Snowmobile Club Receives Grant for Trail Grooming Equipment
Snow Bounders Snowmobile Club receives federal Recreational Trails Program grant for Trail Grooming Equipment: July 06, 2005 Cattaraugus County Building, Little Valley, NY
The Cattaraugus County Snow Bounders Snowmobile Club has been awarded a federal Recreational Trails Program grant in the amount of $72,094 for the purchase of trail maintenance equipment. The grant will fund the purchase of a groomer with a multi-blade drag and U-front that can be used to groom and clear brush along trails for such uses as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hiking, equestrian, jogging, interpretive/nature, and snowshoeing. The Snow Bounders Snowmobile Club currently maintains over 150 mile of trails in Cattaraugus County, including the newly opened Pat McGee Trail, a 12.4 mile multi-use trail running from the Village of Cattaraugus to the City of Salamanca.
The Snow Bounders grant is one of 23 that were recently announced by Governor George E. Pataki for trail-related projects across the State as part of the federal Recreational Trails Program. The total awarded to New York State was nearly $1.6 million.
"The Empire State's vast trail system offers a wide variety of opportunities for four-season recreation and exciting outdoor activities for New Yorkers and visitors,"Governor Pataki said. New York has one of the most extensive trails systems in the nation with more than 20,000 miles of trails among public and private lands that are maintained by state and local municipalities and motorized and non-motorized trail group volunteers.
State Parks administers the federal matching grant program providing funding to state and local governments, not-for-profit organizations, corporations, and partnerships for the maintenance, renovation, development, acquisition and construction of trails and trail-related facilities. Funding is provided through the Federal Highway Administration's Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), Recreational Trails Program.
Lynn LeFeber, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Grants In Aid representative for the Allegany Region, said
"Our Agency is extremely pleased to have helped in the application process and look forward to working with the Snow Bounders to obtain a new groomer and widen their trails. They worked very hard to present a good application and were able to achieve the highest rate for the region. The new groomer should enhance the snowmobile experience for years to come."
Tom Livak, Director of the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, said
"The dedicated volunteer base of the Snow Bounders and the other eight Cattaraugus County Federation Clubs has created a tremendous tourism infrastructure and potential economic engine for small businesses in our County. This grant provides additional resources for these volunteer-based clubs to improve trail conditions that will certainly contribute to safety and enjoyment of snowmobiles and other winter activities on our trails."
Kevin Thalheimer, President of the Snow Bounders Snowmobile Club said,
"This new groomer will allow us to maintain our trail system in top-notch condition. We truly appreciate the hard work and long hours that Sheri Webster contributed to securing the grant. She is a perfect example of the dedicated volunteers that are members of the snowmobile clubs of Cattaraugus County."
The Snow Bounders Snowmobile Club was incorporated in 1969 and currently has over 90 members. The Club is also a member of the Cattaraugus County Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Inc. The Snow Bounders hold their meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Little Valley American Legion on Route 353 in Little Valley. For more information on the Club contact Sheri Webster at 257-3737 or visit them online at www.SnowBounders.com.