Volunteers repair snowmobile crossing after vehicle damage

  • Monadnock Sno-Mole volunteers rebuilt this stream crossing in Rindge after it was damaged by a vehicle attempting to cross. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/19/2021 12:23:28 PM

Last week, Monadnock Sno-Moles volunteer Jim Fafard and Joel Proulx donated their time to repair a snowmobile bridge crossing that had been damaged by a vehicle trying to cross it – something that can be a perennial problem for those volunteers who spend their time trying to keep the trails passable for winter riders.

Fafard, who has been a volunteer with the local snowmobiling club for 20 years, said he, Proulx, and Fafard’s apprentice Justin Thibault replaced the decking on the bridge, located on a trail alongside the power lines off Perry Road in Rindge.

The club receives some reimbursement for their materials and equipment to maintain more than 100 miles of trail throughout southern New Hampshire, including Jaffrey, Rindge, Fitzwilliam, Troy, and New Ipswich, but the majority their time and most of their materials to keep the local trails rideable are a simple labor of love from those who use them, Fafard said.

Each year, the club battles with grooming the trails, trimming back the brush and removing obstacles like fallen trees. But they also have to deal with the human element, such as the driver of the vehicle that damaged the bridge they repaired last week.

“It’s a constant struggle,” Fafard said. “There are always people who see a groomed trail and see it as a challenge to see how far they can get in their 4-wheel drive. It’s a problem every season.”

The trail along the power lines is not restricted solely to OHRVs, but is maintained by the Monadnock Sno-Moles, Fafard said, including the crossing that was damaged. Some trails specifically bar vehicles, and residents should ensure they are allowed before attempting to access a trail on any kind of motorized vehicle.

The Monadnock Sno-Moles are holding its annual cookout and poker run this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cookout and run begins at 62 Mountain Road on Pool Pond in Rindge. Parking is at the public beach on Squantum Road in Jaffrey or the Monadnock Marketplace in Rindge. Follow trail signs on Trail 4 or Trail 403 from Pearly Pond. The cookout includes hotdogs, burgers, chips, soda, soups and chili, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults, or free for children under 12. A silent auction will be held, with drawings at 2 p.m.

Participating in the Poker Run is $20. Registration runs from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and the run begins at 9:30 a.m. For more, visit www.snomoles.org.




Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

20 Grove St.
Peterborough, NH 03458
603-924-7172

 

© 2020 Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy