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NO. R-208. JOINT RESOLUTION THANKING PRIVATE LANDOWNERS FOR HOSTING SNOWMOBILE TRAILS.

(J.R.H. 164)

Offered by: Representatives Rusten of Halifax, Anderson of Woodstock, Atkins of Winooski, Barbieri of Wallingford, Barney of Highgate, Blanchard of Essex, Brown of Walden, Carmolli of Rutland City, Dominick of Starksboro, Doyle of Richmond, Edwards of Swanton, Flory of Pittsford, Freed of Dorset, Ginevan of Middlebury, Gray of Barre Town, Hathaway of Barton, Helm of Castleton, Holmes of Bethel, Hooker of Rutland City, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Hyde of Fayston, Kainen of Hartford, Kehler of Pomfret, Kinsey of Craftsbury, Koch of Barre Town, Krasnow of Charlotte, Kreitzer of Rutland City, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Lehman of Hartford, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Maslack of Poultney, Mazur of South Burlington, Mazzariello of Rutland City, McNamara of Burlington, Milne of Washington, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Palmer of Pownal, Parizo of Essex, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Quaid of Williston, Richardson of Weathersfield, Rivero of Milton, Rogers of Castleton, Schiavone of Shelburne, Severance of Colchester, Sherman of St. Johnsbury, Smith of Sudbury, Suchmann of Chester, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Voyer of Morristown, Westman of Cambridge, Willett of St. Albans City, Winters of Williamstown and Wisell of Bristol.

Whereas, snowmobiling has become one of Vermont's foremost winter recreational activities, and

Whereas, under the auspices of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers and its locally based associated clubs, a very extensive network of trails, essential for snowmobiling's existence, has evolved and now encompasses every area of the state, and

Whereas, much of this outstanding network of trails crosses private land, and

Whereas, private landowners are under no obligation to grant permission for snowmobile trails to be laid across their property, and

Whereas, there is no special benefit accruing to private landowners who have authorized the construction of snowmobile trails on their land, other than the goodwill of snowmobilers, and

Whereas, despite the obvious lack of incentives for private landowners to serve as hosts to snowmobile trails, many landowners across Vermont have generously consented to the requests of snowmobiling clubs and have allowed their land to be used, without compensation, for this purpose, and

Whereas, the snowmobiling community is very appreciative that so many private landowners have graciously agreed to host the trails that make this recreational pastime possible, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its appreciation to the many private landowners who have consented to the construction of snowmobile trails on their property, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers in Berlin.