Fred Kelsey.. president, at the time, was busy again helping to our cause. Hope you read the recent article on his work with the golf course issue.
Fred got together with Brent Cooper of the Bracebridge Examiner to write this:
Click…...Story Or….We pasted a copy below….
He was also talking with a new major magazine director on doing a series.
Happy New Year
Muskoka Lakes snowmobile club warns riders about trespassing
MUSKOKA LAKES — Fred Kelsey would like area snowmobilers to exercise some courtesy and use a little more common sense.
The president of the Muskoka Lakes Snow Trails Association said he has been receiving complaints from the management of Oviinbyrd Golf Club in MacTier that snowmobilers are trespassing on the club’s greens and potentially destroying them for play this coming year.
“They’re ruining it for everybody,” Kelsey said with a touch of frustration in his voice. “We want snowmobilers to stick strictly to the trail system. We don’t want any more landowners refusing us permission.”
He said the abuse of the golf course — where the club does have some permitted access — has been going on for the past while, and club officials erected warning signs about trespassing. However, this did little to stop the snowmobilers, as they entered the property again on Dec. 18 and ripped up the greens.
Kelsey said the golf course operators told club officials that “if this deliberate abuse and destruction of his course does not stop immediately he will close access to us.”
The club president said this instance, along with concerns regional landowners have with Bill 100, could create future troubles for the Muskoka Lakes club.
Bill 100, also known as the Support Ontario’s Trails Act, is geared to, according to the province, increasing awareness and encouraging use of trails, enhancing trails and trail experiences and recognizing the contribution that trails make to quality of life.
However, landowners have expressed concerns about the new bill, which the Ontario Landowners Association claims removes and/or undermines private property rights.
“A lot of our landowners have refused access to their property,” Kelsey said. “They are thinking the government may take their property over. So our trails are limited due to Bill 100 and this (trespass) will make things more difficult.”
Kelsey said anyone caught trespassing could be fined up to $10,000.
None of the club’s trails are currently open because, as Kelsey says, there are areas within the Muskoka Lakes group’s region with granite and swamps that make it difficult to groom.