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dated 28 March 2014
Two Winters in One Season Creates Strain on Grooming Resources
Deer Lake, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation (NLSF) wishes to inform the snowmobiling public that as a result of the extended snowmobiling season and limited resources, grooming in some areas will be reduced as of this weekend, March 28th, 2014.
This winter has been one of the longest and best snowmobiling seasons we have experienced in many years. Many areas around the province had sufficient snow accumulations in early December 2013 for snowmobiling enthusiasts to begin riding the trails. As a result of the excellent snowmobiling conditions it was expected, by trail sticker buyers, that the NLSF would begin grooming operations at that time, and we did. Unfortunately the great snowmobile season we are experiencing has not resulted in an increase in trail sticker sales and a corresponding increase in revenues.
So far this season the NLSF has conducted over 5000 hours grooming trails throughout the island portion of the province. This is in excess of a 25% increase in the amount of grooming hours from the previous two seasons. This increase coupled with significant maintenance and operating cost increases has placed a strain on the resources available for the NLSF to conduct grooming operations. The 25% increase in grooming hours is expected to cost an additional $125,000 over and above our normal trail sticker sales.
Unfortunately, as a result, the NLSF has had to reduce the level of grooming services provided from March 28, 2014 onward. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our trail sticker purchasers.
Update(Mar.20, 2014): Water spill from Main Dam to Humber River via Junction Brook ongoing. Will be ramped up in the next few days. Very unstable ice conditions in Humber River and on Deer Lake. Please stay off the ice!!!
Deer Lake Power advises residents of Deer Lake and surrounding communities of a controlled release of water from Grand Lake. This action is required due to high reservoir levels and anticipated higher than average spring runoff. Water will be released over Main Dam, down Junction Brook and into the Upper Humber River near Reidville commencing Tuesday, March 19, 2014….The public is cautioned that increased water flows will result in unstable ice conditions on the Upper Humber River and on Deer Lake.
Please note! With the anticipated water levels caused by the opening of Main Dam gates:
Please be advised that the trail crossing the Humber River by the Insectarium will be closed. Also, be advised that the trail across Junction Brook will be closed and with the cooperation of Deer Lake power, the alternate route will be crossing Main Dam. Please slow down and proceed with extreme caution when crossing the Dam. There will be plenty of signage and ribbons to advise the snowmobiling public of the detour. Thank you for your cooperation in the matter.
***Notice to snowmobilers using the groomed trail in the TCH/Hampden Highway Intersection area:***
Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd will be conducting pulpwood harvesting operations in the McIssacs Brook area in the near future. To facilitate this activity, they will be required to plow the road in this area beginning on Tuesday March 14th, 2014. As this road is also the groomed snowmobile trail, there will be an effect on our trail running through the harvest block.. This will cause a disruption in the groomed trail from the area of the White Bay Convenience Store west for approximately 5.5 kilometers. Extreme caution is to be exercised in this area.
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