Snowmobilers Keeping Nature Beautiful

February is Snowmobiling Environment Month and across Ontario, OFSC snowmobilers have been doing their part to keep nature beautiful for more than 45 years. Today, snowmobiling and the environment is a good news story. Modern snowmobiles feature clean, advanced technology that runs more efficiently, effectively and quieter than ever before. They also benefit Mother Nature by significantly reducing emissions and virtually eliminating smoke and smell. In fact, modern snowmobile engines produce 98% fewer hydrocarbons and 94% less sound than older sleds. Overall, snowmobiles account for only a small fraction of all the motor fuel burned annually in Canada.

Snowmobilers care about the environment. For example, most snowmobilers ride in defined locations, such as on organized trails. While Canada’s total area is almost 9.8 million square kilometres, the surface footprint of all snowmobile trails in Canada equals approximately 621.5 square kilometres, about the size of one medium sized town. So trail riding takes place on only about .0064% of our overall landmass. Yes, snowmobiling occurs on a miniscule part of the whole, so interaction between snowmobilers and wildlife remains minimal. In addition, snowmobiling occurs when a blanket of snow protects the ground, thereby also minimizing its impact on plants and earth. And after the snow melts, nature flourishes again on the trails.

Snowmobilers are active stewards, conserving the environment with many ongoing initiatives including seeding, tree planting, protecting sensitive habitats and species, erosion control, installing bridges and culverts to protect rivers and streams, working with government and environment groups, and ongoing education and outreach efforts. You can do your part by staying on the trail, not leaving garbage behind, and riding a clean technology sled.

Snowmobiling Tourism Contacts:

Contributing partners for this Ontario snowmobiling site about great Ontario snowmobile trails and snowmobile conditions include:Intrepid Snowmobiler,Murphy Insurance, Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Ontario Tourism, Snow Goer Media, Supertrax Media.

About Craig Nicholson—The Intrepid Snowmobiler

Popularly known as The Intrepid Snowmobiler, Craig Nicholson is an International Snowmobile Hall of Fame journalist who specializes in recreational snowmobiling activities. Craig has snowmobiled in every region of Canada and many states. His one-of-a-kind tour book, “Canada’s Best Snowmobiling – The Ultimate Ride Guide”, chronicles his adventures, as does his website and Facebook page.

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