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Saturday
Mar262016

MSA Alert - Your Help is Needed - LD-1600

To all on the alert list:
As you know, Roxanne Quimby’s Elliotsville Plantation and their supporters have failed to gain public acceptance  for their national park scheme in the Katahdin Region. They are now using their money and influence to convince the President to unilaterally designate land in the Katahdin Region as a national monument under the Antiquities Act. This would not create a park but would place the land into federal ownership with all the associated rules, regulations and restrictions that would come with federal ownership. Congressional approval would still be required to create a national park, and to date not a single member of Maine’s delegation will introduce the legislation to make that happen.
LD-1600, "An Act Regarding Consent to Land Transfers to the Federal Government," will soon be facing votes in the Maine House and Senate. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Steve Stanley of Medway would protect the interests of the people of Maine. The bill creates a “reverter clause,” that would transfer the land back to Elliotsville Plantation if the President made the monument declaration.
The bill received a split vote of 7-6 in committee with “Ought-Not-To-Pass” prevailing. The first action will be taken by the House, likely on Monday, March 28.
It is important for everyone to contact their legislators and ask them to support this important bill. A national monument designation would bypass any public process and open the door for an unwanted federal intrusion in the Katahdin Region. This could have a terrible effect on abutting private landowners and serious consequences for traditional recreational access in the region.
You can find contact info for your legislators here:
http://legislature.maine.gov/house/townlist.htm
Thanks in advance for your help in protecting the State of Maine from more federal ownership.

- Bob Meyers, Executive Director

Friday
Mar182016

Trail Report 3-18-16

The Official Snowmobile Trail Report:
From the Desk of:
Gary Marquis 
Caribou Parks & Recreation Dept. 
55 Bennett Drive
Caribou, Me. 04736
207-493-4224

3-17-16

Well despite what has been a very up and down winter for a lot of projects here in the County, we are still grooming here in parts of Central Aroostook. The Valley and the Allagash have not stopped whatsoever. I have spoken to a lot of new faces in the past few weeks and they are indicating that this is their first trip to the County and definitely will not be their last. The winter that never was for the Southern parts of the State might be a blessing for the County with all these new people coming up, they are certainly getting what we always knew which is the kindest people and the best trail’s on the planet.

As I sit here and write this report it is snowing hard and accumulating on the ground. Despite the fact the day before was almost 50 degrees. With this being said there is a lot of water sitting in low lying areas, so please use caution. Places that will hold water will be: FIELD ROADS WITH BAD DRAINAGE, DIVERSION DITCHES, LOW LYING SWAMP AREAS, ROAD DITCHES, AND OBVIOUSLY BODIES OF WATER. PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND.

Remember that we are about the only area that has snow in the Northeast so trails will be busy once again this weekend and with a lot of new people to the area please ride right and slow down.

CAUTION: ALL RIVERS AND STREAMS ARE BECOMING VERY UNSAFE

Trail Info:

ITS 92 This trail continues to be groomed and is in very good condition.

ITS 90 Caribou will not reopen their section of 90 as the warm temperatures have taken its toll on the base. Pick up 90 off of 105 and travel towards Portage is in good condition.

ITS 120 Also known as the Deboullie Trail is groomed and in very good condition, remember to get gas out of Portage, Eagle Lake, or at St. Francis. Stop by Deboullie pond for great pictures.

ITS 83 . There is a small water hole behind the old MDOT garage in Axle siding, and there is another one on the other end of the power line in the sharp turn. Through Washburn and Caribou all the way to the roof top of the County this trail is in good shape. There are some issues going through Caribou with water in low spots use caution.

ITS 81 Unfortunately anything South of Fort Fairfield is very limited snow cover, but the further North you travel the trail is holding up well, remember that this trail goes through a lot of open ground in the Central part of the County so you might travel over some brown snow, and water holes so please use caution.

ITS 85 Ashland North this trail is holding up well and the farther North one travels the trail is in very good shape due to the deeper snow pack.

ITS 105 This trail is setting up in very good shape and as you go north the better the snow cover.

ITS 88 not groomed

ITS 86 not groomed

Trail 100 will be groomed and is in good shape.

Trail 81 in New Sweden will also be groomed once temps drop and snow stops.

On the Social Side:

St. Francis Sno Angels Saturday Meals at the clubhouse 11-7

Presque Isle Friday night Stew at the clubhouse.

Washburn Trail runner’s clubhouse opens this Saturday for the season. Hours are Saturday 7-2/ Sunday 7-12

Pleasant Ridge Riders of Caswell will be having a club ride on March 19th meeting at the clubhouse at 9am and travelling to Lakeview.

Houlton breakfast every Saturday at the clubhouse 6-9

Bite the Bullet & Battle Big Rock, March 19th registration at 3pm racing starts at 5:30pm

Fort Kent Sno-riders Snowmobile Club will be hosting King of the Mountain Hill Climbs on April 9th. Check out their Facebook page.

March 19th the MSA Northern region Board of Directors meeting will be held in Caribou at the Caribou Friends of Scouting Hall located off of US. Rt. 89. More details to come.

Pleasant Ridge Riders will be hosting a Breakfast and Bake Sale Fundraiser on Sunday April 10th at the clubhouse from 7-11.

Thursday
Mar032016

Trail Report

The Official Snowmobile Trail Report:
From the Desk of:
Gary Marquis 
Caribou Parks & Recreation Dept. 
55 Bennett Drive
Caribou, Me. 04736
207-493-4224

3-3-16

THE COUNTY IS GOING TO BE THE PLACE THIS WEEKEND AS HALF A FOOT OF SNOW TO A FOOT IN A HALF HAS BEEN REPORTED IN PARTS OF THE AREA.

We are back into the swing of things throughout the majority of the County, with this week’s snow and cold temps this should set us up for some nice trails. There are still a few areas that did not get much for snow so please be careful if out in these sections.

Remember that this is Can-Am Sled dog weekend in Fort Kent, the dog teams will be using small sections of our ITS trail system. ITS 92/85 and Carr Pond trails will be used, they are marked with green signs and volunteers on the trails. The trails are still open to snowmobiles so please use caution when approaching a dog team.

Remember that the Central area of the County was down for a week or so due to icy conditions, the ice is still there underneath the new snow. If the trails get a lot of traffic the turns will get cleared off of snow until the trails get groomed again so please keep this in mind and ride right.

CAUTION: RIVER CROSSING IN THE FORT FAIRFIELD AREA IS NOT ADVISED DUE TO UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS ON THE AROOSTOOK. MADAWASKA RIVER AS WELL IS UNSAFE.

Trail Info:

ITS 92 This trail leaving Fort Kent and going to Allagash is in great condition. The sled dog race uses a section of this trail leaving Fort Kent, very well marked and volunteers on the trail. While you are out on this trail check out the glazier lake loop trail which is in fantastic shape.

ITS 120 Also known as the Deboullie Trail is groomed and in very good condition, remember to get gas out of Portage, Eagle Lake, or at St. Francis. Stop by Deboullie pond for great pictures.

ITS 83 Presque Isle North this trail will be in very good condition. There is a small water hole behind the old MDOT garage in Axle siding, with the cold temps this area should be safe.

ITS 81 Fort Fairfield, Limestone, Caswell, Van Buren, Grand Isle, and Madawaska are reporting there sections to be in good to great shape, there is still a logging operation near Cyr cove watch for signs.

ITS 85 From the rooftop of the County to Ashland this trail is in great shape, the farther South you go there will be patches of ice, clubs are out trying to take care of this. Ashland is reporting that they will head down to Masardis on Thursday and should be in good shape

ITS 105 This trail is setting up in very good shape and as you go north the better the snow cover.

ITS 88 Ashland, Aroostook River will be out on their sections, Fort Fairfield will attempt to be out on Friday.

On the Social Side:

Caribou Snowmobile club annual trail side hot dog roast at Axle siding this Saturday located on ITS83. Dogs should be ready by 9:30am.

St. Francis will be hosting snowmobile drag races Saturday March 12th.

St. Francis Sno Angels Saturday Meals at the clubhouse 11-7

Presque Isle Friday night Stew at the clubhouse.

Washburn Trail runner’s clubhouse opens this Saturday for the season. Hours are Saturday 7-2/ Sunday 7-12

Pleasant Ridge Riders of Caswell will have a Spaghetti dinner on March 5th from 4-6:30, $8 for adults, $4 for children.

Pleasant Ridge Riders of Caswell will be having a club ride on March 19th meeting at the clubhouse at 9am and travelling to Lakeview.

Houlton breakfast every Saturday at the clubhouse 6-9

March 19th the MSA Northern region Board of Directors meeting will be held in Caribou at the Caribou Friends of Scouting Hall located off of US. Rt. 89. More details to come.

Sunday
Dec202015

2015-2016 Memberships

We have run into a problem with processing memberships, but it is a good one to have. We have run out of state applications for MSA membership. We need to wait until we receive more from the MSA in order to process additional new MSA family memberships. Sorry the (additional) delay.

Saturday
Sep122015

Pig Roast!

Today, September 12th @ around 4 PM we will be having the annual pig roast.  Come out and see us.