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Early Winter 2015 39 Landowner SpotlightLandowner SpotlightLandowner SpotlightLandowner SpotlightLandowner Spotlight The Brighton Snowmobile Club would like to introduce you to Island Ponds piece of the puzzle. Maurice Barnes is a lifetime resident of Island Pond. He owns and operates the Lakeside Campground a 200 site campground located on the shore of Island Pond. The campground has a secondary trail that runs through it. He also has an additional 150 acres which contains about 2.5 miles of snowmobile Trail 114 which goes out of Island Pond. The VAST trails have been allowed on his property for 25 years and another 20 years prior when his father owned the property. Logging is the primary use of his land. Maurice has been snowmobiling for over 40 years. He is an Artic Cat A PIECE OF THE guy and presently owns three T-660 Turbo Touring sleds. He enjoys snowmobiling with his nieces nephew and friends and usually does 1000 miles each year. He is also a part of the history of the Brighton Snowmobile Club. He served as president of the club from 1988-1993. In addition he was also a groomer operator for many years. He continues to help the club when needed with plowing the groomer barn parking lot and allowing us to use his equipment for groomer repairs. Maurice has always been very generous permitting others to use his property. Over the years he has allowed the club to hold the Snow Cross at his field on the Henshaw Road. He still allows the club to have the Playground in this same field which snowmobilers use to play in. His generosity does not stop at snowmobiling. People can access and enjoy his property for dog walking snow shoeing and cross country skiing. In the summer he opens up the campground for the club to hold its summer picnic. When we asked Maurice what he feels is the biggest challenge allowing the use of trails on his land he felt it was off trail riding. We also asked what the most positive thing about having VAST trails on his land. He responded that he likes seeing people get enjoyment from something that I can do for them. The Brighton Snowmobile Club and VAST members would like to thank Maurice Barnes for allowing us to use his piece of the puzzle. Maurice Barnes owns and operates the Lakeside Campground on the shore of Island Pond. VAST trails have existed on his property for over 45 years. Dave Page photos e asked aurice what he feels is the biggest challenge in allowing the use of trails on his land. e felt it was off trail riding. Maurice has his snow gauge up and is ready for the season. Trail guides are in place behind him. PUZZLEby ue urdell