American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News (Christine Jourdain)
Published on March 27, 2012 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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Snowmobilers on Capitol Hill
Snowmobilers from 20 states (including SAM members) were in Washington, DC March 17-20 to “Tell the Truth About Snowmobiling.” This is the 13th Annual Snowmobile Fly-In.

Sunday was a day for meetings! The Western and Midwest Chapters held meetings, and ACSA held a Board of Directors meeting.

Monday was the day for updates from legislative offices and from the agencies. We had staff from both the House and Senate address the group, as well representatives from the Federal Highway Administration, Department of Interior and the Forest Service. In addition we heard from our partners from the American Motorcyclists Association and the Rails to Trails Conservancy, as well as attorney Bill Horn and the Romney Campaign.

On Tuesday the snowmobilers took their message to Capitol Hill. There were over 200 legislative visits made by the snowmobilers promoting organized snowmobiling. They discussed the importance of RTP Funding, Federal Land Access Issues and Congressional and Regulatory Issues.

Way to go snowmobilers! Thanks to the State Associations for participating in this very important and worthwhile event!

Awards: Now Is The Time To Nominate!
When was the last time your volunteers received national recognition for their dedication, support, ideas, passion and their never-ending time and energy? When was the last time one or your trail projects received national recognition?

Snowmobile volunteers engage in so many programs and projects that have a positive, measurable impact on the economy and/or our collective quality of life. ACSA wants to bring some well-deserved attention to those initiatives through our Annual Awards Program, honoring the individuals that make beneficial contributions to organized snowmobiling on a local, state, national or international level.

ACSA’s Annual Awards Program honors the Snowmobiler, Snowmobile Family and Dealer that have shown outstanding involvement and commitment to organized snowmobiling and are constantly striving to make snowmobiling better. These types of individuals not only deserve the national recognition, but also serve as role models and mentors to the other volunteers.

The nomination form is easy to complete and can be found here, http://snowmobilers.org/resources.asp. The deadline for submissions is April 15th.

Coalition for Recreational Trails – Recreational Trail Program Achievement Awards: This program recognizes outstanding trail projects across the country that were funded with Recreational Trails Program funds. Remember, RTP is funded through the Highway Bill with the federal gas tax dollars we pay every time we gas our snowmobiles or other off highway vehicles.

RTP supports motorized, non-motorized and multiple use trails. These funds have been instrumental to many projects across the country and now is the time to recognize those efforts. Your state probably has many projects that could and should be nominated for the quality of trail experiences that are available to the public. Please take the time to nominate them.

There are many categories of awards, from design to maintenance to multiple use/sharing to education. In fact, your project may fit into more than one category which is even better. On the nomination form, check all that apply!

The nomination form is easy to complete and can be found, http://snowmobilers.org/press_release_article.asp?prid=126, the deadline is March 31st but if you need additional time, please let me know.

Take time to recognize both your Volunteers and your Trail Projects. A little recognition goes a long way!

RTP Update… the latest
The Senate passed the Highway Bill, which included the crucial amendment sponsored by Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota on March 13. Senator Klobuchar’s amendment restored the dedicated funding, but does contain an “opt out” clause which will allow the Governor of each state to make the final decision.

The House legislation passed the committee about two months ago, but has yet to see any floor action. It does not appear the House will act on the Senate legislation at this time.

As of last week, it appeared the House was ready to offer a 90-day extension of the Highway Bill which take it through June 30.

Thanks to all of the snowmobilers that have contacted their Senators and Representatives every time you were asked! You made a difference and will no doubt be called on to make those contacts again. Keep up the good work!

Register for ISC
ISC 2012 June 5-9, 2012, Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, Sturbridge, MA

REGISTER BEFORE APRIL 1st and SAVE!
ISC registration is $250 until April 1st, after that it increases to $275+. Hotel rooms are still $99 a night. Reserve rooms ASAP, there aren’t many vacancies.

For more information please go to:
ISC Info: http://www.sledmass.com/pages.php?id=44
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalSnowmobileCongress

The American Council of Snowmobile Associations is your voice for snowmobiling on national issues. Please contact the ACSA office with any comments, suggestions or questions. Phone: 517-351-4362 www.snowmobilers.org American Council of Snowmobile Associations | 271 Woodland Pass | East Lansing | MI | 48823


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