MINOCQUA - A wake up call. That's what Northwoods snowmoblie clubs are asking for.
Several clubs from the Northwoods met in Minoqua tonight, discussing issues and concerns for the future of the trails.
The first of those issues?
Lack of snow this winter.
But that's just the beginning.
Others include lack of new and younger members in clubs.
Only 30 percent of snowmobilers in Wisconsin actually belong to a club.
Without members, trails can't be properly maintained.
Snowmobile clubs say something needs to change.
"If something does not happen, positively, there could be a chance in the near future that one or more clubs could go down and if there are no more snowmobile clubs to maintain the trials, the economic input would be just devastating for the northwoods," said Gus Jones, vice president of the Minocqua Forest Riders Snowmobile Club.
Leaders from tonight's meeting want to increase partnerships between local businesses and clubs.
Then they can prevent problems like this from happening next season.
"My hope in calling for this meeting was to address local businesses and have them understand the value of the clubs to their businesses. We have a lot of businesses out there," said Pat Harkins, president of the Minocqua Forest Riders Club.
Harkins hopes more businesses will step up to better business on the trails.
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