Michigan Trails Legislative Day – Tuesday, April 28th
Michigan Trails Legislative Day – Tuesday, April 28th
Michigan’s policymakers are frequently unaware of the scenic quality and/or sheer number of trails that Michigan has to offer, and the tremendous benefits they bring to the health and economy of our state. As advocates we are continually trying to improve and grow Michigan’s trail systems, but we need to keep our state’s decisionmakers abreast of what we now have and our vision and needs for the future. That is why we are inviting trail users and advocates from all types of trails to attend Michigan Trails Legislative Day on Tuesday, April 28th at the State Capitol from 8:30 to 3 p.m. We will share the good news and needs of Michigan trails with legislators and staff, unite and network with the entire Michigan trails community, and learn the latest in trail policy issues and developments.
The morning’s activities will consist of a brief introduction followed by participant’s pre-scheduled appointments with state representatives. A luncheon at noon will feature officials from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to update us on statewide trail happenings. Meetings with state senators will happen in the afternoon until 3 p.m. The event requires a $12 registration fee by April 3, 2015. Register online
Michigan Trails Legislative Day Partners
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.
SAE Snowmobile Challenge 2015 Winners Announced
Haslett, MI, MARCH 10, 2015: The 16th Annual SAE Snowmobile Challenge was held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI from March 3-7, 2015. This year 21 teams from the US and Canada and one from Finland participated in the weeklong event. The members of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association: Arctic Cat, Bombardier Recreational Products, Polaris, and Yamaha were proud Gold-level sponsor of the event. Representatives from the Manufacturers were involved in the event and supported the skilled students participating from the Universities and Colleges from around the world.
The University of Wisconsin – Madison bested the tough competition and was announced the winner of the Internal Combustion Engine Division. The second spot for the overall competition went to Kettering University from Flint, MI.
The competition featured a new Diesel Utility category where North Dakota State took first place. The diesel category is new this year and was created as diesel sleds have different characteristics than gasoline sleds and there is growing demand for snowmobile use in the agricultural and hard work categories that would use diesel power. Second place in the Diesel category was awarded to SUNY -Buffalo.
The Finnish team of students from Lapland University of Applied Sciences celebrated their first year as the top Zero-Emissions team!
Michigan Tech University has hosted the Snowmobile Challenge for the past 13 years and experienced a beautiful snowy winter with temperatures solidly in the freezing range providing ideal conditions for the SAE Collegiate Design competition.
Building off successes from previous years, a record-setting 11 teams completed the 100 mile endurance run to Copper Mountain.
In addition to engineers and other supporting groups, the United States Forest Service is very supportive of the Challenge. Forest Service representatives believe that the snowmobile industry and clubs have made great strides, and this partnership with the Snowmobile Challenge is a great opportunity for the students to help move forward in a partnership.
The SAE Snowmobile Challenge includes such activities as:
- Endurance Run from Houghton, MI to Copper Harbor, MI
- Technical presentations on emissions and design parameters
- Subjective handling event
- Acceleration Test
- Scientific testing of emission levels and sound levels.
Plans are underway for the 2016 Challenge which will again be held at Michigan Tech beginning March 7, 2016. The snowmobile manufacturers will work with the Michigan Tech planning team in helping design event activities and more.
The competition amongst the Universities and the quality of the products produced continues to improve and the overall competition is getting more challenging each year.
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