National forest reminder: There must be at least a foot of snow for snowmobiles |

National forest reminder: There must be at least a foot of snow for snowmobiles

More snow is in the forecast, but unless at least a foot of it remains on the ground, don’t load up your snowmobile and head to the national forest.

Kent Foster, recreation manager for the Routt National Forest, said a foot of snow is needed to protect vegetation and other important features of the forests, such as wetlands and sensitive areas.

“This snow depth protects the visitor’s investment in snowmobiles, as well as the natural features. A foot of snow barely covers up rocks, logs and other hard objects that can damage snowmobiles,” he said.

There will likely be more dead trees on the ground this year due to the beetle epidemic, so people need to be aware and take extra precautions when snowmobiling.

Foster noted that it’s the responsibility of all Americans to help protect the public lands they enjoy. “Fixing damage to land takes away money that could be used for other road and trail improvements,” he said.

People caught snowmobiling on less than 12 inches of snow will be issued citations.

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