Tag: environment

Timber Harvesting and Snowmobile Trails in Massachusetts

Timber Harvesting and Snowmobile Trails in Massachusetts By Randy Toth Mention the word logging today and many people immediately assume the worst. They envision “clear-cut” logging – cutting down every tree in sight for miles around. The Department of Conservation ...Read more

Published on January 11, 2017 in Environment, In The News, News & Updates
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2016 Recreational Trails Program

The Baker-Polito Administration announced the awarding of 30 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants for projects in local communities throughout the state totaling $1,052,985. The RTP grants, ranging from $500 to $100,000 depending on the scope of the project, serve as ...Read more

Published on September 24, 2016 in Awards, News & Updates
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Wemotaci: The Hydrogen Snowmobile Concept

The Wemotaci is new generation of snowmobile that would burn hydrogen instead of gasoline. The Wemotaci’s modified 888 cc two-stroke engine would produce over 144hp without polluting the atmosphere with carbon monoxide. The concept vehicle is featured at Imaginactive. The Background ...Read more

Published on July 30, 2016 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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SAM Partners with Land Trust to Protect Trail in Northfield

One of the most important north-south snowmobile trail corridors in Northfield is one step closer to permanent protection thanks to a partnership between landowners Bill and Nancy Ames, the Northfield Snowmobile Club, the Town of Northfield, Mount Grace Land Conservation ...Read more

Published on January 6, 2016 in Environment, News & Updates
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Matthew A. Beaton, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Snowmobiles

Matthew A. Beaton, the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEA), snowmobiles with key members of the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts and the Harvard Snowmobile Club. Tony Shaw, a SAM Board of Director and President of the Harvard Snowmobile ...Read more

Published on March 10, 2015 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Snowmobilers Rescue Moose

Three snowmobilers rescue a moose on December 28 after an avalanche on an Alaska mountain buried it alive. The Alaska Dispatch News reports that three Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents spotted the animal’s snout sticking out of the snow and used shovels ...Read more

Published on January 3, 2015 in In The News, News & Updates
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New Trend for Land and Snowmobile Trails (Larry Tucker)

This is the time of year to get our trails cleaned and ready for the coming snowmobile season. The trail crews for all the clubs are out there working on our most important asset – our trails. My club has ...Read more

Published on November 28, 2014 in Environment, Guest Columns, News & Updates
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Recreational Trails Program

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) accepts applications for Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grants on an annual basis. The next deadline for all RTP grants is February 1st, 2015. Only application materials delivered or post-marked by February 1st ...Read more

Published on October 2, 2014 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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2014 Massachusetts Trails Conference

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in partnership with the Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board (MARTAB) presents the 2014 Massachusetts Trails Conference to be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center in ...Read more

Published on September 30, 2014 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Committee To Plan National Forest Designation

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments has contacted 20 communities, requesting that the town Select Boards appoint a representative to the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee to study the National Forest Designation. The deadline is July 25, 2014. There are ...Read more

Published on June 29, 2014 in Environment, National, News & Updates
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Chainsaw Safety for Trail Volunteers

Chainsaw Safety for Trail Volunteers, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, June 21st and 22nd, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm both days. Ten spaces are available for the chainsaw training course funded by the RTP. This two day class is designed for ...Read more

Published on June 14, 2014 in Education, News & Updates
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DCR Releases Volunteer in Parks Program Guide

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation releases their new Volunteer in the Parks Program Guide policy “with an opportunity to achieve the goal of standardizing and simplifying the process for proposing, reviewing, and conducting all volunteer activities – whether ...Read more

Published on May 2, 2014 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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SAE Snowmobile Challenge 2014 Winners Announced (video)

The 15th Annual SAE Snowmobile Challenge was held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI on March 4-8, 2014. This year 17 Universities registered for the event. The members of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association – Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris ...Read more

Published on March 12, 2014 in Education, Environment, News & Updates
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National Forest Designation Public Meetings

Do you support or oppose land being designated as National Forest in Massachusetts? There is a proposal by the state and the U.S. Forest Service that would provide federal funds to expand forestry activities on privately owned land. Those lands ...Read more

Published on February 10, 2014 in General Announcements, National, News & Updates
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EPA Considers Lowering Ethanol E-15 Production

An earlier post concerning E-15 ethanol fuel outlined that the EPA had not approved the blended gas for use in Snowmobiles. This followed concerns by the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association requesting proper scientific testing of E-15 before being introduced into ...Read more

Published on January 28, 2014 in Environment, In The News, News & Updates
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Snowmobiles and Land Partnerships in Massachusetts (Larry Tucker)

The Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts has worked to create an awareness of SAM among public and private land agencies. Over the last couple of years SAM has established relationships with land trusts, has partnered with a land trust to purchase ...Read more

Published on January 26, 2014 in Guest Columns, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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1970s Global Cooling (video)

The debate of climate change, not long ago termed Global Warming, rages on. We’ve heard arguments from both sides and it’s safe to say that the yelling and screaming will go on for some time. If you’re a fan of ...Read more

Published on January 6, 2014 in Environment, News & Updates
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Snowmobile Trails Damaged By Illegal Use

An open letter from the Florida Mountaineers Snowmobile Club. Our Club experienced a very disturbing incident on Sunday, December, 1, 2013. At approximately 2:30 PM, our club president’s cell phone started ringing off the hook from various landowners stating that ...Read more

Published on December 13, 2013 in Guest Columns, In The News, News & Updates
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Snowmobile Trail Protection Fund Launched (Dan Gould)

The importance of trail preservation and land conservation were outlined last month in this space. As I said then, snowmobile trails are a priority. It’s understandable how land sales have negatively impacted our trail system and are only going to ...Read more

Published on December 1, 2013 in News & Updates, President's Message
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Massachusetts Trails Conference (Larry Tucker)

While this past summer did have its hot spells, overall it was real nice with beautiful weather. I hope everyone was able to enjoy some cookouts, camping, the beach and some parties. While we put our sleds away for the ...Read more

Published on November 4, 2013 in Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Comment on Yellowstone Proposed Rule for Winter Use

SITUATION The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the release of a Proposed Rule concerning winter use inYellowstone National Park for public review and comment. This rulemaking process is in addition to the Final Winter Use Plan/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement ...Read more

Published on June 14, 2013 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates, Snowmobile Travel
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Small Streams and Impacts of Sub-Standard Crossings

Alison Dixon of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) was the guest speaker at the October SAM meeting. Alison spoke of the importance of Small Streams and the impacts of sub-standard crossings for habitat. Knowing that SAM members spend a great ...Read more

Published on October 17, 2012 in Environment, News & Updates
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American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News (Christine Jourdain)

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 ...Read more

Published on March 27, 2012 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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ACSA Fly-In to Washington DC (Randy Toth)

SAM President Dan Gould and Legislative Chairman Randy Toth attended the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) annual Washington DC Fly-In from March 17 through March 20, 2012. To be more accurate we actually went via AMTRAK. On Sunday the ...Read more

Published on March 25, 2012 in Guest Columns, Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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SAE Snowmobile Challenge 2012 – A Great Success! (Ed Klim) (video)

Clarkson University of Potsdam, NY, captured first place in the 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, which drew to a close March 10 at Michigan Technological University. Kettering University, of Flint, placed second, with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville earning third place ...Read more

Published on March 15, 2012 in In The News, News & Updates
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A Community's Passion for a Sport (Melissa Allard) (video)

Many of you have seen me running around with my camera at various SAM events over the past season. For those who don’t know me, I’m a born-and-raised snowmobiler from the Berkshires. Growing up, the Snow Seekers were like my ...Read more

Published on January 12, 2012 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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State Buys Forest Land for $8.8M

A 5.4-square-mile forest in Leverett and Shutesbury will be protected from development through a land conservation restriction announced today by state officials who called it the largest of its kind in Massachusetts history. The Brushy Mountain land restriction will protect ...Read more

Published on December 24, 2011 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates
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American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News (Christine Jourdain)

The American Council of Snowmobile Associations eBay Auction closes soon: Don’t forget to check out the ACSA eBay Auction, all items will close out in a few hours and will be shipped in time for Christmas! DC Fly-In Dates Mark ...Read more

Published on December 20, 2011 in National, News & Updates
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First Annual Massachusetts Trails Conference

This past Saturday, November 14, the First Annual Massachusetts Trails Conference was held. Over one hundred trail enthusiast attended the day-long event presented by The Massachusetts Recreational Trail Advisory Board (MARTAB) in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation ...Read more

Published on November 14, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts Requests Assistance

SAM clubs clearing trails are probably finding many downed trees and limbs due to the October Nor’easter and Hurricane Irene. The Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts are requesting assistance in identifying obstructed fire roads and emergency access points in the ...Read more

Published on November 5, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates, Safety
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