Snoman Inc. Environmental Policy
Snoman Inc.'s member clubs and Board of Directors are committed to preserving the natural environment throughout Manitoba. We not only promote safety as one of our key initiatives but are also committed to developing and maintaining environmental responsibility throughout the trail system. We feel that this can be accomplished by embracing new technologies along with educating the public and leading by example. This commitment is reflected in our Mission Statement:
“Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Incorporated is dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to its member clubs to develop safe and environmentally responsible snowmobile trails to further the enjoyment of organized recreational snowmobiling throughout Manitoba”
Snoman is committed to accomplishing this by:
- Encouraging clubs and their members to become active players in environmentally sustainable practises.
- Reducing the ecological footprint through initiatives such as: recycling, new technologies and the reduction in paper usage.
- Raising awareness with snowmobilers and encouraging them to adopt responsible and respectful environmental behaviour.
Ways to make Greener Choices:
Listed below are a number of initiatives that Snoman Inc. believes will support the continuing goal of environmental sustainability.
- New technologies have led to cleaner-burning, advanced 4-stroke and next generation 2-stroke engines. Snowmobile manufacturers continue to meet or exceed stringent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission standards. These standards have led to a 90% reduction in hydrocarbons and a 70% reduction in carbon monoxide.
- Maintain your snowmobile yearly to ensure its efficiency and reliability.
- Refrain from replacing your manufacturer's exhaust system with noise reduction technologies with aftermarket systems.
- Please respect wildlife and avoid ecologically sensitive areas.
- Most clubs promote “Pack out what you pack in.” Clubs are encouraged to provide a separate garbage can at their cabins for recycling pop bottles or cans. This reduces the chance of litter and provides an alternate choice for snowmobilers (May also provide a little revenue too)!
- Store your gas cans and fill your sleds in sites that will not impact any water sources.
- Wipe up any spills you may have with proper fuel soak pads(We recommend all snowmobilers pack at least one soak pad).
- Promote good stewardship practices, obey the signs and support your local snowmobile club, they work hard for your right to ride!
- When you hear someone talking about the environment, remember to tell them what you and your club do. Make sure you tell them “Snowmobilers Care About our environment” and our stewardship practices prove it.
- Non-snowmobilers have many misconceptions about snowmobiling and the environment. Often, these inaccurate impressions are fuelled by false or out of date information. To counteract these ideas, it is important for each snowmobiler to be armed with the facts and to spread the truth about snowmobiling at every opportunity.
Snoman Inc Code of Ethics
I understand and accept the risks associated with snowmobiling and I will take responsibility for my own actions.
As a responsible snowmobiler...
- I will ride in a manner that is a credit to our recreation.
- I will influence other snowmobilers to adhere to this Code of Ethics.
- I will respect the rights of others including property owners and other outdoor enthusiasts.
- I will protect our natural environment.
- I will ride in a responsible manner and will use only marked trails, areas or roads open to snowmobilers.
- I will not harass or harm wildlife or the natural surroundings.
- I will minimize my impact on the environment.
- I will ride smart, be prepared and stay in control.
- I will check ice and weather conditions before riding.
- I will help those in distress.
- I will obey all laws and rules governing our recreation.
- I will promote proper snowmobile education and training.
- I will practice Zero Tolerance with respect to impaired driving.
While riding please respect private land owners and stay on the designated trail. Respect farmers as they may have forage or winter crops planted. Always approach riders that are on horseback carefully as not to scare the animals. Respect wildlife.
Facts About Snowmobiling and the Environment
The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations provides the following facts as counterpoints to the many myths and misconceptions about snowmobiling and the environment:
- Snowmobiling occurs in defined locations, such as organized trails and designated riding areas.
- The total surface footprint of all snowmobile trails in Canada equals approximately 240 square miles, about the size of a medium size town.
- Because snowmobiling occurs in this comparatively small footprint, interaction between snowmobilers and wildlife remains minimal.
- Snowmobiling occurs when a blanket of snow protects the ground, thereby minimizing its impact on plants and earth.
- After the snow melts, nature flourishes again, including where sleds have travelled.
- Today's snowmobiles are built 94% quieter than early sleds and when left in stock condition, produce a minimal sound level as certified by professional engineers.
- Overall, snowmobiles account for a small fraction of all the motor fuel burned annually in Canada.
- Today's snowmobiles use significantly less fuel and oil, and run much more efficiently than older sleds.
- Today's snowmobile engines produce 98% fewer hydrocarbons than older sleds.
For more information go to www.ccso-ccom.ca