$42K comes back to snowmobilers in Orleans for trail maintenance

Posted 22 December 2018 at 6:37 pm

NY will have free weekend for out-of-state snowmobilers Jan. 25-27

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $4.2 million for snowmobile trail maintenance and grooming across New York State, including $42,336 in Orleans County.

The governor also designated the weekend of January 25-27 as a free snowmobiling weekend for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers. During this promotional weekend, the requirement to register in New York is waived for properly registered and insured out-of-state snowmobiling enthusiasts wishing to explore New York’s 10,400 miles of snowmobile trails.

“New York is unrivaled in its natural beauty in all four seasons and offers a vast recreational trail system for snowmobilers to enjoy our stunning winter landscape,” Governor Cuomo said. “By providing the funding to keep the trails in good condition and encouraging more tourists to visit our state for the free snowmobile weekend, we are helping grow our upstate tourism economy and maintaining our outdoor trails for generations to come.”

New York State is providing $4.2 million for snowmobile trail maintenance to local communities in New York this winter, a five percent increase from last year. The trail grants support 10,400 miles of designated trails across the state for snowmobilers to safely enjoy. The local grants program is funded by snowmobile registration fees collected by the State Department of Motor Vehicles and deposited into the Snowmobile Trail Development and Maintenance Fund. County and municipal governments distribute the grants to about 230 snowmobile clubs across the state, which in turn groom and maintain the trails.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “New York’s pristine trails offer an amazing snowmobiling experience for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. While riding throughout the state, snowmobilers can experience a wide variety of trails. Governor Cuomo’s investment in New York’s snowmobile trails will benefit not only those using the trails, but also surrounding local economies, bringing more visitors to these areas. The upcoming free snowmobile weekend is a great opportunity for everyone to visit these magnificent trails and experience some of New York’s natural beauty.”

The DMV reminds New York riders that snowmobile registrations must be renewed annually. DMV allows snowmobilers to renew registrations online on the DMV website, by mail or in person at a DMV office. Snowmobile registration costs $100, but is decreased to $45 if the snowmobiler is a member of a local snowmobile club.

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