Executive Director Retires
Bill Manson, who has been the Executive Director of MSA, now MISORVA, since 2002 has announced his retirement!
Manson was a volunteer to MSA from 1983 until his employment with the organization in 2002. He was Vice President, President and Past President from 1987-1992. After that he continued to serve on the board as the Legislative Chairman.
He was instrumental in the formation of the American Council of Snowmobile (ACSA) where he later served as Vice President, President and Past President. Manson also served as Chair of the International Snowmobile Council.
Manson said “Snowmobilers are the best stewards of the lands — and are among the most generous and charitable people I have ever met. I have always been proud to see motorized recreation pay their own way and find solutions rather than problems. I have enjoyed working with many people across the U.S and Canada for the betterment of outdoor recreation.”
“I started out many years ago snowmobiling then got involved in organized snowmobiling. I’m looking forward to enjoying riding this winter with my family and friends. I look forward to seeing people on the trails winter or summer — rather than in a meeting room! “
Public invited to review proposed forest road changes, share feedback through Dec 1
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has proposed some changes to off-road vehicle use on state forest roads. The public is welcome to share comments on the proposed changes through Dec. 1.
The review is part of an annual effort to ensure that the DNR’s forest road inventory is as accurate as possible, while meeting legislative requirements outlined in Public Act 288 of 2016.
The proposed changes include:
- Adding roads that previously were unmapped.
- Deleting mapped roads that do not exist or no longer exist.
- Closing roads to conventional vehicle use (including ORVs); closing roads only to ORV use, and opening roads to ORV use.
View the specific locations of proposed changes by using the interactive web map or by viewing printable maps available at Michigan.gov/ForestRoads.
Public input will be accepted via email and online until Dec. 1. Send emails to DNR-RoadInventoryProject@Michigan.gov or comment via the online map at Michigan.gov/ForestRoads. Instructions are available on the website.
Public comment also will be accepted at the January meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission, where the state forest road proposals will be brought before the DNR director for information, and at the February commission meeting, when the DNR director is expected to decide. New maps showing state forest roads and whether they are open or closed to ORV use will be published by April 1, 2019.
Notice to all District 6 MISORVA Members
District 6 which encompasses the following 10 counties, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau, has an opening for the following two positions. One (1) representing Snowmobile Clubs, and one (1) representing ORV Clubs.
These two positions are for the 2020 calendar year and would take affect on January 1, 2020.These positions will be filled at the MISORVA Annual Meeting at Jay’s Sporting Goods meeting room, on Saturday October 19, 2019. If you are interested in one of these positions and cannot attend the meeting you may send a letter to the MISORVA office via email to be considered. email@example.com
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