I talked to my friends in D-16, they said one day they got the call that they where being shut down and that they would come get the groomers, it's quite the shock but they had a feeling this day would come. This is sad news guys, If we don't work together this is going to happened even more, District 13 (my own District) Might be the next one. I hope this is only temporary and we will find a solution for this.
OFSC is not to be blamed on this, they worked hard with the district to help them out, they tried to work things out, it's not the district 16 fault they like us have been affected really hard from the bad economy in the forest sector, many people lost good paying job that kept them employed in towns all across northern Ontario, many people moved away to find work, some stayed but have found jobs in mining or in the oil and gas fields out west, even tho they make a good living they don't have the time to ride snowmobiles, when they are home they have to do things around the house fix things, the wife to do list.. spend time with the kids and be a daddy. They work long runs so they only got less than a month to snowmobile while home so they end up selling the sleds as they are not being used, so that means less permits being sold in the area and less people to volunteer in the clubs.
So with that being said....whats happening with D-16? well some clubs I was told are going to still be there, One of them I heard would be the "Marathon Sno-Kickers Snowmobile Club " and I think Geralton and Nipigon might be also. I sure hope this is true and there are clubs that will still be around. The only problem is that there won't be connecting trails, that will leave a big gap in the trail system.
My friends from District 16 have told me that the OFSC are rounding up the groomers, picking them up, (as of now they must of all been picked up) and bringing them to a location where they will be looked over, inspected and evaluated to see in what shape they are. We need to work together and think Provincially, This year was a good example of it at the 2012 OFSC AGM (Annual General Meeting) In Colingwood, The floor voted on some BIG Changes that will help our federation in the upcoming years for the good, some clubs voted in favour of the change even tho their own club would be affected in a negative way but they saw the big picture and voted to work as a team and voted for what would be good for the whole province. I feel bad for my friends in D-16 that worked hard at trying to survive all those years, wish them the best and hope somebody comes up with a solution and D-16 is back in action grooming top trails for us to enjoy.
If you would like to help and do your part you can purchase a trail permit from my Club, go to the OFSCwebsite and look for "Club Alouettes Dubreuilville Inc" We need to sell 50 permits to stay in good standing with the OFSC to keep our club status. We need your help, if you plan to ride in my area this season you can help by getting your permit here.
On Positive note, the weather network are calling for snow for the Dubreuilville and wawa area for tomorrow.... Will I beat my November 9th first ride of the year? I sure hope so.
Here are some pictures from D-16 trails. I tried to find pictures but that's about it, not much pictures to be found online.
TOP D East Of Marathon, The Pic River Bridge, One of the First Million Dollar Snowmobile bridge in Ontario.