Walkers, snowmobile riders at odds over park trails in Scott County

  • Article by: David Peterson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2013 - 11:25 PM

Scott County residents are upset over park rules restricting some areas to snowmobile use only.

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Thumper5316Feb. 21, 13 5:54 AM

In Europe you can't walk anywhere. We had friends from Germany visit and they grabbed me when I was going to leave a sidewalk and walk on the grass. In Germany you can get a ticket for doing that.

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Willy53Feb. 21, 13 6:55 AM

Snowmobiles and ORV's need miles of territory to recreate. Walkers, skiers and hikers need a fraction as much to enjoy the outdoors. That's why former DNR Commissioner virtually opened all state forests north of HW 2 to ORV traffic everywhere unless posted. That's the one heck of a chunk of state land. You'd think hikers would have just a little bit to themselves. Surely there is a way they can coexist, perhaps a little trail enlargement or warnings to snowmobilers. Both groups want the same thing, more recreational habitat. Let's be reasonable when we look at acreage devoted to both.

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familyguy01Feb. 21, 13 6:57 AM

Oh get over it. In 1 month it will all be a distant memory.

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MorgFeb. 21, 13 7:02 AM

Whether it's a snowmobile or a four-wheeler, give them an inch and they'll take a light year. Is anyone actually surprised they are abusing the system and damaging public property? Happens time and time again. And don't get me started on the whole "I'm using my snowmobile to commune with nature" hogwash. If that's the case then get yourself a dogsled. If anyone is banned from public parks it should be the snowmobiles.

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mmediaFeb. 21, 13 7:02 AM

"but a love of nature is also what brings many snowmobilers out into rural Scott County" So their definition of love is to trample it into the ground and pollute it with noise and exhaust? Later the group seemed to be aghast at the off trail damage - is this the first time they have seen snowmobile tracks in MN? Riders go anywhere they want and they don't care because they will never be caught.

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yoppa13Feb. 21, 13 7:09 AM

So the meeeting is in a month, great! Then the walkers just need to worry about mowers.

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nimrod888Feb. 21, 13 7:26 AM

Walkers have 11 months out of the year to walk through the woods. Snowmobiles get maybe five weeks, if lucky, in the metro area. Snowmobiles do not wreak havoc on the forest floor, there is snow between the sled and the earth, this is another "the sky is falling" fallacy. Also, walking expends a great deal more CO2 into the atmosphere than a snowmobiler sitting on her machine.

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iceman3Feb. 21, 13 7:44 AM

Snomobiles have no business even remotely close to residential neighborhoods. They ruin life there, just like personal watercraft (jetskis) ruin the enjoyment of beaches, and lakeshore. It's like having a motorcycle revving in your face 24/7.

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riverrat76Feb. 21, 13 7:45 AM

This is a safety issue. Trust me as a snowmobile owner it's just not safe to have people walking along a winding trail in the woods. There are miles upon miles of trails to hike in this state. Let's keep walkers and snowmobiles separate and alive.

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ruphinaFeb. 21, 13 8:18 AM

Snowmobilers pay taxes on their vehicles and gas that is used to create and maintain trails. Snowmobile clubs volunteer thousands of hours annually to clear trails. Snowmobile clubs were the driving force behind the acquisition of all those abandoned RR roadbed trails. perhaps the Hiking Club could make their own trail that meanders through the woods, too small and tight for snowmobilers, that could be their very own. Bill G.

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