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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!
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