Archive for May, 2012

Recreation Advocates Welcome News from Colorado Court

Posted on May 25th, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

DENVER, CO (May 25, 2012) Recreation advocates today welcomed news that a federal court in Colorado refused to grant a motion to immediately close 14 popular trails near the Rico-West Dolores area in southwest Colorado.

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Colorado Chapter, have filed a lawsuit challenging motorized access in the Rico West Dolores area of the San Juan National Forest. Earlier this spring they moved for a preliminary injunction seeking a court order closing 14 trails to motorized use. According to their papers, the injunction was needed in early June to prevent irreparable harm that would be caused by resumption of historical use of the trails after snowmelt. Plaintiffs therefore requested a hearing on their motion before early June. The preliminary injunction and voluminous associated filings were vigorously opposed by the Forest Service and intervenors Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO) – Trail Preservation Alliance (TPA) – San Juan Trail Riders (SJTR) – Public Access Preservation Associational (PAPA) -BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC).

On May 24, 2012 the Court held a hearing to consider “the request for a preliminary injunction hearing.” After considering statements from counsel for all parties, the Court minutes state “(n)o hearing will be set at this time.” The Court set a schedule for presentation of the merits of the case, under which the final brief will be filed on August 17, 2012. The minutes further state “f the Court deems oral argument necessary, it will set that hearing.”

As a result, it is apparent that no injunction preventing continued motorized travel on the 14 trails will be entered at this time. Access on those trails and other portions of the Rico West Dolores area will be continue to be managed by the Forest Service under existing regulations.

Selected documents from the court file are located at http://www.sharetrails.org/legal/rico-dolores

 

PAPA is a regional recreation group that supports and champions access and responsible use of public lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. PAPA’s Mission is to promote balanced, unbiased, responsible use of public lands in collaboration with recreational users of all interests, advocating respect, education and conservation of the environment. Learn more on the web: http://www.papatelluride.org/.

The mission of the SJTR is to improve opportunities for off-highway vehicles and assure the best care of the land. SJTR promotes active participation in OHV trail management and other civic activities and maintains a focused and ongoing dialogue with the San Juan National Forest and other public land planners. SJTR educates OHV users about “Tread Lightly” conservation practices and other trail use issues. Learn more on the web: http://sanjuantrailriders.org/

The Trails Preservation Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the sport of motorized trail riding, educating all user groups and the public on the value of sharing public lands for multiuse recreation, while protecting public lands for future generations. Learn more on the web: www.coloradotpa.org

COHVCO is a nonprofit organization whose member enthusiasts, organizations and businesses collectively comprise over 200,000 Coloradoans and regular visitors to Colorado and other western states who contribute millions of dollars and thousands of hours annually to off-highway vehicle recreation through registration fees, retail expenditure, project participation and related support. Learn more on the web: www.cohvco.org

The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. Learn more on the web: www.sharetrails.org

Snocross Champ Tremblay Joins Scheuring Team

Posted on May 10th, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

Scheuring Speed Sports Inks Tim Tremblay

Aurora, MN (May 9, 2012) Steve Scheuring, owner of Scheuring Speed Sports, is pleased to announce the signing of defending AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Pro Open champion Tim Tremblay. The two-time Pro Champion will join the reigning Team of the Year for the 2012-13 ACSS tour, racing out of the AMSOIL/Ski-Doo trailer alongside top pro riders Robbie Malinoski (third overall in points) and Pro Rookie of the Year Darrin Mees.

“With the addition of Tim to our race team, and with Robbie and Darrin already on board, we will be a force to be reckoned with this year,” said Scheuring.

For Tremblay, the move is one he believes will bring continued success and stability as he enters the prime of his career.

“Steve Scheuring has a true professional race team and his team never stops working on being better, and that is the team I want to race for,” said Tremblay. “The AMSOIL/U.S. Air Force/Rockstar/Ski-Doo sleds they put together came out of the holeshot strong at every race last year. And the way the Fox Shox handled the rough national tracks was impressive. I am excited to race for Scheuring Speed Sports and still stay with a great company like Ski-Doo.”

Since moving back to Ski-Doo, the AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports team has been one of the most consistent race teams on the national circuit, finishing with two riders in the top five in points last year.

 “Ski-Doo is a great company with a rich history of racing and winning,” said Scheuring. “We are constantly sharing ideas with the race group to develop and improve future products that will make there way to the consumer’s snowmobiles.”

The official unveiling of the new-look AMSOIL/U.S. Air Force/Rockstar/Ski-Doo team will take place at the annual Sno-Baron’s Grass Drags September 8-9, 2012.

For continuing information visit www.scheuring-speedsports.com.

For more information on AMSOIL Racing, visit www.amsoilracing.com or www.amsoil.com.

SHOF Classic Sled Roundup

Posted on May 1st, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

SHOF Classic Sled Roundup Returns to St. Germain, Wisconsin May 27

May 1, 2012 – St. Germain, WI. The annual SNOWMOBILE HALL OF FAME (SHOF) CLASSIC SLED ROUNDUP sponsored by Arctic Cat, will take place on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the community park on Highway 70 W in St. Germain. The event is one of two major fundraisers for the SHOF. The other is the Ride With the Camps held in February.

The vintage show and swap meet begins with registration at 7 a.m.; the swap area opens at 6:30 a.m. for early arrivers. Swap spots are $20, $30 and $40 depending on size of vehicle and trailer. The judging of sleds will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All classes will be judged and awards given to 1st place and runner up positions. Award presentation is 3 p.m. Show sled registration is $5 per sled. An additional $20 donation to the Snowmobile Hall of Fame allows display under the pavilion roof. The public is invited to view the displays and walk through the swap areas at no admission cost. Over one hundred classic and antique sleds are expected, along with hundreds of swap spaces. The event has grown in size every year since its beginning nine years ago.

Food is served all day by the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club of St. Germain, with OLD WISCONSIN brats and hotdogs donated by OLD WISCONSIN through Camp’s Super Value of St. Germain. Other food and sandwich items are also available. Arctic Cat products are on display courtesy of R & R Motorsports of Hazelhurst. There will also be a silent auction of donated items to benefit the SHOF, a 501(C)(3) organization which operates the Hall of Fame and Museum on Highway 70 in St. Germain.

At 3 p.m., a drawing will take place for the 1978 Arctic Cat Cross Country factory race sled restored by Brian Nelson, original builder of the racer. Raffle tickets are available on the SHOF web site or at the Roundup for $10 each or 3 for $20. Second place drawing is for a vacation package at Black Bear Lodge on Little St. Germain Lake.

For more information, contact the SHOF at 715 542-4HOF(4463),or visit our site and see info and photos on past Roundups at www.snowmobilehalloffame.com. Email is info@snowmobilehalloffame.com.