National Forest Products Helps Snowmobilers
National Forest Products President, Ron Songer gave the Marienville Trail Riders Snowmobile Club permission to park at his business location during the weekends. Club members Jerry Beichner and Jerry Thornton met with Mr. Songer on the 21 of December and then met with Jenks Township supervisor Gregg Geyer to mark out the best path to get to the railroad tracks. This additional parking should make it better for snowmobilers and residents. The Knox-Kane railroad tracks is a multiuse trail for hikers, bikers, and other wintertime enthusiast, including snowmobilers. The tracks intersect with trail 12 three miles north of Marienville. This will allow snowmobilers and the club to groom in that direction without being on Greely Farm road or Lamonaville road. Once again, snowmobilers can help by joining a local club and Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA). The Marienville club would like thank the patrons that live on Oak lane for allowing a trail access in front of their homes. This marked trail leads from the Hotels south of Marienville directly to the railroad tracks. The club would like to especially thank Jenks Township for their cooperation and the Minard Oil Company out of Bradford , Pa. Minard Oil does very little plowing on their access roads and have allowed the club to use their equipment to help maintain the trails. They have an office at Pigeon which is in the middle of our trail system. The Marienville Club would like everyone to know that their trail camera is up and running, giving viewers an accurate snow depth every 30 minutes. Thank you to the Marienville Library for the use of their internet connection. Trails opened on the 18 of December, and snowmobilers had an almost perfect weekend as Mother Nature greeted them with over a foot of snowfall. The one issue that all of our local clubs, Forest County out of Kellettville, the Highland Snowseekers, the Willows from Bradford as well as the Marienville club have had some of their trails plowed. In Marienville’s case, trail 28 and Trail 11 was plowed Thursday, the day after the heavy snow and again on Sunday morning. from the 2” that fell during Saturday night. The club members are also disappointed in the Forest Service decision to close the 35 miles of longhouse trail that overlooks the Kinzua Dam. Complaints have been filed with the Forest Service and with Congressman G T Thompson’s office but have only heard back from GT’s office and Rich Hatfield the ranger out of Bradford. New trail maps describing these changes can be found on the Kiosk at Chapman Dam State Park, Cougar Bob’s in Kellettville, Rt. 6 parking just west of Kane, Bob’s Trading Post, and the FS parking lot north of Bob’s Trading post on rt. 321 and in Marienville next to the groomer barn which is located on East Spruce Street. The Marienville Club members are anxiously awaiting their trip to Michigan on February 14-21 and have over 40 members going while renting 9 cabins at Pine Bluff, in Curtis. Thanks to the Forest Service for printing the maps and the Marienville Club for installing the maps. Think Snow!