Michigan avoids snowmobile trail shutdown

Michigan snowmobile trail grooming clubs and the state’s Department of Natural Resources have reached an agreement to avoid a shutdown of Michigan’s snowmobile trails this winter, Grand Rapids, Mich., television station WFRV reported Nov. 8.

A prior disagreement between the two parties regarding grooming equipment ownership rights threatened to cripple the state’s snowmobiling industry.

In Michigan, the grooming program is funded entirely by snowmobile trail users, and not from tax dollars. The DNR administers user fees, but grooming clubs do the actual grooming and must be reimbursed for purchasing tractors and other equipment

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