage in VT, Maine, Canada, ,,, maybe SOMEDAY... I will add that two neighboring clubs that for the most part copied the TLTD system got "sponsorship that COMPLETELY paid for the permanent signs installed by the Contoocook Snomads, and the Bow Pioneers
  4. Affordable Trail Signs Every Club Can Make

    One thing I constantly see is that our sport continues to "morph" way faster then its organizational people, A "ride" today can exceed 300 miles, High end sleds are closer to $20,00 than $10,000 and I KNEW when they went past $10,k that sales would stop , the sophistication of all aspects of snowmobiling has ramped up, sponsors at $200-$400 each 6-8 sponsorships will cover the average trail system. A standardized marking system could allow a vendor or the BOT to inventory sign blanks, and brackets
  5. Affordable Trail Signs Every Club Can Make

    There were ZERO reasons that held water with me,,, the ones I heard were, well its not easy for clubs, we can't REQUIRE volunteers to adhere to what we wish them to do. It may be too expensive, ,,,,,,,,,, EVEN after I illustrated how to do them for FREE I feel too often people think of WAY too many ways to make something NOT work,,,,, then ways to make it work My grandfather taught me when I was 13,, "if we wait to see what the weathers going to do, we will never get the hay made!"
  6. Affordable Trail Signs Every Club Can Make

    At least three clubs in Merrimack County ave gone with aluminum signs on steel posts that have a life cycle over 10 years , (yes sometimes trails change and those intersections change) However two of the clubs reached out to local businesses for "sponsorship" and not only covered the cost of the project but MADE money enough to put into reserve for updates as necessary, the businesses are listed at a couple major intersections on the trail system and I believe on the club websites. Sponsorship = FREE signs! I do want to say hats off to you Bruce because ANY improvement is an improvement! I Did request at a recent NHSA trails meeting, WHY CANT WE ADOPT A STANDARDIZED trail marking/signing system for the ENTIRE STATE? Not ONE of the "excuses why we couldn't standardize within the committee made ONE OUNCE of sense to me,,, but I recently have discovered that Im 20 years AHEAD of most curves, so I shut up and went with the "floor". Canada, Maine and Vt has accomplished it, whats so difficult? BTW I brought to the NHSA table SIX plus years ago that we needed a Statewide electronic map, it just happened this season.
  7. Question about club membership

    John if its any help ,,,,,,, you pay the "portal fee" once and can then join any clubs you wish without paying the NHSA portal fee for each club ,,,, you can have one primary club and multiple secondary clubs all thru the portal.
  8. What incentives do NH land owners have?

    There is NOT currently any benefit for landowners to keep land open from a tax standpoint. That having been said any landowner that has 10 acres or more not including the lot his residence is on is eligible for a "current use assessment" Depending on the location and the use certain tracts have very inexpensive taxation in current use. My family has a piece that does not boarder a rd, is landlocked and the taxes for 20 acres is a few hundred dollars annually. Keep in mind just because a landowner puts his land in current use does NOT mean he is required to allow snowmobiling or atv use, he is also not required to have it open for hunting, I do not have all the info but I can say that it is tailored to promote "open space"
  9. Godspeed Jim Herbert

    So sad to lose another great guy,,, my condolances
  10. Fire

    Thanks so much everyone,,,,, I did post a comment on the threat fire at Murray Farm,,,
  11. Fire at Murray Farm

    Hey Thanks so MUCH everyone,,,,, snowmobiling friends and friends from far and wide have been reaching out,,,, several came to lend a hand for a day or more,,, many well wishes from ALL OVER ,, my entire service building and offices , heating plant including my chip plant, water storage and booster pump,, fertilizer for this spring,,, this seasons seed packs for our customers, just serviced our zero turn mower,,, all GONE ,,,, the gable on our greenhouse that was destroyed was 174' wide. It took 100% of all the heating equipment hung on that gable,, we lost our stand by generator, all our tools, and I just put a $35,000 standing seam roof on the building last summer,,, we had just taken a delivery of a NEW gas boiler that wasn't installed yet, the wreckage list is surreal.... I have no choice other than to be POSITIVE,,, the good in neighbors, friends, family, no one was hurt, the cat survived, MOST of my plants that were not burned will make it,,,,,, INSURANCE? grossly underinsured, I hope my inspiration will inspire others,,,,, its all I really have always wanted in life,
  12. Very nice job and great yankee knowhow! Now I hope it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get her fixed!
  13. Im horribly sorry Steve but I have to disagree with your post. IT in NO WAY is the volunteers "job" that just finished a 7000 mile infrastructure of trails and bridges and developing landowner relationships responsibility to NOW GO AND find the "off trail riders" a place to ride.. off trail riding breeds a mindset that when they want to zip up a embankment, ride all over gravel pits and across ANY field they want they just see it as their "god given right" We just lost a section of primary 335 in Boscawen, We have another section in Jeopardy, as well as 2,5 miles of corridor #11 ,,, we have even had riders cut thru the STATE OF NH VETERANS CEMETERY!! They have also ridden all around the Merrimack County Nursing Home with their lights flickering into the rooms of the elderly as well as alzimers residents! We are on the ENDANGERED LIST WITH THE COUNTY, STATE, a major Gravel Company, and a landowner that has over 2000 acres ALL IN BOSCAWEN "Im my view off trail is not a sport its an "attitude" and its a shitty attitude at that! OH ,,,, I forgot one,,,, the CITY OF CONCORD gave us passage in limited sections of the City Parks,,, we are on "probation" with them also!. I have about $25,000 of irrigation laying on top of the ground under 6" of snow (in Concord) there have been ZERO PROBLEMS for the las 20 years with riders staying OFF my irrigation I provide MANY acres for passage thru my property as does my family As soon as any of my Irrigation is damaged Im closing off my land,, and NO it can't be "picked up in the fall! I want to be clear there are TWO types of off trail riders in NH ,,,,,,,, However BOTH are breaking the LAW!
  14. Maybe time in NH for a new sign,,,,,,,,,,,,, "OFF TRAIL IS AGAINST THE LAW" ID suggest the Moultonboro announce a go fund me and try to work with the landowner ,,, when enough is raised to put enough game cameras out, the trails could open with recording,, its WAY BEYOND discouraging for many of us
  15. How to keep snowmobiling alive in NH

    If my memory is serving me correctly there are some over 4000 LANDOWNERS that make up the NH 7000 mile system. Based on the "fragmentation of the land area of NH coupled to the distance and areas desired (for off trail) you can be assured NH starts with limitations! One other factor is that Maine is 33,000 square miles Coos County is just under 1800 with the whole State of NH covering just Under 9000 miles, food for thought!
  16. NHSA Sno Traveler promoting ME sledding

    Steve its TOTALLY EASY to "argue the merits of camp Sno-Mo from the outside looking inward,,, I could easily join you on this topic ,,,,, HOWEVER you may want to take the time this Saturday eve to go to the Andover Pasta Buffet (at the Middle school) and take a gander at the way in which everyone pulls together for a common goal,,,,,,, the meal easily fits YOUR budget/price range (jk-jk) bring a 20 to buy some raffle tickets for a tons of prizes they have ,,,, REMEMBER to take a hard look at how this brings community together,,, and provides a imesureable service to families that have a child that couldn't do camp otherwise!!!!!! You missed Warners last Saturday, and Canterbury the Saturday before! hope to see you there!!!!
  17. NHSA Sno Traveler promoting ME sledding

    Well Rob then disagree it is, I NEVER indicated that the increase in funding was to "HIRE" people to do trails stuff.... heck in my own club we are still running one ALPINE ! Our NEW sled type groomer is a 17 year old Scandic, there are some groomers out there that are pretty tired and aged. REMEMBER with the current system it will take 62 years (approx) with our current system to replace the current grooming fleet through the State!
  18. NHSA Sno Traveler promoting ME sledding

    A couple considerations John to consider, the last increase was ONLY a "bandaid" to try to buy time, financially we were "circling the drain" at the last increase and we have continued to be insolvent since that increase ,,,, The second consideration is that trails, bridges, and grooming equipment STATEWIDE has greatly expanded to try to keep pace with the sport of snowmobiling,,,,,,, unfortunately the sport has morphed more rapidly then the users wish to pay,, what ONCE was an 8-10 hour ride from my home is now a 2.5 hour ride,, and YES id rather pay the higher price in order to cover more QUALITY trail! I Clearly remember ALL my adventures on a sled being on my and my neighbors property,,,,,,, and THEN I made it to the corner store a half mile away,,,, those were AMAZING times!!!!
  19. NHSA Sno Traveler promoting ME sledding

    sorry Bruce my "peter" runned" out of "a"s!!!
  20. NHSA Sno Traveler promoting ME sledding

    It isn't necessary to buy a new sled when the time comes nor new gear to go with it,,,, but in regard to not being able to "afford" another registration increase I ask this,,,,,, can we just sit by and watch clubs close down? We are in the process of losing a few each year! Is it far that volunteers use their own resources to keep groomers running to make the trails we all enjoy? lots of the time groomers are plugged in to an electrical outlet to keep batteries tended and engine blocks warm adding to volunteers electric bill on a month basis, A $54 increase IS two tanks of gas,,,,,,,,,,,,,, BUT it is also $2,000,000 into the STATEWIDE trails/grooming fund! Yes priorities have to determine what are hobbies are and no one leaves the spot that isn't missed,, for me the RIDE is maybe 30% of the fun,,,,, the MEMORIES are the other 70%! Lastly as I look at it, its ALWAYS been a rich mans sport, like boating, skiing, golf, bicycling and going to the games or concerts or vacation!!! NOTHING is cheep!
  21. NHSA Sno Traveler promoting ME sledding

    First and foremost Thank You for bringing up the purposed registration increase here it provides for open discussion The NHSA is not going to make one cent on the increase. I want to be on the record that I was NOT FOR the increase at first, The intent of the increase is to provide clubs with a reimbursement per hour of grooming which is closer to "true operational cost" for each grooming hour. It is purposed to be a $54 increase of the current fee. This is closer to a 50% increase when you look at it from a "pre club member discount". Upon pouring over the numbers, and remember they do not lie. The moratoriums on GIA grants in the last several years need to send us ALL a clear message that the current level of funding for trails is unable to maintain the trail system funding we have all come to enjoy. The committee was made up of snowmobilers including the Trails Bureau Chief all working together determined that the effort is to be able to disburse close to $2,000,000 additional annually to the clubs. YES it first sounds like a lot, but if you divide it by 106 clubs, the average is $20,000 per club, it is not huge money when construction, and groomer maintence/fuel and periodic groomer replacement needs to be considered. The model being discussed will turn over to the clubs 100% ownership of their equipment. They will be able to buy, trade, swap equipment at will without the NH BOT having input on their acquisitions As the old saying goes "If we are going to dance then WE must pay the fiddler"
  22. NHSA Sno Traveler promoting ME sledding

    Northern Outdoors is a PAID advertiser,,, Im not sure thats the same as "promoting them" (or Maine)
  23. I can say that its a great time,,,, with plenty of food, and Leon's "Cheeseburger Chowder " is a favorite of mine, I hope to be there this year!
  24. Sled would not start

    Dave , you may want to check the rest of your lines,,, better now than in Feb!!!!