Our mission is to promote snowmobiling safety and awareness in the Hudson Valley and to protect our right to ride in the Stewart State Forest.
In The Beginning….
During the 2000/2001 snowmobile season, Mark Heinzelman rode his Arctic Cat ZRT 800 throughout the Stewart State Forest. He was repeatedly stopped by DEC and Forest Ranger officers and warned that if snowmobilers didn’t organize, we would lose our rights to ride on that land. Mark, his wife Sue, their friends and neighbors hung signs in local deli’s advertising the formation of the Rock Tavern Sno Riders.
The club worked with the DEC to maintain and mark the trail system in the forest. Members were trained for search and rescue as well as snowmobile and chainsaw safety practices. Through fundraisers and membership fees, the club purchased a rescue sled to be able to work in conjunction with local emergency responders when the trails are snow covered.
The Rock Tavern Sno Riders joined the New York State Snowmobile Association. In 2006, the DEC wrote a management plan for the State Forest. With the help of Anne O’dell from NYSSA, the club members attended and spoke at the DEC public hearing, saving snowmobiling rights on the state property: rights that had initially been written out of the plan.
The club continues to maintain trails in the state forest, promote safety in the sport through state-sanctioned safety courses and protect the rights of local snowmobilers in the Hudson Valley.
Thank You, Mark ….
Help Keep Stewart Open for Snowmobiling!
We Miss You, Mark!
Forever in our hearts.