Deadlines for Awards Nominations, Photo contest
A deep freeze and decent snow cover in many areas is kicking off the Maine Snowmobile Association's golden anniversary year. 2018 marks fifty years of statewide organized snowmobiling in Maine.
The MSA has been an active and involved part of the Maine winters since 1968. From an initial meeting of six dedicated snowmobilers, the MSA has grown to 280+ clubs statewide with thousands of families and supporting businesses from Sanford to Allagash.
The focus in the early days is little changed in 2018. Landowner relations has played a vital role in building and maintaining a trail system that has now grown to over 14,000 miles. Safety has also been an important part of the MSA's mission. Working closely with the Maine Warden Service, the MSA has been at the forefront of setting standards for safety, and has worked tirelessly in the halls of the Legislature to shape the laws that have enabled trail funding and common sense safety regulations.
Maine's 14,000 miles of trails are now regarded by riders from across the country as the finest in the Northeast. From a web of club trails, pioneers like Joe Firlotte, Lewis Newell and Les Ames created the numbered ITS Trail System that now supports a network of local trails that reaches just about anywhere a rider would need to be in Maine.
A terrific winter will just be the beginning of a year of celebrations, including the MSA Annual Meeting set for April 21, 2018 in Newport. As members, you're all a part of it. Get involved as we kick off the next fifty years!
Deadline for MSA Annual Awards, Photo Contest
Membership Reminder: The deadline for nominations for the MSA's annual awards program is February 28.
The categories of recognition are: MSA Snowmobile Dealer of the Year, Supporting Business of the Year, Snowmobile Club of the Year, Snowmobiler of the Year and Groomer of the Year.
There are dozens and dozens of volunteers, clubs and club supporters deserving of recognition through this annual program. Why not invest a little time in submitting a nomination to honor a person, club or dealer/business who goes above and beyond for snowmobiling in your area? Nominees must be current MSA family or business members.
Nomination forms can be found on the For MSA Members page. The forms are located in a drop down list on that page. If you'd like a printed copy of a nomination form mailed to you, contact the MSA office at 207-622-6983, email.
The deadline for the Maine Snowmobiler Photo Contest is March 23, 2018. Email your high resolution digital photos mail high quality prints to: Maine Snowmobiler Photo Contest, PO Box 80, Augusta ME 04332. Please include your name, address, your MSA club and the location where the photo was taken. Entry in the contest implies consent to have the credited photos reproduced in publications deemed appropriate by the MSA. Entrants must be current MSA members.
If you have a question about any of the contests, just ask: email, 207-622-6983.
Even though the first session of the 128th Legislature seemed to go on forever, it was a relatively light year for snowmobiling at the State House.
The MSA had only submitted one bill, LD-483, "An Act To Improve Enforcement of Snowmobile Noise Levels," The bill, which was designed to improve the enforcement of snowmobile noise levels, passed unanimously and was signed by Governor LePage. The new law relies on certified exhausts manufactured 2007 or later rather than decibel meters.
The MSA proposed an elimination of the so-called reciprocal snowmobile weekends with neighboring states and provinces and replaced it with an open weekend that will be designated annually by the Commissioner of IF&W. During that 3-day weekend, any snowmobile that is legally registered in any state or province may operate in Maine without having to purchase a registration. There will be a similar weekend for all-terrain vehicles in the summer.
The MSA took a leading role in defeating two separate bills that sought to modify the state's landowner liability law. Both bills were very narrowly focused, but both could have potentially weakened liability protections for landowners in the future.
Given the limits on bills that can be introduced during the second session that begins in January, it is hoped that more time will be spent of the trails instead of the legislative hallways.
MSA presents annual awards
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