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Here’s your chance to shape snowmobile routes

If your ideal winter day in Michigan involves hitting the snowmobile trails, and if having a say in the future of the state’s designated riding routes is important to you, the DNR wants to hear from you – your riding experience and insight could be a perfect fit for an open position on the Michigan Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup.

“We’re looking for someone with a passion for snowmobiling and an interest in helping maintain and shape Michigan’s more than 6,200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails,” said Tim Novak, state trails coordinator for the DNR. “Specifically, we’re seeking an owner or operator of a snowmobile-related business to serve on the advisory workgroup, which plays a tremendous role in Michigan’s snowmobile community.”

The position could be filled by an individual who owns a power sports dealership, a repair facility or a hotel, gas station or other snowmobile tourism business, Novak said.

This new member will offer advice related to the creation, development, operation and maintenance of the designated snowmobile trail system. Other members of the workgroup represent trail sponsors, at-large trail users, the Michigan Snowmobile Association and the DNR.

Workgroup members help develop safety education and training programs, assist in determining how best to use funds from the DNR’s recreational snowmobile trail improvement fund, and serve as ambassadors and advocates on behalf of snowmobile users statewide.

The workgroup, which works closely with the Michigan Trails Advisory Council and the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, consists of seven individuals each serving four-year terms and contributing as volunteers (travel expenses to and from meetings are eligible for reimbursement). The group meets quarterly at varying locations around the state.

“Members tell us that being part of this workgroup is a rewarding experience – it’s not overly time-consuming and provides an opportunity for avid snowmobilers to express themselves and connect with others who enjoy the sport and wish to contribute to our state’s awesome snowmobile trail network,” Novak said.

Interested in getting involved and sharing your expertise? Apply for the position by filling out this form. The DNR will accept applications through Jan. 8. For more information, contact Anna Centofanti at 517-331-6219.

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