With an Albany judge denying an environmental group’s request for a permanent injunction against tree cutting, the fight over a network of snowmobile trails that the state had started building is now headed to court. The lawsuit filed against the state of New York for cutting trees to make... Read more
…..Mary A. Bomar, President Bush’s nominee to head the National Park Service, says she believes that snowmobile use in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks can continue. Bomar expressed her views about the contentious snowmobile issue in a written statement to Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo. Thomas had asked Bomar... Read more

Group Seeks Trail

Leglislation September 30, 2006 0
A group in Eastern Newfoundland is lobbying the federal government to bend its rules and allow snowmobiling in a national park. The Terra Nova Trail Riders want Ottawa to permit a corridor through Terra Nova National Park that would allow snowmobilers to access nearby trails. It’s illegal to operate... Read more
A long-time champion for responsible access to public lands will be placed into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF). Clark Collins, co-founder of the BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), was chosen for this honor by a unanimous vote of the ORMHOF nominating committee. Collins started the BRC, a national recreation... Read more
…..The average snowmobiler spends $5,850 on a snowmobile; $1,100 on accessories such as clothing and a trailer; and an additional $3,000 plus on snowmobile related tourism. In comparison, the average cost of membership to a state or provincial snowmobile association or your local snowmobile club is just $20. Read more
Governor Doyle signed legislation setting a 55 mile per hour nighttime speed limit for snowmobiles next winter. Supporters of the change say it’s designed to reduce crashes and fatalities. State snowmobile education administrator Gary Eddy has said a nighttime speed limit would make it easier for wardens to pull... Read more
An administrative appeal against a snowmobile trail proposed by the US Forest Service along the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was filed by a gathering of Conservation groups led by the Izaak Walton League of America. The planned trail would run from McFarland Lake to South Fowl Lake on... Read more
US Forest Service agency officials restored a ban on 4,000 acres of the Wasatch Cache National Forest. The ban covers half of the Franklin Basin area of Logan Canyon. This area was closed as part of a 2003 management plan but was re-opened to snowmobiles in July of 2005.... Read more
…..Starting with the 2005/2006 season, ISR racing rules dictate that the Snowcross Open Class is limited to 600cc 2-strokes, or 1050cc 4-strokes. Further, the 4-stroke rules state a 3-cylinder limit and no gear reduction. This means the Yamaha RX-1 and Apex motors are not elgible, but the Nytro/Vector engine... Read more
…..The Needles Highway Snowmobile Trail (in Custer State Park) in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota is closed through March 1, 2006. This marks the third straight season the scenic trail has been closed because of ongoing timber sales in the area. Read more