ALBANY – Chautauqua County will receive $229,176 and Cattaraugus County will land $153,204 for snowmobile trail grooming and maintenance as part of a $4.2 million state program.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announced the award while naming Jan. 25-27 as a free snowmobiling weekend for all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers. The state offers 10,400 miles of snowmobile trails.
“New York is unrivaled in its natural beauty in all four seasons and offers a vast recreational trail system for snowmobilers to enjoy our stunning winter landscape,” Cuomo said. “By providing the funding to keep the trails in good condition and encouraging more tourists to visit our state for the free snowmobile weekend, we are helping grow our upstate tourism economy and maintaining our outdoor trails for generations to come.”
The $4.2 million for snowmobile trail maintenance to local communities in New York this winter is a five percent increase from last year. The trail grants support 10,400 miles of designated trails across the state for snowmobilers. The local grants program is funded by snowmobile registration fees collected by the State Department of Motor Vehicles and deposited into the Snowmobile Trail Development and Maintenance Fund. County and municipal governments distribute the grants to about 230 snowmobile clubs across the state, which in turn groom and maintain the trails.