Sunday
Mar122017

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

Thank you to everyone who responded to our alert and took the time to contact their legislators! The hearing on the bills was held yesterday, and the result was all good for snowmobiling.
LD-483, "An Act To Improve Enforcement of Snowmobile Noise Levels," Was approved by the IF&W Committee right after the public hearing and is now on to the full Legislature where it is virtually assured of passage.
LD-506, "An Act To Allow Reciprocal Recognition of New Hampshire and Maine Snowmobile Registrations, " The IF&W Committee worked the bill after the public hearing and has agreed to kill it. They will have another discussion on issues that are unrelated to reciprocity, but for all practical purposes this issue is dead.
Your voices are what made the difference.
Every member of the Committee told me that they heard you loud and clear. Thank you for your efforts to help keep snowmobiling thriving in Maine.
Remember - United we trail, divided we fail.

 

 

Wednesday
Mar082017

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

 

LEGISLATIVE ALERT
Please contact Legislators now!
Contact information at the bottom of this alert
On Thursday March 9 at 1:00 pm the Legislature's Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee will be holding a public hearing on two snowmobile bills. It is important that you contact Committee members and your own legislators.
SUPPORT LD-483, "An Act To Improve Enforcement of Snowmobile Noise Levels," was submitted by Rep. Jeff Timberlake at our request. It would require that any snowmobile exhaust manufactured 2007 or later be unaltered and have a SSCC seal affixed to it. Altered or exhausts without the seal would be considered to be in violation of the state's 78 db sound requirement. This would enable law enforcement to quickly determine if a sled is in compliance without using a decibel meter.
TALKING POINTS:
Noisy sleds are causing trail closures in many in-town areas across the state.
The current decibel meter enforcement is inefficient and subject to too many variables.
OPPOSE LD-506, "An Act To Allow Reciprocal Recognition of New Hampshire and Maine Snowmobile Registrations, " is sponsored by Sen. David Woodsome of York County. This bill would reinstate reciprocal registrations with New Hampshire that was eliminated by the Legislature in 2001. It would have a disastrous effect on the Snowmobile Trail Fund, Capital Equipment Program and IF&W. On average almost $300,000 of program funding per year would be lost, resulting in cuts to club and municipal grants statewide.
TALKING POINTS:
Maine’s 14,000 mile snowmobile trail system is maintained almost exclusively by volunteers.
The Maine Snowmobile Program is funded entirely by user fees – snowmobile registrations and a small portion of the state gas tax. Under the program rules, clubs can receive reimbursement for up to 70% of their allowable costs to maintain their trail systems, subject to available funding. In reality, the average reimbursement is about 50%. Clubs are required to raise the additional funds they need locally.
Registration reciprocity with New Hampshire was eliminated by the 120th Legislature in 2001. It was not a unique case. Between 1995 (when non-resident registrations were enacted) and 2001, registration reciprocity had been ended with a dozen other states.
During the winter of 2015-16 (a poor year) non-resident registrations from New Hampshire added over $263,000 to the Snowmobile Trail Fund. This is the equivalent of 60 fully-funded club trail grants. It also funded the Capital Equipment Grant Program ion the amount of $13,975 – this leveraged almost $35,000 in club equipment purchases.
New Hampshire claims 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails statewide, although the state is almost cut in half due to terrain and the White Mountain National Forest, making connectivity difficult. In fact, Maine passed special legislation to allow New Hampshire riders to use ITS-80 in Evans Notch without a registration because it is the only way they can travel south-north on the eastern border of their state.
New Hampshire only offers a season registration for $86/$116 (club member/non-member) Maine non-resident Maine offers non-residents a 3-day for $49, 10-day for $75, and a season registration for $99. Maine offers a higher quality product at a lower price. Maine residents who may wish to take a short trip to New Hampshire are forced to pay a high rate to do so.
Hundreds of businesses serve snowmobilers statewide and benefit from the terrific trails that Maine clubs produce. The businesses do a great job, but most of them realize that what is driving traffic to them is the opportunity to ride our world-class trails. If clubs were forced to club back their operations due to a lack of funding, their businesses would suffer.
Please contact members of the IF&W Committee and your own Legislators NOW and ask them to SUPPORT LD-483 and OPPOSE LD-506
Members of the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee
Maine State Senators
Maine State Representatives
Or you can leave a voice mail message for your legislator toll-free:
House - 1-800-423-2900
Senate - 1-800-423-6900
Thank you in advance for your help. Keep following the alerts as we track these bills through the legislative process.

 

 

Friday
Oct142016

MSA Alert - Annual Trails Workshop Saturday October 22

To All on the Alert List:
The Annual Snowmobile Program/MSA Trails Workshop will be Saturday, October 22 at the Augusta Civic Center From 9:30 am until noon.
This will be the only trails workshop in Maine this year, and with significant changes in some of the grant programs this year it is important for club trail masters and municipal grant administrators to attend.
Speakers will include:
Joe Higgins – Snowmobile Program on trail funding and capital equipment grants
Cpl. Rick Laflamme – Landowner Relations Coordinator, IF&W
Bob Meyers, MSA - on Liability Insurance
Paula Jackson Jones – Midcoast Lyme Disease Prevention
Jon Roebuck – Life Flight of Maine on Landing Zones
The workshop is taking place during the Maine Snowmobile Show and there will be a number of groomer manufacturers and dealers in attendance so you can also check out the latest equipment. Clubs can also pick up their sign orders provided that they are received at the Snowmobile Program by Friday, Oct. 14.
See you at the Trails Workshop!

Saturday
Oct082016

Annual Land Owner Dinner

Date is set for Oct 29th.

Note the time difference.

4 PM social hour and dinner at 5 PM.

Invites are in the mail.

Tuesday
Aug162016

MSA Club Alert - August Directors Meeting, Membership Packages

To All on the Alert List:
You wouldn’t know it from the weather, but fall is right around the corner and it’s almost time to get ready for another snowmobile season.
The August MSA Directors Meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Waterville Elks Lodge 76 Industrial St. in Waterville
2016-17 MEMBERSHIP PACKETS WILL BE READY FOR PICKUP
Social Hour 5:00, Dinner ($14) 6:00 and the meeting following.
The reservation deadline is the end of the day Weds. Aug. 17.
207-622-6983 or msa@mesnow.com
Please let us know if you are coming even if you’re not having dinner so that we can bring your club's membership packet to the meeting for you.
We’ll also have Super Raffle 2016 tickets and posters available
Have a good weekend and hope to see you there!



Maine Snowmobile Association
PO Box 80, Augusta ME 04332
www.mesnow.com
msa@mesnow.com
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