ALERT Rockabema N. Katahdin Area of Maine
ALERT Rockabema Snowmobile Club Report 1/3/13
Grooming operations have been under way for about a week now.
Between the holidays and volunteer help, our team has been out trying to clear the trails of thousands of blow downs and broken trees caused by the 24" plus heavy wet snow we recieved from the storm on Dec. 23rd in addition to the rain from the subsequent storm that froze trees in place, completely blocking many areas of trail.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ROCKABEMA TRAILS ARE NOT SAFE FOR HIGH SPEED TRAVLE DUE TO BRANCHES HANGING AND IN SOME CASES NEW TREES GOING DOWN ACROSS THE TRAIL.
We have broken out ITS 81 from Sherman Station to Lower Shin Pond, and from there to plowed road on ITS81/85 the Lane Brook Road, north of there with some brush left to be removed.. (An update on the trail status north of that point will be forthcoming today after talking with Matt Stedman with Irving Timberlands (thanks Matt)
The 10 mile stretch around Upper Shin Pond has NOT been groomed.
ITS /112 connector trail from Patten west to ITS/85A has been opened up. Be advised that there is till heavy brush to be cut, but it is passable at a slow rate of speed.
Also, this stretch has been rerouted to cross pasture land with MANY fences.
STAY ON MARKED TRAILS to avoid deadly fence wire.
ITS/85A from Big Sebois Bridge to the junction of ITS/85A and ITS/83 has been opened, also with heavy brush to be trimmed.
We are in dire need of people with chainsaws to help clear this mess.
Anyone willing to help should contact me at 207-356-9533 or club president Ken Perkins at 207-528-6102
Rockabema Snowmobile Club
Grooming more than 110 miles of trail
through 10 townships and two counties of Northern Mai