Volunteers Needed For Trail Work
Time to prepare for the quickly approaching season! We’ll be meeting at the BRVSC Clubhouse (197 N. Dorchester Road, Wentworth, NH) at 9am this Saturday, 9/12 for a day of trail work.
We’ll have all tools and equipment needed to get the job done, but you can feel free to bring loppers, chainsaws, etc. if you have them readily available.
If you bring an ATV, it must be registered and meet all NH OHRV rules.
**Please note that volunteers must be current, active BRVSC members, as only members are covered under our insurance policy. Someone will be available to process memberships beginning at 9am that morning if you are due to renew. You can also renew online here. Thank you for your cooperation!**
Monthly Meetings Restart This Week
This Saturday, September 12 is also the first monthly meeting of the 2020-2021 season.
Club meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month, September through June.
This month, we’re still practicing social distancing so we’ll hold business outside beginning at 5pm.
We regularly see 20-30 members at our monthly meetings throughout the season. Lots of business is covered each time and we love to hear voices from all over. Please add all meetings to your calendar and try to make them!
This weekend we hosted our first trail work day of the off-season. Around 8 o’clock Saturday morning, 13 smiling faces met at the clubhouse ready to rock. After catching up over coffee and muffins, they split into groups to tackle various sections of Corridor 8.
One group addressed a couple of rotted trees leaning over the trail.
The trees leaned away from the road (and the powerlines, phew!) and were taken down without issue. Although the trees were rotted at the root, lots of healthy wood remained. The usable sections of tree were cut to length, loaded onto a trailer and trucked out.
Next up, these folks headed further down Corridor 8 to clean up a large tree down on the side of the trail. Work came to a temporary halt for everyone but one lucky Kubota operator (thanks, Nikki!) who fought a stubborn stump that refused to come out.
After dealing with the stump, the crew could finally restart their saws and cut the tree into log lengths. The trail was too muddy from Friday night’s storm to move the logs that day, so group #1 called it quits.
Meanwhile, another crew tackled the new section of Corridor 8 (the logging area, parallel to Hooper Hill Road). If you rode this section last year, you’ll remember that it typically struggled to retain a decent snow cover.
In an effort to resolve that issue, these members spent their day lugging bags of grass seed and bales of hay. They spread that stuff over a half mile of trail!
This should help stabilize the surface of the trail, build a solid snow base and decrease mud. Cross your fingers. Beefing up this section of trail clears the path to great conditions in higher elevation and could seriously extend our snowmobile season.
Join Us Next Time
Join us for the next trail work day on Sunday, June 14, and every second Sunday of the month moving forward. We’d love to have you!
If you’re feeling the need to get out of the house and into the woods, now’s your chance! This Saturday, May 16 we are holding a socially distant Trail Work Day. Meet at the Clubhouse (197 N. Dorchester Road, Wentworth, NH) at 8am to participate.
There’s lots of work to be done as we begin making improvements for the next snowmobile season. Projects on the agenda include:
- Spreading hay/seed
- Cleaning and organizing clubhouse
- Picking up trash in and around parking area
- Servicing and storing the drags
- Bringing in the kiosks
- General trail cleanup
We’ll have all tools and equipment needed to get the job done, but you can feel free to bring cloppers, chainsaws, etc. if you have them readily available.
If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say “people just don’t volunteer anymore” I could have snowchecked a 2020 RMK with the 850 Patriot last spring. Unfortunately, this is more accurate than not. Too many clubs have the same small handful of “inner circle” volunteers putting in the hours, one work party after another. Of course, this is not sustainable; and if clubs cannot sustain operations, trail systems fall apart.
So, here is a list of simple (and fun!) ways to help your club thrive, none of which include cutting brush.
1. Renew, and Renew Early
This first step is the easiest by far! In New Hampshire, snowmobile memberships run from July 1 to June 30, and the dues you pay go directly to club overhead costs to maintain trails and provide the best riding experience possible. And, because so much money goes into trail work during the summer and fall months to prepare for winter, these funds are especially vital during this time. If you can, renew your membership right after it expires in July and set your club up for success.
2. Attend Club Meetings (Post-pandemic, of course)
I get it. In-person club meetings can be a little dull and potentially intimidating – especially if you don’t know many people in the group – but bear with me. It is so, incredibly difficult for a large group of people to function and make important decisions efficiently. If a club went the entire season without ever checking in as a group, chaos would ensue. This workflow is the only way to ensure a smooth, enjoyable (and profitable) season to keep the club and its trail system flourishing for years to come. So please, attend meetings. Get to know people. Hear the qualms that your fellow members have and work together to solve them.
3. Volunteer in Ways That Interest You
Contrary to what you may see posted online, trail work is not the only way to lend a hand. As a member, you should feel empowered to volunteer in any way that you can – I promise, your club will appreciate it. Do you have a background in marketing? Provide some social media tips, or maybe even offer to serve as webmaster. Have a knack for event planning? Throw out some ideas and offer to take the lead on a particular event this season. The sky’s the limit here. And, throwing it back to Step #2, attending meetings is a great way to stay “in the know” and to raise your hand when a volunteer opportunity comes up that interests you.
4. Make a Donation
We all know that monetary donations are incredibly valuable to our small, nonprofit snowmobile clubs – but a donation does not have to be money. In-kind donations can be used for anything from raffles, silent auctions, contest prizes and more. For a club like ours, which has a clubhouse out of which we serve food, donating consumables and other kitchen items is also extremely generous.
5. Engage with Social Content
Can’t make it to meetings? Can’t spare time to volunteer or the money to make a donation? There is still one sure-fire way to help your club. Engage with their social media content! Many snowmobile clubs are making a great effort to have a fun and informational online presence, but building organic reach is more difficult now than ever. Be sure to follow your club on all social channels, “like” posts and comment as often as possible.
The bottom line of this list is that it doesn’t matter HOW you help out, just that you do. Raise your hand. Get involved. Do what you can. We will not have the trails we do for long if we don’t step up!