Landown­ers con­cerned

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

Whatwill hap­pen to the trails for off-road ve­hi­cles that roam the lands of the farm­ers? Yet this year, the trou­ble­mak­ers have used the ATV trails to steal at lo­cal Sugar shacks. With an AVT and a trailer, on the night of Fe­bru­ary 23 they took the fur­naces, spouts, lids, a drill, etc. and even had the nerve to steal the burner out of a cabin, this in two neigh­bor­ing Sugar shacks in Stanstead-east.

You will surely un­der­stand the re­luc­tance and the ques­tion­ing of the farm­ers to re­new the rights of pas­sage for fu­ture years. The right to pass on the land is a cour­tesy of­fered by the own­ers of the land and if this phe­nom­e­non is re­peated, the clubs will have more and more dif­fi­culty in find­ing landown­ers that will spon­sor a pas­sage for their trails.

It is re­gret­table that some criminals are mis­us­ing the trails to com­mit crimes and are los­ing the rights of pas­sage. They are thus de­priv­ing hon­est users and con­sci­en­tious of their fa­vorite sport.

That is why we ask for the col­lab­o­ra­tion of any­one who would have seen or heard any­thing that could help with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Con­tact the Sureté du Québec, sec­tor Coat­i­cook.

We must elu­ci­date these rob­beries to pre­serve our trails, the rights of pas­sage are so valu­able and so frag­ile.

Guy Le­feb­vre

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