American Council of Snowmobile Associations Call To Action!
Recreatioal Trails Program (RTP) in serious danger of being eliminated!
RTP is the return of the federal gasoline tax that you pay to the federal government with every gallon of gas you use.
As you may recall, RTP is in the “Transportation Alternatives Program” portion of the Highway Funding Legislation.
Yesterday, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) filed an amendment (S.A. 2280) to the Senate transportation bill, the DRIVE Act. His amendment would ELIMINATE the Transportation Alternatives Program — and RTP.
The Senate began consideration last night on the highway bill. At this point, it appears Sunday will be the earliest there will be any Amendments considered.
I have been waiting for clarity on the direction this legislation may be headed. Rather than wait, it is time for you — and your clubs and members — to contact Senator Lee’s office.
Senator Lee: 202-224-5444
Let them know that you are very concerned with the impact his Amendment will have. It will eliminate RTP — a program that every snowmobiler and OHV user pays into every time you fill your sled/ohv. It will have serious consequences to snowmobiling and other OHV programs, not only in Utah but across the country.
The Senate seems to be on track to pass a multiple year Highway Funding Bill. Once they pass the legislation, it will be sent to the House.
Both the Senate and House are on a fast track — they are trying to get out of town for their August recess.
This is also a good time to call your 2 Senators with the same message.
Senator Debbie Stabenow 202-224-4822
Senator Gary Peters 202-224-6221
I am confident that we can get the attention of Senator Lee with your help….but it is going to take action from the grassroots. Make your phone calls!!
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me. Thanks for your efforts!
FYI – You may get voice mail when you call Senator Lee’s office. I did. Simply leave your message along with your contact info.
Ed Klim talks about FOSPAC! (Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee)
Babbitts’s Sport Center in Muskegon, MI wanted to help MSA and Michigan Snowmobiling by donating a New 2014 Arctic Cat Wildcat 4X4 UTV (a four seat side by side) to be used as a fundraiser. With a retail value of over $20,000, the money raised by this raffle will go a long way to help MSEAF continue its goal of safe snowmobiling on Michigan’s Snowmobile Trails!
DNR Reminds Snowmobilers of Sound Decibel Limits
(Press Release provided by MDNR)
MICHIGAN: Conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources remind snowmobilers that state law does have decibel limits for snowmobiles. Noncompliance could damage Michigan’s nationally recognized trail program. Officers in the western Upper Peninsula have been working patrols targeting sound violations in response to numerous complaints from landowners and others who live near snowmobile trails.
Under Michigan law, the muffler on a snowmobile must be in good working order and when in constant operation noise emission cannot exceed the following levels:
- For snowmobiles manufactured after July 1, 1977 and sold or offered for sale in Michigan, 78 decibels at 50 feet, as measured using the 2003 Society of Automotive Engineers standard J192.
- For a stationary snowmobile manufactured after July 1, 1980 and sold or offered for sale in Michigan, 88 decibels at 50 feet, as measured using the 2004 Society of Automotive Engineers standard J2567.
The penalty for violating the sound levels for snowmobiles is a civil infraction, with fines up to $250.
This season, conservation officers on patrols in the western U.P. have issued tickets to numerous snowmobile operators whose sleds have well exceeded the 88-decibel limit, said the DNR’s Sgt. Ryan Aho.
“As a point of comparison, a train whistle at 500 feet is 90 decibels and sustained exposure at that level may result in hearing loss,” Aho said. “We encourage snowmobile operators to properly maintain their machines, and also discourage them from modifications that make sleds louder.”
Snowmobiles that do not comply with Michigan law for noise emission also can hurt the state’s trails program, said Ron Yesney, a recreation specialist with the DNR.
“Half of our snowmobile trails are on private lands and are there at the sole discretion of the landowner, and many pass through communities and very near to homes,” Yesney said. “Snowmobiles that exceed the noise emission levels are often a reason why we lose trail permissions on private land. Riders who modify their machines to make them extra loud jeopardize the enjoyment of our nationally recognized trails for all riders.”
For more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, including current laws and regulations, go to www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
MSEAF “SNOW BUCKS” Raffle
The Michigan Snowmobile Association will once again help with fundraising for the Michigan Snowmobile Education & Advancement Fund (MSEAF).
They have a unique way to maybe win some money for you, and also help them fund their safety and awareness campaigns.
They will have a winner every day of $100 for the entire 2015 year.
They will draw one ticket for each day of the preceding month from the sold ticket stubs. After each draw the stub will be returned to the drawing. The prize will be for $100 for each ticket drawn.
Your number is good for the whole year and eligible to win every day!
REMEMBER THIS DRAWING IS FOR EVERY DAY OF 2015
MSA Board of Directors