Tag: public lands

Israelis, Floridians, and U.S. Air Force Trek into Yellowstone Park by Snowmobile (Jack Welch)

What an Adventure! On Sunday the January 15th I had the opportunity to join a guided group on the trek from West Yellowstone, Montana to Old Faithful. Our guide was Gaylon Tibwell from Yellowstone Arctic and Yamaha Tours, one of ...Read more

Published on February 18, 2012 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News (Christine Jourdain)

Victory for Snowmobilers ACSA partnered with the Michigan Snowmobile Association to fight the efforts of a single person to ban snowmobiling and gun hunting in the Huron Manistee National Forest. This week the Forest Service relased their Record of Decision ...Read more

Published on February 5, 2012 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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Lunenburg Snow Riders: On the Trail and Community

The Lunenburg Snow Riders were featured in a Telegram Towns story titled “Lunenburg Snow Riders: On the trail and in the community” “The Lunenburg Snow Riders is a family-oriented group with a mission of fostering safe and legitimate snowmobiling in ...Read more

Published on January 29, 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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Trail Conference Notes

A few weeks ago we posted a report about the 2011 Massachusetts Trails Conference that was attended by user groups from all over the state. The presentations and notes have been posted online at the DCR website Scroll down to ...Read more

Published on November 29, 2011 in General Announcements, 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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SAM Trail Protection Workshop Nov 9th

Attention SAM clubs: It is vital that you attend the upcoming trail preservation workshops created specifically for you. SAM and the Highland Communities Initiative are teaming up to insure that generations of riders will always enjoy access to snowmobile trails ...Read more

Published on September 10, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Friends of Snowmobiling Supports Recreational Freedom

The Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee (FOSPAC) was initiated by the snowmobile community in response to our desire to continue the family snowmobiling tradition we have created here in the United States. Snowmobiling access is consistently under attack and ...Read more

Published on June 29, 2011 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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DCR Map of Land Designations: Please Attend Meetings!

DCR Releases Draft Map In Anticipation Of Its Second Workshop Series On Landscape Designations For State Properties SAM members are encouraged to attend these very important meetings that will outline public land use and recreation, such as snowmobiling. Meeting dates ...Read more

Published on May 23, 2011 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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DCR to Hold Pittsfield State Forest Forum

The Department of Conservation and Recreation will hold a forum on the master plan for the Pittsfield State Forest area which include snowmobile trail areas such as Wahconah Falls! This plan will spell out what activities are allowed and which ...Read more

Published on April 21, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Urgent Action Needed to Fund Recreational Trails Program!

SAM members need to contact their U.S. Congressman and ask that they support the Recreational Trail Program (RTP). Losing RTP would be disastrous to the clubs that use the program to purchase grooming equipment and fund other projects that improve ...Read more

Published on April 11, 2011 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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SAM Visits Washington D.C.

Henry Burton, Legislative Correspondent for Congressman John Olver, meets with Randy Toth, Legislative Committee Chair for the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts, during a visit to Washington D.C. on March 29, 2011. Randy was discussing the importance of the Recreation Trails ...Read more

Published on March 30, 2011 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News

Spring Shows Scheduled: The Snowmobile Manufacturers have scheduled their spring shows!  Mark your calendars and plan to attend to get a sneak peak at what the 2012 sleds have to offer. Arctic Cat, Polaris and Yamaha will be introducing their ...Read more

Published on March 8, 2011 in General Announcements, National, News & Updates
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DCR Posts Public Comments

DCR has posted all of the written public comments the agency received regarding the Landscape Designation criteria and management guidelines, as part of this fall’s public process. SAM has been encouraging it’s members to keep informed and take part in the ...Read more

Published on February 24, 2011 in General Announcements, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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Organizations! (Larry Tucker)

(The photo above depicts the founding fathers of SAM viewing a new piece of equipment that was purchased to send newsletters to members in 1972.) I hope that by now you have all seen billions of the “white flakes” in ...Read more

Published on January 26, 2011 in Guest Columns, Legislative Affairs, News & Updates
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News from American Council of Snowmobile Associations

ACSA’s 2011 eBay Charity Auction is LIVE! Items are listed and bids are currently being accepted. There are items from gift certificates to lodging to riding gear to a snowmobile trailer. Additional items are being added daily. 100% of the proceeds will go to ACSA ...Read more

Published on January 25, 2011 in Legislative Affairs, National, News & Updates
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DCR’s Forest Plan: Get Involved (Dan Gould)

It is time to comment on the future of our public lands. Don’t wait! Late this past fall the Department of Conservation and Recreation held several public meetings across the state. The Forest Futures Visioning Process workshops were designed to ...Read more

Published on January 18, 2011 in News & Updates, President's Message
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Adams Sno-Drifters Rescue Hikers on Greylock (Dan Gould)

Last Monday’s blizzard dropped about two-feet of snow in the Berkshires and winds in excess of 50mph were reported across the state. Warm and comfortable in bed, Brian Janik, president of the Adams Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club, got a wake-up call ...Read more

Published on January 2, 2011 in General Announcements, News & Updates, Safety
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DCR Parks & Forests: Selection Criteria and Management Guidelines

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has posted a draft document, Landscape Designations for DCR Parks & Forests: Selection Criteria and Management Guidelines.  SAM members should take the time to review the document and understand how it will effect ...Read more

Published on December 12, 2010 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Please Attend DCR’s Forest Futures Visioning Meetings

SAM members and clubs are urged to attend and participate in the DCR’s Forest Futures Visioning Process which will outline the future of recreation opportunities on public land in MA (see schedule below). It’s important that the DCR is aware ...Read more

Published on November 7, 2010 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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They’re After Your Access (Kim Raap)

Have you heard of the Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA)? It describes itself as a national ‘human-powered winter sports’ group and therefore promotes access for backcountry/cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It exists to spin the truth about snowmobiles and is headquartered in ...Read more

Published on November 7, 2010 in Guest Columns, News & Updates
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