Snowmobile Ban Unravels

Snowmobile Ban Unravels

Post by Viki Egge » Thu, 27 Jul 2000 04:00:00


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Snowmobile Ban Unravels - Park Service Retreats As Public Outcry
Continues and
Bipartisan Congressional Opposition Grows

Pocatello, ID, July 26, 2000 Growing public concern and bipartisan
congressional disapproval over the National Park Services April
announcement banning snowmobiles from most National Parks has forced
the National Park Service to re-think its unpopular decision.

On July 17th, during debate on the Senate floor of the Interior
Appropriations bill that funds the service, Senate Democratic Leader
Tom Daschle (D-SD) and
Sen. Baucus (D-MT) declared their opposition to an outright ban on
snowmobiles, forcing Secretary of the Interior to commit to a full
rulemaking
process before any action is taken.

"By carefully managing the parks, I believe that we can provide this
access
(to snowmobiles) in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of the
environment and to those who go to public lands in search of solitude
and
quiet," Daschle said in addressing the issue on the Senate floor.  "I
believe
that it is critical for the agency to review a variety of options for
managing snowmobiles and to ensure a full opportunity for public
comment."

"I don't think we need an outright ban, " said Sen. Baucus, "I believe
we can
protect the park and its wildlife in other ways."

As the National Parks Service saw support for its unilateral, outright
ban
dematerialize, the agency scrambled to back out of an increasingly
uncomfortable position.  Former assistant secretary of Interior for
fish and wildlife and parks Donald Barry announced the ban on April
27th, ignoring the fact that recent scientific studies have  proven
that snowmobiles can and have been improved to address noise and
emission concerns. Barry has since announced his intention to leave
Interior to become Executive Director of The Wilderness Society.

Im not going to even speculate on what the ban and Mister Barrys
new job might have in common. Said Viki Eggers, Public Relations
consultant for the BlueRibbon Coalition. Im just going to be
grateful that folks who want to enjoy their National Parks from a
snowmobile will have the opportunity to at least take part in the
decision-making.

In a letter to Senator Daschle, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit
said, "the National Park Service has not made any final decisions on
what changes to make in the snowmobile use
that is allowed in national parks, and any decisions we make will be
made
following public comment and compliance with other requirements for
agency
rulemakingUntil a new rulemaking is completed, the existing rule on
snowmobile use in the national parks remains in effect."

We are pleased to see that the Department of the Interior recognizes
that it is not above the law. Said Eggers. The law says that John Q.
Public must have the opportunity to participate in these important
decisions over management of the peoples parks. This blanket ban
nearly circumvented that public process. Were heartened to know that
our agency employees have realized that.

The BlueRibbon Coalition has worked hand in glove with state and
local associations, and user groups across the country as well as the
snowmobile industry to address issues around the use of snowmobiles on
public lands, said Eggers, This is a big win for all of us. This is
a big win for Americans everywhere because the spirit law has been
upheld despite the best efforts of a few enviromaniacs with big bucks
and far too much influence in Washington!

####

The Blue Ribbon Coalition is a national recreation group that
champions responsible recreation on public lands. It represents over
850
organizations and businesses with 600,000 members.

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Post by Paul Schnettle » Thu, 27 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> The BlueRibbon Coalition has worked hand in glove with state and
> local associations, and user groups across the country as well as the
> snowmobile industry to address issues around the use of snowmobiles on
> public lands, said Eggers, This is a big win for all of us. This is
> a big win for Americans everywhere because the spirit law has been
> upheld despite the best efforts of a few enviromaniacs with big bucks
> and far too much influence in Washington!

Three Cheers to Viki and Matt for their diligent efforts to bring us news and
information on this important fight. Thanks to Viki for her tireless efforts back home
and in Washington to fight the heavyhanded tactics of Brucie BBBBabbitt and his
department snakes to attempt to take away our rights and privileges. We still need to
keep a close eye on this and all the other issues facing our sport. I for one am happy
and heartened to have great people like Viki and Matt on our side directing our efforts
and "not-so-silently" steering our course so-to-speak...
Thanks again, and keep up the fight!
regards,
Paul S.

 
 
 

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Post by David Courtne » Thu, 27 Jul 2000 04:00:00

    I agree 100%!
    I also think that as "we" start to gain some momentum and drive the
snakes back to where they came from... we need to get pro-active and get
some legislation in place that "guarantees" our access.  We don't want to
have to fight this battle every election year.
    Some legislation and regulations that spell out exactly what "we" need
to do to comply... and what steps "they" have to take before they can
implement any policy changes are needed.  We need to get to a point where
the "green" groups have to provide clear, objective scientific evidence
before they can even make these ridiculous proposals.
    Once we drag them up "above-board" for a fair fight, they won't have a
leg to stand on, and all the lobbying in the world won't do them any good.
Fair legislation actually protects the elected officials (and the park
service); so they aren't forced to make poor decisions in order to earn
votes or satisfy voters, every time they come up for re-election.
    Thanks Viki & Matt!  David


Quote:

> > "The BlueRibbon Coalition has worked hand in glove with state and
> > local associations, and user groups across the country as well as the
> > snowmobile industry to address issues around the use of snowmobiles on
> > public lands," said Eggers, "This is a big win for all of us. This is
> > a big win for Americans everywhere because the spirit law has been
> > upheld despite the best efforts of a few enviromaniacs with big bucks
> > and far too much influence in Washington!"

> Three Cheers to Viki and Matt for their diligent efforts to bring us news
and
> information on this important fight. Thanks to Viki for her tireless
efforts back home
> and in Washington to fight the heavyhanded tactics of Brucie BBBBabbitt
and his
> department snakes to attempt to take away our rights and privileges. We
still need to
> keep a close eye on this and all the other issues facing our sport. I for
one am happy
> and heartened to have great people like Viki and Matt on our side

directing our efforts

- Show quoted text -

Quote:
> and "not-so-silently" steering our course so-to-speak...
> Thanks again, and keep up the fight!
> regards,
> Paul S.


 
 
 

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Post by Doug Ritt » Thu, 27 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Funny how the environmentalists are painting this as a victory for their side.

--
Doug Ritter              "There's a little Homer Simpson in all of us."

 
 
 

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Post by Michael Har » Thu, 27 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
> Funny how the environmentalists are painting this as a victory for their
side.

In a way it is...   In the game of compromise you always attempt to get more
than you want. And likewise you always lose more than the other side is
prepared to take outright. They've won compromise and have broken the ice to
rulemaking on a previously taboo subject. Rather than a law to prevent it
(or further congressional oversite) like we might have gotten in a
legislative fight we are still at the mercy of fighting rulemaking.

What will be crucial is local participation in the rulemaking process. Since
this might just coincide with quess what - the roadless proposal to regulate
areas at local level.

 
 
 

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Post by MDMe » Thu, 27 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
>Three Cheers to Viki and Matt for their diligent efforts to bring us news and
>information on this important fight.

I certainly agree with the "three cheers for Viki"!  Viki, the rest of the BRC
staff, and several other groups, are in the trenches every day fighting hard
for our sport.  They deserve all the praise and support we can give them.

The rest of the "three cheers" goes to most of you sledders; the ones that have
taken the time to get involved and write a letter, support an organization, or
whatever, to further our cause.

Thank you!

Matt
Doo owner
Manta owner

 
 
 

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Post by Repairma » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Don't get too happy yet, It's a start but don't forget it's not election day
yet. As I've said before it's pre-election jitters on the Libs side. Stay
focused and mad, these clowns are snakes and they want those big bucks that
the tree huggers have in their coffers. A little announcement of wavering is
sure to get a few checks sent in to the DNC. This is a war on us off road
folks, a small victory is great but we gotta finish them off. If they were
trying to ban Harleys from the parks it would have been over a month after
the initial try. Keep up the good fight, join BRC, think sledding........
--
John "Anything you say can & will be misquoted & used against you"
85 Indy 600
99 700XC
BRC member
 
 
 

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Post by todd mille » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00

I agree with you on the legislation.
I think it would also be wise of us to not just sit back and take this win
as the final victory.  We need to keep doing what we can to make the
environmental issues non-issues.
What I mean by this is that the manufacturers have been trying to reduce
noise levels and emissions so that the enviro-whackos will lay off.
These efforts must continue.  We can't go back to extra-loud and extra
emissions because we won one fight.
On an individual level, we also need to be more conscious about what we leave
behind on the trail that gives the "greenies" more ammunition in thier fight to

get us kicked out of the parks.  I'm talking about busted belts, cans
(shouldn't see
beer cans on the trail, but I do), snack packaging and other crap.
If you had room for this stuff on the way out, you have room to take it back
with
you.

Thanks for reading, and even more thanks if you follow the advice!

-todd in MI

Quote:

>     I agree 100%!
>     I also think that as "we" start to gain some momentum and drive the
> snakes back to where they came from... we need to get pro-active and get
> some legislation in place that "guarantees" our access.  We don't want to
> have to fight this battle every election year.
>     Some legislation and regulations that spell out exactly what "we" need
> to do to comply... and what steps "they" have to take before they can
> implement any policy changes are needed.  We need to get to a point where
> the "green" groups have to provide clear, objective scientific evidence
> before they can even make these ridiculous proposals.
>     Once we drag them up "above-board" for a fair fight, they won't have a
> leg to stand on, and all the lobbying in the world won't do them any good.
> Fair legislation actually protects the elected officials (and the park
> service); so they aren't forced to make poor decisions in order to earn
> votes or satisfy voters, every time they come up for re-election.
>     Thanks Viki & Matt!  David




> > > "The BlueRibbon Coalition has worked hand in glove with state and
> > > local associations, and user groups across the country as well as the
> > > snowmobile industry to address issues around the use of snowmobiles on
> > > public lands," said Eggers, "This is a big win for all of us. This is
> > > a big win for Americans everywhere because the spirit law has been
> > > upheld despite the best efforts of a few enviromaniacs with big bucks
> > > and far too much influence in Washington!"

> > Three Cheers to Viki and Matt for their diligent efforts to bring us news
> and
> > information on this important fight. Thanks to Viki for her tireless
> efforts back home
> > and in Washington to fight the heavyhanded tactics of Brucie BBBBabbitt
> and his
> > department snakes to attempt to take away our rights and privileges. We
> still need to
> > keep a close eye on this and all the other issues facing our sport. I for
> one am happy
> > and heartened to have great people like Viki and Matt on our side
> directing our efforts
> > and "not-so-silently" steering our course so-to-speak...
> > Thanks again, and keep up the fight!
> > regards,
> > Paul S.

 
 
 

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Post by Greg Mi » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00

There is a bill still in committee on making a snowmobile law...... that take
the power of banning snowmobiling from the Secretary of the Interior.

HR 4560 IH

                                      106th CONGRESS

                                         2d Session

                                         H. R. 4560

To provide for the use of snowmobiles in National parks.

                           IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                                       May 25, 2000

Mrs. CUBIN (for herself, Mrs. CHENOWETH-HAGE, Mr. HILL of Montana, Mr. SIMPSON,
Mr. WALDEN of Oregon, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. STUMP, Mr. THUNE, and Mr. POMBO)
introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources

                                          A BILL

To provide for the use of snowmobiles in National parks.

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. USE OF SNOWMOBILES IN NATIONAL PARKS.

     Notwithstanding any other law or regulation, the Secretary of the Interior
shall allow for the use of snowmobiles  in all National parks.

END

Quote:

>     I agree 100%!
>     I also think that as "we" start to gain some momentum and drive the
> snakes back to where they came from... we need to get pro-active and get
> some legislation in place that "guarantees" our access.  We don't want to
> have to fight this battle every election year.
>     Some legislation and regulations that spell out exactly what "we" need
> to do to comply... and what steps "they" have to take before they can
> implement any policy changes are needed.  We need to get to a point where
> the "green" groups have to provide clear, objective scientific evidence
> before they can even make these ridiculous proposals.
>     Once we drag them up "above-board" for a fair fight, they won't have a
> leg to stand on, and all the lobbying in the world won't do them any good.
> Fair legislation actually protects the elected officials (and the park
> service); so they aren't forced to make poor decisions in order to earn
> votes or satisfy voters, every time they come up for re-election.
>     Thanks Viki & Matt!  David

 
 
 

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Post by David Courtne » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00

    This we need!  And we need to show our support for it by... writing to
our own representatives and asking them to support it!
        David


Quote:
> There is a bill still in committee on making a snowmobile law...... that
take
> the power of banning snowmobiling from the Secretary of the Interior.

> HR 4560 IH

>                                       106th CONGRESS

>                                          2d Session

>                                          H. R. 4560

> To provide for the use of snowmobiles in National parks.

>                            IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

>                                        May 25, 2000

> Mrs. CUBIN (for herself, Mrs. CHENOWETH-HAGE, Mr. HILL of Montana, Mr.
SIMPSON,
> Mr. WALDEN of Oregon, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. STUMP, Mr. THUNE, and Mr. POMBO)
> introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on
Resources

>                                           A BILL

> To provide for the use of snowmobiles in National parks.

>      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United
> States of America in Congress assembled,

> SECTION 1. USE OF SNOWMOBILES IN NATIONAL PARKS.

>      Notwithstanding any other law or regulation, the Secretary of the
Interior
> shall allow for the use of snowmobiles  in all National parks.

> END


> >     I agree 100%!
> >     I also think that as "we" start to gain some momentum and drive the
> > snakes back to where they came from... we need to get pro-active and get
> > some legislation in place that "guarantees" our access.  We don't want
to
> > have to fight this battle every election year.
> >     Some legislation and regulations that spell out exactly what "we"
need
> > to do to comply... and what steps "they" have to take before they can
> > implement any policy changes are needed.  We need to get to a point
where
> > the "green" groups have to provide clear, objective scientific evidence
> > before they can even make these ridiculous proposals.
> >     Once we drag them up "above-board" for a fair fight, they won't have
a
> > leg to stand on, and all the lobbying in the world won't do them any
good.
> > Fair legislation actually protects the elected officials (and the park
> > service); so they aren't forced to make poor decisions in order to earn
> > votes or satisfy voters, every time they come up for re-election.
> >     Thanks Viki & Matt!  David

 
 
 

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Post by Matt Jense » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00

I've heard that this bill never made it out of committee and is now
basically dead. :-(

Quote:

>     This we need!  And we need to show our support for it by... writing to
> our own representatives and asking them to support it!
>         David



> > There is a bill still in committee on making a snowmobile law...... that
> take
> > the power of banning snowmobiling from the Secretary of the Interior.

> > HR 4560 IH

> >                                       106th CONGRESS

> >                                          2d Session

> >                                          H. R. 4560

> > To provide for the use of snowmobiles in National parks.

> >                            IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

> >                                        May 25, 2000

> > Mrs. CUBIN (for herself, Mrs. CHENOWETH-HAGE, Mr. HILL of Montana, Mr.
> SIMPSON,
> > Mr. WALDEN of Oregon, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. STUMP, Mr. THUNE, and Mr. POMBO)
> > introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on
> Resources

> >                                           A BILL

> > To provide for the use of snowmobiles in National parks.

> >      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
> United
> > States of America in Congress assembled,

> > SECTION 1. USE OF SNOWMOBILES IN NATIONAL PARKS.

> >      Notwithstanding any other law or regulation, the Secretary of the
> Interior
> > shall allow for the use of snowmobiles  in all National parks.

> > END


> > >     I agree 100%!
> > >     I also think that as "we" start to gain some momentum and drive the
> > > snakes back to where they came from... we need to get pro-active and get
> > > some legislation in place that "guarantees" our access.  We don't want
> to
> > > have to fight this battle every election year.
> > >     Some legislation and regulations that spell out exactly what "we"
> need
> > > to do to comply... and what steps "they" have to take before they can
> > > implement any policy changes are needed.  We need to get to a point
> where
> > > the "green" groups have to provide clear, objective scientific evidence
> > > before they can even make these ridiculous proposals.
> > >     Once we drag them up "above-board" for a fair fight, they won't have
> a
> > > leg to stand on, and all the lobbying in the world won't do them any
> good.
> > > Fair legislation actually protects the elected officials (and the park
> > > service); so they aren't forced to make poor decisions in order to earn
> > > votes or satisfy voters, every time they come up for re-election.
> > >     Thanks Viki & Matt!  David

--

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'00 Checkmate Pulsare 2100 w/ Mercury Pro Max 225
 
 
 

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Post by Viki Egge » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Awww...gorsh, guys!
Matt's right...this is a team effort. Without all of us, we're lost,
so, while I'd like to take some of the credit, this is really your
deal, guys. (Remember..I don't even OWN a sled!)
Repairman is also correct..We need to stay focused. This win is just
an itty bitty one..the big fight is still ahead of us, and we will
surely lose it if we don't grow bigger and stronger and noisier.
If you don't belong to the BlueRibbon Coalition..join today! (Tell em
the head redhead sent you!) http://www.sharetrails.org
Support your local club...support your state association, and be sure
each and every person belongs to BRC. It takes lots of twenty dollars
memberships to fund these fights!
Muskie sure has been quiet.... :o)


Quote:
>>Three Cheers to Viki and Matt for their diligent efforts to bring us news and
>>information on this important fight.

>I certainly agree with the "three cheers for Viki"!  Viki, the rest of the BRC
>staff, and several other groups, are in the trenches every day fighting hard
>for our sport.  They deserve all the praise and support we can give them.

>The rest of the "three cheers" goes to most of you sledders; the ones that have
>taken the time to get involved and write a letter, support an organization, or
>whatever, to further our cause.

>Thank you!

>Matt
>Doo owner
>Manta owner

 
 
 

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Post by Viki Egge » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Larry and the guys at Maximum Sled have set up an email support letter
that you can use..personalize and send to EVERYBODY in congress. I
urge you to go to:
<http://www.maximumsled.com/Environment/sponsorbill_HR4560.htm>
Send a few hundred letters today!
:D
On Thu, 27 Jul 2000 10:33:35 -0500, "David Courtney"
Quote:

>    This we need!  And we need to show our support for it by... writing to
>our own representatives and asking them to support it!
>        David



>> There is a bill still in committee on making a snowmobile law...... that
>take
>> the power of banning snowmobiling from the Secretary of the Interior.

>> HR 4560 IH

>>                                       106th CONGRESS

>>                                          2d Session

>>                                          H. R. 4560

>> To provide for the use of snowmobiles in National parks.

>>                            IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

>>                                        May 25, 2000

>> Mrs. CUBIN (for herself, Mrs. CHENOWETH-HAGE, Mr. HILL of Montana, Mr.
>SIMPSON,
>> Mr. WALDEN of Oregon, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. STUMP, Mr. THUNE, and Mr. POMBO)
>> introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on
>Resources

>>                                           A BILL

>> To provide for the use of snowmobiles in National parks.

>>      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
>United
>> States of America in Congress assembled,

>> SECTION 1. USE OF SNOWMOBILES IN NATIONAL PARKS.

>>      Notwithstanding any other law or regulation, the Secretary of the
>Interior
>> shall allow for the use of snowmobiles  in all National parks.

>> END


>> >     I agree 100%!
>> >     I also think that as "we" start to gain some momentum and drive the
>> > snakes back to where they came from... we need to get pro-active and get
>> > some legislation in place that "guarantees" our access.  We don't want
>to
>> > have to fight this battle every election year.
>> >     Some legislation and regulations that spell out exactly what "we"
>need
>> > to do to comply... and what steps "they" have to take before they can
>> > implement any policy changes are needed.  We need to get to a point
>where
>> > the "green" groups have to provide clear, objective scientific evidence
>> > before they can even make these ridiculous proposals.
>> >     Once we drag them up "above-board" for a fair fight, they won't have
>a
>> > leg to stand on, and all the lobbying in the world won't do them any
>good.
>> > Fair legislation actually protects the elected officials (and the park
>> > service); so they aren't forced to make poor decisions in order to earn
>> > votes or satisfy voters, every time they come up for re-election.
>> >     Thanks Viki & Matt!  David

 
 
 

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Post by Viki Egge » Fri, 28 Jul 2000 04:00:00

That may be so, Matt..I've not had an update from Congressman Cubin's
office recently. Nevertheless, my legislative theory still applies.
If your legislators don't know who you are and how you feel about
snowmobiling it's long past time to pay them a bit of attention. It's
like when you've applied for the best job in the world, and you want
ti soooooo bad you can taste it....the way to get it is to be
EVERYWHERE the boss is. Pretty soon you've made an indelible
impression.

I figure, my guys in Washington need to hear from me at LEAST once a
week...how else would they know how to run the country??

:o)

Quote:

>I've heard that this bill never made it out of committee and is now
>basically dead. :-(


>>     This we need!  And we need to show our support for it by... writing to
>> our own representatives and asking them to support it!
>>         David



>> > There is a bill still in committee on making a snowmobile law...... that
>> take
>> > the power of banning snowmobiling from the Secretary of the Interior.

>> > HR 4560 IH

>> >                                       106th CONGRESS

>> >                                          2d Session

>> >                                          H. R. 4560

>> > To provide for the use of snowmobiles in National parks.

>> >                            IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

>> >                                        May 25, 2000

>> > Mrs. CUBIN (for herself, Mrs. CHENOWETH-HAGE, Mr. HILL of Montana, Mr.
>> SIMPSON,
>> > Mr. WALDEN of Oregon, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. STUMP, Mr. THUNE, and Mr. POMBO)
>> > introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on
>> Resources

>> >                                           A BILL

>> > To provide for the use of snowmobiles in National parks.

>> >      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
>> United
>> > States of America in Congress assembled,

>> > SECTION 1. USE OF SNOWMOBILES IN NATIONAL PARKS.

>> >      Notwithstanding any other law or regulation, the Secretary of the
>> Interior
>> > shall allow for the use of snowmobiles  in all National parks.

>> > END


>> > >     I agree 100%!
>> > >     I also think that as "we" start to gain some momentum and drive the
>> > > snakes back to where they came from... we need to get pro-active and get
>> > > some legislation in place that "guarantees" our access.  We don't want
>> to
>> > > have to fight this battle every election year.
>> > >     Some legislation and regulations that spell out exactly what "we"
>> need
>> > > to do to comply... and what steps "they" have to take before they can
>> > > implement any policy changes are needed.  We need to get to a point
>> where
>> > > the "green" groups have to provide clear, objective scientific evidence
>> > > before they can even make these ridiculous proposals.
>> > >     Once we drag them up "above-board" for a fair fight, they won't have
>> a
>> > > leg to stand on, and all the lobbying in the world won't do them any
>> good.
>> > > Fair legislation actually protects the elected officials (and the park
>> > > service); so they aren't forced to make poor decisions in order to earn
>> > > votes or satisfy voters, every time they come up for re-election.
>> > >     Thanks Viki & Matt!  David

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Snowmobile Ban Unravels

Post by Dennis Smous » Sat, 29 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Way to go Todd, snowmobilers need to be pro-active instead of re-active.  To
add on to your list, may I suggest you continue to work with your elected
representatives, both on the state level and national level.  Feed them
information when we are not in the heat of a battle with
"anti-recreationalists", you know like good things about snowmobiling.
Invite them on a ride.

The other strategy we need to follow is to educate the non-snowmobiling
public.  Get articles in your local newspaper.  Remember to publicize your
next charitable donation from your local club.

Dennis
'01 Formula Deluxe GSE 700

Quote:

>I agree with you on the legislation.
>I think it would also be wise of us to not just sit back and take this win
>as the final victory.  We need to keep doing what we can to make the
>environmental issues non-issues.
>What I mean by this is that the manufacturers have been trying to reduce
>noise levels and emissions so that the enviro-whackos will lay off.
>These efforts must continue.  We can't go back to extra-loud and extra
>emissions because we won one fight.
>On an individual level, we also need to be more conscious about what we
leave
>behind on the trail that gives the "greenies" more ammunition in thier
fight to

>get us kicked out of the parks.  I'm talking about busted belts, cans
>(shouldn't see
>beer cans on the trail, but I do), snack packaging and other crap.
>If you had room for this stuff on the way out, you have room to take it
back
>with
>you.

>Thanks for reading, and even more thanks if you follow the advice!

>-todd in MI