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Hi ev­ery­one,

I hope ev­ery­one en­joyed the con­ven­tion. The Gas­mann Coulee Cruis­ers did a great job! Many peo­ple had ques­tions in ref­er­ence to the items SND and NDPRD are bring­ing to the 2015 leg­is­la­tion. The board is hav­ing a meet­ing in De­cem­ber to dis­cuss the items be­fore leg­is­la­tion starts. Please keep in touch with the board mem­bers, so you know what is go­ing on.

I was read­ing a book called Facts and Myths About Snow­mo­bil­ing and Win­ter Trails, pub­lished by Amer­i­can Coun­cil of Snow­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tions. There are many peo­ple in the world that be­lieve snow­mo­biles are hurt­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and they are try­ing to ban them from Na­tional Parks, etc. - Did you know that a snow­mo­bile ex­erts .5 pounds of pres­sure per square inch, an all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle ex­erts 1.5 pounds of pres­sure per square inch, a man hik­ing ex­erts 5 pounds of pres­sure per square inch, a horse 8 pounds per square inch and a four­wheel drive ve­hi­cle ex­erts 30 pounds of pres­sure per square inch. I am sure you are won­der­ing what does this means; it means there is no im­pact on the soil or veg­e­ta­tion from snow­mo­bil­ing. - Peo­ple have stated that snow­mo­biles leave oil, gas and other con­tam­i­nants on the snow, which con­tam­i­nates the aquatic sys­tem. There have been many stud­ies on the im­pact of the aquatic sys­tem through­out the coun­try. Once the re­sults were in, it showed the volatile or­ganic com­pound con­cen­tra­tions were well be­low the EPA cri­te­ria. This means snow­mo­biles have lit­tle ef­fect on the en­vi­ron­ment.

- The next thing peo­ple say is that snow­mo­biles are too loud. Did you know that snow­mo­biles built af­ter 1975 have a sound level of 78 deci­bels and it would take 256 snow­mo­biles op­er­at­ing wide open to have a sound level of 102 deci­bels. Here are a few more ex­am­ples of sound lev­els: leaves rustling 40-deci­bels, dish­washer 60-deci­bels, vac­uum cleaner 80-deci­bels, lawn mower 85-deci­bels, blow dryer 100-deci­bels, car horn 110-deci­bels, and 75-piece orches­tra 130-deci­bels.

- The last thing I will talk about is the im­pact snow­mo­bil­ing has on wildlife. Af­ter nu­mer­ous stud­ies with all kinds of wildlife it showed snow­mo­bil­ing has no sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on the wildlife pop­u­la­tion. The study also showed peo­ple on foot and cross-coun­try skiers dis­turb more wildlife species than snow­mo­biles do.

- I be­lieve mo­tor­ized and non­mo­tor­ized recre­ation­ists need to work to­gether on multi-use trails and back coun­try.

Re­mem­ber, peo­ple who are in­volved in the out­doors are hap­pier and health­ier.

Be safe and tread lightly.

Wow! The past cou­ple of weeks have been a whirl­wind and I fore­see the next few weeks will be the same. The an­nual con­ven­tion has wrapped up and I want to say thank you to ev­ery­one that took the time to at­tend. I know at times it can seem like we ask a lot for all of you to pack up and travel across the state to spend a cou­ple days chat­ting snow. Just re­mem­ber, it’s im­por­tant for us to all get to­gether. It’s a time when new ideas can be shared, busi­ness can be dis­cussed and fun can be had. I of­ten feel like we for­get the num­ber one rea­son we all got in­volved to be­gin with; and that my friends is to have fun! It was great see­ing ev­ery­one and we ap­pre­ci­ate your in­put. And ev­ery­body “One Clap” for the Gas­mann Coulee Cruis­ers for host­ing an out­stand­ing event!

Please re­mem­ber SND is now of­fer­ing on­line trail sign­ing and trail grub­bing cour­ses to main­tain cur­rent cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. A few of you have taken the time to take the class, please call or email us with feed­back. This will help us make it bet­ter in the fu­ture and also de­velop a po­ten­tial groom­ing course.

And don’t for­get Ama­zon Smile and Shop.com/ snow­mo­bile. Both of th­ese amaz­ing com­pa­nies sup­port Snow­mo­bile North Dakota and help with fundrais­ing ef­forts. So ev­ery time you shop on­line, ask your­self if you can help by mak­ing a pur­chase through th­ese sites.

SND is host­ing once again its an­nual raf­fle. There are 1,000 tick­ets and 5 cash prizes to­tal­ing $10,000. Tick­ets are $20 and the club that sells the most tick­ets will re­ceive $1,000. Con­tact the of­fice if you are in­ter­ested in tick­ets.

The week of Novem­ber 17th, SND and the NDPRD went on the road to host re­gional trail meet­ings. Thank you for at­tend­ing th­ese meet­ings and help­ing di­rect the 2015 Leg­isla­tive Cam­paign. Please re­mem­ber to con­tinue reach­ing out to SND if you have lo­cal leg­is­la­tors will­ing to help spon­sor the or­ga­ni­za­tions bills.

So the rea­son I have been on the run is I was asked to be a spe­cial guest at the South Dakota Snow­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual con­ven­tion this past week­end in Dead­wood, SD. I was very im­pressed with the at­ten­dance, ven­dor dis­plays and ac­tiv­i­ties. I ac­tu­ally ques­tioned why SND is strug­gling to find snow­mo­bile clubs in­ter­ested in host­ing this event. I fig­ure if SD’s con­ven­tion can be suc­cess­ful, so can ND’s! If you have sug­ges­tions, please con­tact me so we can help make this bet­ter for the fu­ture. I have some ideas and I prom­ise I’ll share them with the Board of Di­rec­tors.

In the last is­sue of the mag­a­zine we marked a spe­cial edi­tion rec­og­niz­ing many sec­tors of this won­der­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion. Well guess what! We ran out of room! So each month till the end of the sea­son, I plan to high­light one more sec­tion to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for your ded­i­ca­tion and con­tinue cel­e­brat­ing our 40th An­niver­sary! Cheers to an amaz­ing 40 years and raise your glasses to many more! See you on the snow!

For with­out lead­ers, there is no guid­ance and di­rec­tion. Th­ese out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als have ded­i­cated their time to go above and be­yond to keep

Snow­mo­bile North Dakota mov­ing to­wards con­tin­ued suc­cess. “If your ac­tions in­spire oth­ers to dream more, learn more, do more and

be­come more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams

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