obtaining copies of these maps are also listed on the back of the ITS map and posted on the MSA web site, www. mainesnowmobileassociation.com . Safety First Observing a few simple safety rules can help to keep you and the members of your riding party safe on the trails. 1. Keep to the right hand side of the trail, especially on a curve or rise. 2. Never operate a snowmobile while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 3. Travel at a reasonable rate of speed for the conditions. 4. Ride defensively. 5. Learn and use snowmobiling hand signals. 6. Be absolutely certain of ice thickness if you choose to ride on a frozen body of water. 7. Yield to all grooming equipment. Groomers may be out on the trails at any time of the day or night and may take up to the full width of the trail. 8. Wear a good helmet and appropriate clothing, and carry maps and maintenance, survival and first aid supplies. Many people have a cell phone with them - a good idea. Just be aware that there are many sections of trail with no cell reception; riders should be prepared to handle any situation that may arise. 9. Leave an itinerary of your ride with a responsible person and notify them of any changes or delays. Although the search and rescue skills of the Maine Warden Service are invaluable in a true emergency, there is no need to call the professionals out on a cold night to hunt for missing riders who aren’t missing at all - just in a different location than

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originally planned. You can print a simple itinerary form at www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com . Find it the Ride Right In Maine section under the Maine drop-down Menu. The MSA encourages all snowmobilers to take a snowmo bile safety course. Contact the Recreational Safety Office at the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife for in formation (207-287-5220) or check the schedule of cours es that IF&W posts online at maine.gov/ifw/ .

j Snowmobile Registration Maine resident registration renewals and non-resident registrations are available for purchase online at the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web site, www.maine.gov/ifw/. Registrations are also available through dozens of registration agents. A list of agents can be found on the IF&W web site. Resident: $56/Season (7/1-6/30). Non-Resident: $120/Season (7/1-6/30), $100/10 consecutive days, $75/3-consecutive days. Questions? Contact IF&W Licensing and Registration Division, 41 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333; 207-287-8000. j Maine Snowmobile Law Handbook Posted on the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife web site, www.maine.gov/ifw/ . j Trail Fund Donation Sticker Support Maine’s snowmobile trails with your voluntary donation to the state trail fund. Trail fund donation stickers at three donor levels ($25, $50, $100) are available when you register your sled. The donation program, which is separate from the registration requirements, is a way to show how much you appreciate Maine snowmobile trail development and maintenance efforts. j Trail Condition Reports Trail condition reports can be found on the MSA web site www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com , updated most weekdays during the trail grooming season. Reports are voluntary observations of MSA members, not a guarantee of current conditions. MSA members - trailmasters, groomer operators, club officers, trail riders, supporting business owners - are all welcome to sub mit reports to: www.mainesnowmobileassociation.com . Please include your name and the name of your snowmobile club.



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