Archive for August, 2012

RECREATION GROUPS FILE SUIT TO STOP ILLEGAL WILDERNESS

Posted on August 31st, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

BOISE, ID (August 30, 2012) – Two leading Idaho-based recreation organizations have sued the United States Forest Service, challenging the Clearwater National Forest’s decision to impose the same public use restrictions on areas they have recommended for possible Wilderness classification as one would find in lands actually designated by Congress. The Forest recently issued a new Travel Plan limiting motorized and mountain bike access to designated trails and areas. Motorized vehicles and mountain bikes are prohibited uses in the 1964 Wilderness Act, and this prohibition is in effect in the vast majority of designated Wilderness areas ever since, now about 110 million acres nationwide. However, these uses have previously been allowed in areas recommended for Wilderness designation unless they were proven to negatively affect future Wilderness qualification. The new Travel Plan changes that, imposing the same prohibitions on motorized and mechanized transport in areas the Forest considers Wilderness candidates, as are found in formal Wilderness, such as Idaho’s Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas.

“Only Congress can designate Wilderness,” noted Sandra Mitchell, Public Lands Director of the Idaho State Snowmobile Association, the lead plaintiff. “For many years we have heard rumors the Northern Region was going to start illegally limiting their management options in potential Wilderness areas, effectively creating a new system of administratively designated Wilderness. In the Clearwater Travel Plan they have followed through on that vision. We cannot stand idly by and watch them change the long-established system for managing these treasured lands,” Mitchell concluded.

“The Northern Region’s guidance to its National Forests contradicts not only the law but the reality of modern-day Wilderness,” added Brian Hawthorne, Public Lands Policy Director of the BlueRibbon Coalition, a co-plaintiff in the suit. “Any Wilderness designation today will necessarily be a creative balance that allows a variety of uses that would be prohibited under a pure reading of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Congress has allowed energy and water developments, military over-flights, or continuing motorized access in dozens of Wilderness bills. This illegal imposition of a ‘pure’ Wilderness standard for public use of proposed Wilderness areas on the Clearwater almost certainly goes further than Congress would in formally designating the areas as Wilderness,” Hawthorne said.

The suit particularly focuses on management of the “Great Burn” area near the Idaho-Montana border. That area has been a popular snowmobiling destination for decades, and, prior to issuance of the Travel Plan, also received occasional motorcycle and mountain bike use. None of these activities are allowed by the Wilderness Act, unless specifically authorized in a particular piece of legislation. Yet with these uses the Great Burn area has always received “high” ratings for Wilderness attributes in all assessments undertaken by the Forest Service. There is no documentation of resource impacts or other threats to Wilderness character from existing recreation activities that would limit Congressional discretion should Congress ever decide to formally designate it as Wilderness.

The case is entitled Idaho State Snowmobile Ass’n v. U.S. Forest Service, Case No. CV-09-2523. A copy of the recreation groups’ complaint may be viewed at http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/ISSA_BRC_Complaint-8.29.12.pdf.

The ISSA is an Idaho nonprofit corporation providing a unified voice for the Idaho snowmobile community, seeking reasonable snowmobile access to public and private lands in Idaho, and educating public and private interests on snowmobile use, safety and access. www.idahosnow.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. 1-800-BlueRib – www.sharetrails.org

Hay Days 2012 September 8-9: Pre-Race Update

Posted on August 31st, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

It’s hard to believe, but summer is nearly over and the Official Start of Winter is just a matter of days away! This year promises to be a jam packed event. In addition to the hundreds of dealers (<http://www.snobarons.com/files/dealers/2012_vendorslist.pdf>) , thousands of swappers, crazy expo riders, we will be featuring the Mystik Lubricants TerraCross Championship.

Be sure to check out and preview the online edition of the Official HayDays Program <https://mspninc.com/pubs/Haydays/2012-Haydays/> . You can view it online as well as download it. Keep in mind this program is also available for free inside each spectator gate. It is loaded with information and has valuable maps <http://www.snobarons.com/files/MAPS/Grounds_Map_12_v13.pdf> for locating your favorite dealers. Lastly, if you can’t make it this year, check out Digitally Xtreme <http://digitallyxtreme.com/> which will be streaming the racing action.

Swappers ONLY: For those holding a Swap License, gates will open by noon Friday, or earlier. This is dictated by how full the holding area becomes. Keep in mind all swappers must enter Friday by midnight or wait until Saturday evening. Ice, water and pizza will be available Friday. If you did not purchase a swap space online, DO NOT come out to the event Friday. Swap is completely sold out and you will be turned away. If you are interested in considering entry for Sunday, please check the website <http://www.snobarons.com/swap_space.php> for details.

Dealers ONLY: Vendors may set up their sites Sept 5th and 6th from 8am to 7pm. If you need to set-up Friday, you must be finished by 4pm. Your Dealer Packet will be available at Gate 3 next to the Sno Baron’s Clubhouse. It is your responsibility to pick it up. Be sure to bring your insurance liability information.

Calendar dates for this year’s event: September 8th and 9th. Gates open 7am.

Basic Event Schedule (Race times may be subject to change):

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8:

7:00am Spectator Gates Open

9:00am Racing Begins

9:00am Expo 2 <http://www.snobarons.com/expo.php> Opens (Test drive a new ATV/UTV!)

11:00am Expo 1 <http://www.snobarons.com/expo.php> Performance Begins, TerraCross Racing

11:15am Opening Ceremony (Star Spangled Banner)

11:30am Flyover

12:00pm 120’s & Junior Mods (kids)

2:00pm Expo 1 <http://www.snobarons.com/expo.php> Performance Begins

5:00pm Closing

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9:

7:00am Spectator Gates Open

8:45am Star Spangled Banner

9:00am Racing Begins

9:00am Expo 2 <http://www.snobarons.com/expo.php> Opens (Test drive a new ATV/UTV!)

12:00pm Kitty Cat races, then 120’s & Junior Mods (kids)

12:00pm TerraCross Racing

2:00pm Expo 1 <http://www.snobarons.com/expo.php> Performance Begins

3:00pm Kids Snowmobile Raffle Drawing

4:00pm ‘Big Four’ Snowmobile Raffle Drawing <http://www.snobarons.com/raffle.php>

5:00pm Closing

USCC East to Continue On

Posted on August 29th, 2012 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Buyers Insure USCC Name, Cross-Country Racing Will Remain In the East

Pownal, Maine (August 24, 2012) – With the announcement from the United States Cross-Country Snowmobile Racing Association (USCC) this past May that it was ceasing operations, there has been a lot of speculation about the predicament of the USCC East circuit. As of last week, Erik Frigon and Bob Byron have come to an agreement with Lisa Mach to purchase the USCC East and continue operations.

“We’re very excited and happy to be continuing what Pat Mach started,” Frigon said. “I have been involved in racing for many years, and when Pat hired me to run the East a few years ago I made a promise to him that I would do whatever it took to make it successful. I am happy to be able to continue to fulfill that promise.”

The goal of the USCC East is to provide safe, competitive, and family-oriented racing just as we have since our inception.

“The best part of this type of racing is how easy it is to get involved,” Frigon said. “We give the common trail rider a safe place to test his sled and his riding ability against others in a friendly atmosphere. We also provide a place where top Pros can safely compete at a professional level.

Frigon and Byron are currently working hard to get everything into place for the upcoming racing season. They intend to keep USCC East affiliated with ISR so that the racers have a solid set of rules to go by.

One thing that will be new this year is the USCC East is forming an advisory board. The board will be comprised of a group of racers to assist on decisions that will help better the association. A new Web site is being assembled and will be online as soon as possible. We have formed a Facebook site dedicated to the USCC East for people to follow (http://www.facebook.com/UsccEast). All of the new updates will be posted here until the new web site it up and running at which time the Web site will become the main avenue of communication.

Stay tuned for more information to follow!

ISOC AMSOIL Championship Snocross partners with Ustream

Posted on August 28th, 2012 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News, Uncategorized

All ISOC AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series’ events will be ‘Live’ on the popular Ustream webcast, produced by Long Haul Productions

MINNEAPOLIS (Aug. 22, 2012) – The 2012-’13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series has reached a historic agreement with live webcast industry giant Ustream, partnering on the webcasts for the upcoming ACSS season. The agreement will return the production of the globally-popular online program to ISOC’s in-house media component, Long Haul Productions based out of Albertville, Minnesota.

“Last year when we were featured on Ustream we saw a huge increase in viewership. So it was crucial that we not only continue to work with Ustream, but to improve on last year,” said Carl Schubitzke, Director of Operations and Racing for ISOC. New to the ISOC webcast production this year will be an actual television broadcast set purchased from FOX Sports. “We’re taking this up to an entirely new level of professionalism,” added Schubitzke. “We’ll have full pre-race program production followed by our opening ceremonies to the best snowmobile racing in the world. Everyone at ISOC is really fired up with our new direction with the webcast at every round of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series this year.”

And best of all, it’s absolutely free to fans of ACSS.

“Ustream is thrilled to partner with ISOC to stream the 2012-2013 Amsoil Championship Snocross Series and distribute them to our vast global reach of 57M UVM” says Wayne Sieve, Vice President, Sports Business Development. “This partnership allows Ustream to provide Snocross fans free LIVE streaming access to watch their favorite Snowmobile racers and interact with fans alike throughout the championship.”

Featured on both Ustream’s home page and sport page every Friday and Saturday night will prove to be a windfall in terms of viewership on the Internet for the ACSS. Bottom line, according to Schubitzke: “Ustream loves our content and wants to become a bigger partner by marketing our events with their resources as well. So not only is this a big deal for ISOC and all of its members, it’s also a big deal for the sport itself.”

Visit www.isocracing.com for more information, fan and racer memberships, schedule details and more.

Polaris Donates $154,125 to the Wounded Warrior Project

Posted on August 21st, 2012 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Minneapolis (August 15, 2012) – As part of its annual summer sales meeting and its presence at the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally, Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), Victory Motorcycles and the Company’s dealers donated $154,125 to the Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP). The donation was part of Polaris’ continuing relationship with the WWP, an organization that raises awareness and aids injured servicemen and women. Earlier this year, Polaris also gave away three special, blacked-out RANGER RZR XP 4 900 Side-by-Side vehicles to WWP veterans.

“Our relationship with the Wounded Warrior Project allows Polaris and our dealers to support the men and women who selflessly sacrifice for our nation through their military service,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Industries CEO. “We consider it an honor and a privilege to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that lends a hand to those who merit it most. We hope this donation helps these brave men and women return to the rich, active lives they truly deserve.”

On the opening night of the Company’s summer sales meetings, Polaris announced it would donate $25 to WWP for each rider that rode an all-terrain vehicle or Side-by-Side at the Polaris demo track, a winding set of man-made dirt trails intended to provide dealers with a chance to experience riding the latest Polaris products. That promise led to $44,500 in donations, powered by more than 1,700 demo rides.

The following week, at the 72nd edition of the legendary motorcycle rally at Sturgis, a year-long effort from Polaris-owned Victory Motorcycles and its dealers culminated when Steve Menneto, Polaris’ vice president of motorcycles, announced that Victory would contribute an additional $100,000 to WWP. The money represented an incredible number of demo rides conducted throughout the year at Victory dealerships as the brand challenged consumers with the phrase “Ride One and You’ll Own One,” then backed it up with the promise of donations to WWP for each ride.

In addition to donations made by Polaris and Victory, the Company offered dealers the opportunity to contribute to WWP as well. More than 100 Polaris dealers combined to generously add $9,625 of their own money, bringing the donation total to $154,125.

About the Wounded Warrior Project™

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.com