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Hi ev­ery­one,

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.

Pres­i­dent

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