Snowmobile club tackles trail work in Hollis
HOLLIS — With this week’s high temperatures, it’s hard to believe winter will be here before you know it.
Even with the hot weather, however, the Nor’easters Snowmobile Club has plenty to do. Doug Sattler, the club’s president, told selectmen on Monday that efforts to maintain the town’s 45 miles of wooded trails are ongoing.
“We welcome all types of trail users and take social responsibility very seriously,” Sattler said.
The club has around 670 members, though Sattler said he’s hoping to recruit some more during Hollis Old Home Days on Sept. 20 and 21.
The Nor’easters are also seeking volunteers to assist in the townwide Hollis Trail Work Day on Oct. 26.
Founded in the 1970s, the nonprofit club was inactive from 1970 through 1999 as membership dwindled. The Nor’easters were reinvigorated about 13 years ago and these days, membership continues to rise as the club partners with other local trail organizations and the Hollis Conservation Commission.
“We also work very closely with private land owners, as they are very critical to our mission,” Sattler said.
The club conducts its own fundraising and also receives money from state and federal recreation trail grants, allowing the group to complete multiple projects with minimal taxpayer dollars.
Amos White, the club’s trails administrator, called the Nor’easters “a multi-use club.”
“We’re not only maintaining trails, we’re also rebuilding them,” said White, who noted that the trails allow snowmobilers to travel all the way to Canada in the wintertime, with hikers and horseback riders enjoying similar excursions in warmer weather.
Over the summer months, the club hires local youth to work on the trails, with trail maps and signage updated annually.
The most recent editions of the Hollis trail maps are available at a number of local businesses and will also be available to those attending this month’s Old Home Days festivities.
Sherry Wyskiel, chairman of the Hollis Trails Committee, said the committee’s seven members would be unable to maintain all the town’s trails without the Nor’easters assistance.
According to Wyskiel, the club has donated more than a quarter-million dollars worth of time and materials to improve the Hollis trailway system over the past seven years.
“These are trails that are enjoyed through all seasons,” she said. “We’re fortunate to have so many wonderful volunteers.
The Hollis Nor’easters meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. inside the Lawrence Barn, located at 28 Depot Road. For more information, visit www.noreasters.org.