National Snowmobile Environment Month

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Alberta Snowmobile Association Launches National Snowmobiling Environment Month

(Edmonton, AB January 2011): Across Canada, snowmobilers have been doing their part to keep nature beautiful for more than 40 years. Now, the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) and the Alberta Snowmobile Association (ASA) are bringing snowmobilers together by launching the National Snowmobiling Environment Month, February 2011.

National Snowmobiling Environment Month celebrates a good news story. Today’s clean and advanced technology snowmobiles run more efficiently, effectively and quieter than ever before. They also benefit Mother Nature by significantly reducing emissions and virtually eliminating smoke and smell. In fact, modern snowmobile engines produce 98% fewer hydrocarbons and 94% less sound than older sleds. Overall, snowmobiles account for only a small fraction of all the motor fuel burned annually in Canada.

National Snowmobiling Environment Month also reaffirms that snowmobiler’s care about the environment. For example, most snowmobilers ride in defined locations, such as organized trails and designated riding areas. While Canada’s total area is almost 9.8 million square kilometers, the surface footprint of all snowmobile trails in Canada equals approximately 621.5 square kilometers, about the size of one medium sized town. So as the snowmobiling activity enjoyed in most parts of Canada, trail riding takes place on only about .0064% of our overall landmass.

Even when designated areas for mountain riding are factored in, Canadian snowmobiling occurs on a miniscule part of the whole, so interaction between snowmobilers and wildlife remains minimal. In addition, snowmobiling occurs when a blanket of snow protects the ground, thereby also minimizing its impact on plants and earth. And after the snow melts, nature flourishes again where sleds have traveled.

National Snowmobiling Environment Month is also a celebration of the many stewardship accomplishments of the CCSO and the ASA. These ongoing initiatives include seeding, tree planting, protecting sensitive habitats and species, erosion control, installing bridges and culverts to protect rivers and streams, working with government and environment groups, and ongoing education and outreach efforts within the snowmobiling community.

The CCSO and the ASA are using the occasion of National Snowmobiling Environment Month to remind riders to leave tracks, not trash; to maintain sleds at peak operating efficiency; to avoid noisy after market pipes; and wherever possible, to stay on the trail. Listen to radio stations accross Alberta for a series of environmental tips for snowmobilers.

The Alberta Snowmobile Association and the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations are committed to the conservation of Canada’s natural environment and to preserving organized trails and designated riding areas for future generations to enjoy.

For more information, contact the ASA in Edmonton at 780-427-2695 or e-mail [email protected].