• American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News

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    Jan 20, 2012

    RTP Update
    The future of RTP is bleak. This is not new news to you – RTP has been extended a number of times during the past several months. It was last extended through March 31st.

    There is a national effort that is currently being coordinated and we – the snowmobile community — will participate. This national effort will be a rolling schedule, where snowmobilers will be “assigned” a week to make contact with their legislators, and other groups will be “assigned” other times. This schedule is currently being developed. As soon as it is completed, we will let you know our dates – and will also provide you with some talking points in advance, as well as reminders closer to the assigned time.

    You may be contacted by other groups to make contact immediately. I would respectfully ask that you hold off until our assigned time. Some of the national groups are not participating in this effort, but many of us believe this is a good strategy.

    It is our hope that this type of rolling schedule will spread the contacts over a several week period, and they will hear from a variety of users during that time.

    Winter Wildlands Alliance
    As you know, the WWA, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to”promoting and preserving winter wildlands and quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands”. They work endlessly to do everything they can to force the Forest Service to severely restrict or eliminate our use.

    You may recall the WWA petitioned the Forest Service a couple of years ago challenging the Travel Management Rule, specifically the over-snow vehicle (OSV) exclusion. You may recall that over-snow use was treated differently than summer uses for good reasons; we have different impacts. Last year at our Fly-In the Forest Service announced their response to the Petition, which upheld the OSV exclusion. That did not work so now they are trying in the courts.

    In late November, the WWA filed a lawsuit against the Forest Service in Idaho challenging the Travel Management Rule and the OSV exclusion. In early November, the WWA filed a lawsuit against the Forest Service in California challenging the environmental impacts of the OSV Program and not conducting NEPA analysis.

    ACSA is partnering with the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and will petition for intervener status in that case. ACSA is working with ISMA on the California case and plans to petition to intervene when appropriate. Other groups will also seek to intervene. ACSA will continue to work on behalf of the snowmobile community to protect snowmobile use on public lands. The decision in both of these cases will impact the use of snowmobiles on National Forest lands across the country.

    It costs WWA virtually nothing to file these lawsuits. It will be very expensive to defend against those that do not want snowmobiles on the National Forests. That is why we are asking for your support. Please take a few minutes to write a check to preserve our way of snowmobile recreation. All contributions to ACSA and ISSA will go directly to defending these lawsuits and not into any administration. For additional information, please contact the ACSA office at 517-351-4362 or Sandra Mitchell at ISSA 208-424-3870.

    Contributions can be sent to ACSA Legal Action, 271 Woodland Pass, East Lansing, MI 48823 or the ISSA Snowmobile Defense Fund, 10400 Overland Road, Boise, ID 83616.

    DC Fly-In
    Please join us at our Annual DC Fly-In. The dates are March 17-20, 2012.

    We will hold Chapter and ACSA meetings on Sunday, March 18. Monday, March 19 will be speakers from the agencies and the Hill updating us on various hot topics. Tuesday, March 20, you will visit with the elected officials from your state. There are many challenges facing us and this is a huge political year. We do hope you can join us! Registration Forms can be found at www.snowmobilers.org

    Ebay Auction
    Many thanks to all of the participants in the Ebay Auction!! Your participation is greatly appreciated. Your participation, from contributing to bidding to buying made the Ebay Auction a successful fundraiser. Thanks again to the many companies that contributed product! http://snowmobilers.org/ebay-auction-2012-thank-you.asp We have a few items that arrived too late to be listed in December. Those items will be listed in another small auction soon.

    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. Report by Christine Jourdain, ACSA executive director.

    Phone: 517-351-4362 www.snowmobilers.org American Council of Snowmobile Associations, 271 Woodland Pass, East Lansing, MI 48823

    5 Responses to “American Council of Snowmobile Associations E-News”

    1. slowride says:

      ….What is ‘RTP’?

      • admin says:

        The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Federal transportation funds benefit recreation including hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

        The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.

        Read a post from last year.

    2. unclefreddy says:

      good question…

    3. unclefreddy says:

      Google says its Recreational Trail Program.

    4. sledmass says:

      The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Federal transportation funds benefit recreation including hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

      The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks.

      SAM clubs use the program to purchase grooming equipment and fund other projects that improve trails in our community. Remember, a portion of the gas tax you pay while recreating on a snowmobile is returned to our state for trail projects, via RTP.

      Use the search box on the sledmass website to read past posts about RTP.

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