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Miles of snowmobiling trails in Oswego County will remain open this winter

Snowmobilers in central New York{ } / CNYCentral file photo

Twenty miles of popular snowmobile trails in Oswego County will be open to sledders this coming winter season after it was unclear for some time if they would be.

WoodWise Forestry, LLC has decided to keep the trails in Redfield, which are a key point to the Tug Hill region from Oswego County, open. The trail is popular with members of the Redfield Snowmobile Association and other snowmobilers because of the heavy amount of snow the area receives.

State Sen. Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay led the discussions between WoodWise Forestry, LLC and the Town of Redfield, applauded the decision.

“Snowmobiling has a major impact on both the quality of life and economics of our region," Ritchie said. "With the understanding of just what was a stake, I was proud to join Assemblyman Will Barclay to help lead these successful discussions. This decision from WoodWise Forestry, LLC to not only continue its partnership with the entire Redfield Community but also its commitment to the health of its forestlands for generations to come, will benefit everyone from the snowmobilers and camp and hotel owners to our restaurants, grocery stores and numerous other local businesses. I applaud both Redfield Supervisor Tanya Yerdon and WoodWise Forestry, LLC for their genuine efforts in making sure these important trails will be open.”

Barclay also said that the trail is also a vital gateway to snowmobiling's role in local economies in parts father north.

“This trail also provides a vital link between other trails in Jefferson and Lewis counties,” Barclay said. “I commend Redfield Supervisor Tanya Yerdon for working with WoodWise Forestry, LLC to ensure that this trail section remain open. I was glad to join with Senator Patty Ritchie on this matter to help protect this valuable resource.”

Salmon River Timberlands, LLC is one of several large land holdings owned and protected by WoodWise Forestry, LLC. The parent company practices patient forestry on over 75,000 acres in New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. Their property in Redfield being one of their largest single tracts of land.

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