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How was your summer? For me the summer has been cool. The board has purchased a new Tucker for the SnoTrail Association, for grooming, approved the budget for 2014-2015, approved items for legislation, and approved the awards and the signs.
The 2014 SND Snowmobile Convention will be in Minot ND at the Grand International Hotel. I hope you will be able to attend. This year the Secretary position is open for the SND board. If you are interested please contact a board member or the SND staff. If you would like to be more involved with snowmobiling the secretary is a great place to start.
This year I had a great opportunity to go to a NOHVCC (National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council) Conference in Montana. I listened to representatives from other states talk about the challenges with the RTP program, Transportation Alternatives Program and the Buy America Provision. One of the sessions I attended was about how to successfully get volunteers and agencies to work together on projects and completing them. Another session was about the 6 signs that IASA adopted for snowmobile trails and how to implement them on OHV trails. I attended a session that was a panel discussion. We talked about how to change the negative media to being positive and how to have volunteers be your eyes and ears with the public. The US Forest Service is working with Missoula Technology Center to do a study on the impacts of ATV’s AND ROV’s on a 50 inch trail. Other sessions I attended were about how successful other states have been with designing new trails and designing new training centers for OHV’s. Rider X talked about the new updates on the Polaris Mapping App. I also had the opportunity to ride an ATV and a ROV on a working ranch. I learned how to build a trail that will not erode the land and build it so the public will enjoy the trail and keep coming back. By attending the conference I will be able to take the information I learned and bring it to the snowmobiling community. I would like to thank ND Parks and Recreation for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank Yamaha, Polaris, Honda, Arctic Cart and the friends and families of NOHVCC and other agencies that made it possible to have conference attendees able to ride ATV’s and ROV’s. The conference was very educational and I will be able to bring this information to North Dakota.
I hope to see you at the convention in Minot.