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Toolcat Mower Clearing Trails Across State This Fall
Representing six of the 10 ISSA regions, 13 snowmobile clubs have signed up to use the Toolcat
mower this fall for trail maintenance and preparation.
The ISSA inherited the machine from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources during the transfer of
equipment following the transition in management of the state snowmobile program.
“We are scheduling the unit as efficiently as possible, taking into consideration logistics and
dates requested,” explained Past ISSA President Jim Willey, who is coordinating the unit’s
movement across the state.
If your club is interested in reserving the mower, please contact Willey at (563) 920-0911 or email him
at email@example.com. Please note only certified groomer operators are eligible to run the
machine on the trails and or in the ditches.
“When you receive the unit, we ask that you do everything possible to complete your use as quickly as
possible, so it can be moved on to the next club waiting to use it,” he said. “If you are not able to use the
Toolcat when I call you to let you know that it is available, we will take it to the next club on the list and
reschedule your time with it."
|Toolcat in action courtesy Scott County Sno-Seekers Facebook page.
Cross-Country Trails Closed Until End of Shotgun Season;
Early Snowfall Causing Trespassing Issues in Southeast Iowa
For your safety and out of respect of our landowners who hunt, cross-country snowmobile trails in
Iowa are closed until Dec. 17 at the conclusion of the second shotgun deer hunting season.
Clubs along Interstate 80 in Iowa are also reminding riders their trails are also closed as they
continue to work on repairs caused by late October flooding. A Nov. 25 storm system dumped more than
a foot of snow in this area, and members are now having trouble with rogue riders.
"We have riders coming to our area due to last Sunday’s snowfall, and it is creating major problems
as they are riding in areas that are not marked and going into private property that they should not be
riding," reported Mindy Scott of Lone Tree, president of the Eastern Iowa Sledheads of Region 9.
Scott said her club is in the process of getting trail closed signs posted and have placed notices in
gas stations along the trail where people park and unload to ride as well.
"We know you are excited for the snow," Scott said. "However, we wanted to let you know a majority of
the Sledheads trails are closed as the late flooding in October did major damage to our system and
many of our trails still have large amount of water standing on them and a couple of our bridges have
been comprised and are locked closed.
"Therefore, trails were not marked that are closed because they will lead you to a dead end or only
go for a mile or two," she continued. "Remember if you don't see trail signs there is a reason for it.
Please share this with others who maybe traveling to the area to ride."
Following elections at the 2018 ISSA Annual Convention in Okoboji Nov. 17, Brian Carmichael, right, has
succeeded Chris Willey as president of the ISSA. Above, Willey passes the gavel to Carmichael. Willey
also received a plaque recognizing his years of service to the ISSA.