EAST CENTRAL — The Naicam Snowblasters have been dealing with an increase of litter this year, including cans and other trash, on both Humboldt and Naicam trails.
“It’s everywhere on our trail system, really,” said Les Sandsbraaten, president with the snowblasters.
“Every club kind of has the same problem too; so it’s not just us… I think we see more of it because this area had an early start to the season again, so we have a lot of people coming from the major centres and all over the province to snowmobile.”
While volunteers with the club work to keep the trails clean, the route is made up of land the club gained permission to use. According to Sandsbraaten, causing damage to the trails could result in that permission being withdrawn.
“There are lots of other things that would upset a land or property owner right? Trespassing, leaving a mess, riding where you’re not supposed to be – those kind of things,” he said. “It’s a lot of work to reroute a trail, and sometimes impossible.”
Amid COVID-19, the group will not be holding their annual rally, but will be continuing their annual fundraising raffles. These funds are used to continue trail and shelters maintenance, as well as stocking wood bins.
This year, one raffle is 50/50, and the other is a draw for a Yamaha Snoscoot 200cc. Tickets can be purchased through Naicam businesses or KMK Sales in Humboldt.
“There’s a small area you can ride right now, and we just happen to be in a good part of it, so we have seen a lot more people up here – even more than last year,” Sandsbraaten said. “All it takes is one small group to leave a bunch of empty cans laying around at one of the shelters outside or on the trails somewhere.”