HASLETT, MI, February 13, 2018: This has been another busy couple of months at the ISMA office. Snow has fallen, and the trails are groomed for great riding. We have taken numerous government officials out snowmobiling – introducing them to our great winter activity.Taking People Snowmobiling and Meeting with other Outdoor Recreation Group
This year we are concentrating on taking Managers of Visitor and Convention Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce out riding to promote snowmobile tourism. We attend their winter board meetings, talk about the many benefits of snowmobiling, and take them for a short ride to experience the fun for themselves. So far it has been a great experience. We create ‘Miles of Smiles’ and it is so easy to do! People love getting out in the winter and snowmobiling. If they have never been snowmobiling or if it has been a while since they have ridden, we provide safety training first and bring them warm clothing and gear to use. The cute jackets, as we know do not work. They may look better for a photo op, but out on the trail, where it really matters, warmth is the key to an enjoyable ride.
I have spent lots of time in Washington DC, meeting with members of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), a newly reorganized business group representing the outdoor recreation community – snowmobiles, boats, RVs, ATVs, Motorcycles, fishermen and women of all stripes, archery experts, horse people and more are represented. We meet to promote outdoor recreation activities and highlight our importance in today’s world. We promote, “Turning off your computer and getting outside.” (Bring your phone if you must – use it to take pictures!!)
The ORR meets with representatives from campgrounds, ski resorts, and trail managers and talk about the importance of having fun outdoors We highlight the economic importance of outdoor recreation, and we want the government folks to know we pay taxes and help maintain rural America. We expect great things to come from this new coalition Events are being planned for lawmakers in Washington DC and beyond promoting our businesses. Nationally, Outdoor Recreation generates over $885 billion in economic activity – providing lots of jobs and tax revenues. We are an economic engine.
We encourage snowmobilers or interested individuals to visit our website www.gosnowmobiling.org and “follow” us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GoSnowmobiling. This time of year, many people are sharing their snowmobiling photos from the weekends on our Facebook page. There are some truly amazing photos that can only be taken from a snowmobile in the winter and we got them!
The Groundhog may have seen his shadow, but snowmobiling is still going strong around here!!!
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1640 Haslett Road, Suite 170
Haslett, MI 48840
1st ANNUAL I.S.A. – M.S.A. RIDE-IN
COME CELEBRATE THIS ACROSS THE BORDER ADVENTURE WITH US
Well let me tell you all, we did have a great time for the 1st Annual MSA/ISA Ride In. When you hear the phrase out of the mind of “Deak” you will never understand it until you meet him. Deak Thorton has been a staple in the Indiana Snowmobile Association forever. He has filled all of the positions from board member to President a few times over. Let me tell you, Deak is the mastermind of all the games that are played at their ride-ins.
The MSA ride-ins were kind of stagnate, large groups riding to destinations and back again in the same day, great comradery, and many stories but not what the average snowmobiler was looking for. Our President Jeff Goss, asked Deak for some information on how they do their ride-In. Deak hit it off right away and said, I can show you, but will have a hard time explain it to you. So, a ride-in with both groups was planned. The ISA treated the MSA folks like kings, helping us understand all of the different facets of all the games, we heard from the mind of Deak lots of times. Clubs were there adding to the comradery.
Even, I can’t explain it but there are games within games, something for the leisure rider to the high mileage rider. There was even a game within the property for those who chose not to ride!
Here are a some of the examples of the games;
Being the first to solve the mystery slogan, be the first to solve the correct product, being the first to solve the correct mystery word, the Highest Poker Hand, the Lowest Poker Hand, finding large stuffed Animals, finding small Stuffed Animals, Wooden horses, finding full size mannequins (The Evil Jester, Lucky Joe) all on the trail.
Completing the correct word stamp in the square from each designated stop, mystery bonus stop #10 on your game card, answering trivia questions. Using your phone to snap a shot of the question for later reference, and also to send answers to Deak, hoping to be the first with the answer. Cash prizes were awarded for the winners of all the categories.
I know there was more games involved, so if you want real excitement from riding your sled and playing the games, you need to book next year’s MSA-ISA Ride IN
SAFETY FIRST / SPEED LAST
The Future of Trail 614 Is Looking a little Brighter
Forest Service Still Wants Snowmobilers out of the Bear Creek Swamp, but the Alternative # 2 would be a great trail, not on plowed roads or in front of residences.
Remember this story from December 2016-Yes one whole year ago!
Trail 614 in the Irons area will be closed this snowmobile season, but the future and possible reroute of a portion of that trail is still up for review. Again, trail 614 will be closed this season. It will not be groomed and signs have been taken down.
Trail 614 is located in Bear Swamp of the Manistee National Forest. It is utilized by all snowmobilers from the southwest to access the Irons trail system and is a valuable connector to emergency medical services and fuel at Freesoil and Fountain.
It has been part of the trail system since the 1970s on a railroad spur that has been located in the Manistee National Forest since the 1920s. It has also served as a way for all the local cabin owners to connect to the marked groomed trail system.
So if you like to read, the new Environmental Assessment (EA) has just been completed and will be made available at the following link.
www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/pages/snowmobile Trail 614
The Snowmobile Trail # 614 Project EA describes three alternatives, they include the following;
Alternative 1: Maintain the current level of activity for the area (No Action)
Alternative 2: The Proposed Action that was described during the second scoping period.
Alternative 3: The Proposed Action that was described during the first scoping period.
Alternative 2 has been identified as the preferred alternative at this time, and MSA agrees with this. After all the input is received from the public, a different alternative may be selected!
So, what does that mean to you? If we do not get enough input to the forest to select Alternative 2, we may be out of the area as far as a trail goes.
Written Comments must be submitted by January 13, 2018 and sent to;
Jim Thompson, District Ranger
412 Red Apple Rd
Manistee, MI 49660
Snowmobile Trail 614
Commentsfirstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Again, Add Snowmobile Trail 614 in the comment line
By Federal Rule, your comments must contain your name, address, if possible phone.
Title of the Project, specific facts or comments regarding the action, along with supporting reason that you believe I should consider.
So, just to recap;
You support Alternative #2, that reroute will insure a safe snowmobile route for you to gain access to the cities and towns in the surrounding area for fuel and services. It will complete a route around the Bear Creek Swamp and complete trail 614, making it better for access for emergency service.
REMEMBER- We need comments before the deadline of 1/13/18
MSA has had many calls about trespassing over the last weekend, December 15-16-17. This is way too many for the first good snowmobiling in many Decembers!
Farm fields are not open unless permission has been granted by the land owner.
Contrary to some beliefs snowmobiles are not allowed on power lines, gas lines or other utility corridors unless it is a marked groomed trail! If that is the case, the Grant Sponsor has been granted permission to have the trail there.
In some instances, if the land is owned by the State of Michigan, you can ride there, but don’t assume if it is owned by the National Forest that applies also. It DOES not, and you will be ticketed.
We know that boondocking has become a big hit with many snowmobilers, but if you are going to boondock, it’s your responsibility to KNOW WHERE YOU ARE! Trespassing will hurt the program. If you want to insure a place to ride other that your backyard or a loop on state property, “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.” Just because you see a track do not assume that you are legal to ride there!
In this early season stay off any ice, and please don’t drink and ride!
Thank You- MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILE ASSOCIATION
TRAIL #9 TEMPORARY BRIDGE IN CHEBOYGAN IS A GO!!!!!
When MSA was notified on October 31 by the DNR that the bridge over the Little Black River in Cheboygan was closing we immediately started brain storming about what could be done. We determined that because it was just north of where the North Central and the North-East trails connect but south of the town for access to Cheboygan was, that whole area would lose valuable revenue from snowmobilers and we would lose access to lots of the north country.
The DNR asked the club to formulate a reroute using existing roads. They did but it would not be great, over 1 ½ miles would be on pavement, the road had just added curbs with parking on one side. MSA could see from a safety standpoint that snowmobilers could not weave in and out of parked cars let alone on bare pavement. Not good but it would have to do!
A 60” span was needed, the DNR only had some 40” temporary bridges use in logging. Enter MSA members of the SAW (Snowmobile Advisory Committee), these members knew that UP Fabricating in Negaunee, MI had a bridge that just may work. Fast forward two week later, many calls between MSA, DNR, UP Fab, Cheboygan Trail Blazers. Engineering drawings being modified over and over. More calls, more drawings, fast forward to the December SAW Meeting in Christmas, MI. Rick Kauppila drove the final stamped engineering drawing over and gave them to the DNR State Trails Coordinator.
So, its not over yet, bridge is being modified, it has to be delivered, the club is quoting a company to install it and fill in the approaches. UP Fab hopes to deliver it the week of Christmas, hopefully the contractors the Trailblazer’s hired will work between the holidays!
So, a long process has a happy ending, it’s amazing when snowmobilers get a bug and can work through the system to keep a system open, so we can recreate in the sport we all have a passion for.
Thanks to all the players involved to make this happen!
UPDATE!!! December 7,2017 Black River Bridge Cheboygan!
Christmas, MI, at the Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup (SAW) meeting the finial piece of the puzzle was handed to the DNR to place a temporary bridge over the Little Black River in Cheboygan. Certified engineering documents for the placement of an 8’ wide by 62’ long bridge, with these documents the DNR can move forward and present a grant to the Cheboygan Trailblazers to complete the installation of the bridge.
MSA would like to thank the Cheboygan Trailblazers, DNR, SAW Committee members, UP Fabricating. This bridge was deemed unsafe on October 25, thanks to all involved to get a safe temporary route to the beautiful North Country.
UPDATE!!! Black River Bridge Cheboygan!
On Wednesday November 22, MSA, entertained the DNR and Saw on a conference call to discuss options for the bridge over the Little Black River. MSA & SAW members have been working with UP Fabricators in Marquette and found a solution that can have the snowmobile trail open for the winter! Will it cost some money? Yes, but the benefits will open the bridge for snowmobile use this winter, and allow the same bridge to be re fabricated to replace the current bridge once the abutments and pylons are repaired next summer. After the call the DNR took all of our recommendations and discussed them with their staff. The concern was the width of the temporary bridge. UP Fabrication owner was also on the call and assured the department that they could widen the bridge and get it installed before Christmas. One of the biggest hurdles is that the bridge will have to be taken over the Mackinaw Bridge in two pieces, and reassembled in the lower peninsula near the bridge site. MSA was notified this evening by Rep Chatfield whose office has also been involved, as the cities of Mackinaw and Cheboygan are in his district. Rep. Chatfield received confirmation this afternoon from the director that, “the 62 foot temporary bridge is being set up so it is wide enough to accommodate the groomer, as we need to make a retrofit. There is a reroute in place but the replacement bridge should be in by mid-December.” The reroute will still be marked by the Cheboygan Trailblazers, so if it snows before the completion of the bridge, snowmobilers will not be stranded. The club as well as MSA and SAW have not endorsed the reroute as it has too many miles of plowed asphalt.
Stay tuned! MSA will stay on top of this issue!
REGARDING THE BRIDGE ON TRAIL # 9 IN CHEBOYGAN
DNR Parks and Recreation was alerted this summer to the fact that this bridge may have structural issues by field staff. Heavy spring rains had eroded areas around and under the bridge causing concern. The division immediately identified funds to have an independent structural analysis done by a licensed bridge inspector. Based on their subsequent report and a meeting that was held with the engineering firm on November 2nd, it was determined that the bridge is no longer able to accommodate anything other than foot traffic. It is true that occasional trail mowing equipment crossed over the bridge during the summer months, but that was infrequent.
The Parks and Recreation Division has been trying to locate a temporary bridge that could be laid over the existing structure, but a required span length of 60 feet is not practical at this point. Field staff has been working with the clubs and have identified a reasonable and safe alternative route away from that portion of the trail to insure public safety. This will be identified for the imminent snowmobile season via a press release.
The DNR is diligently looking at funding sources that can be used to engineer and construct a new bridge in its place before the 2018/19 snowmobile season. Because it is a multi-use trail they will look at RTP (Recreational Trail Program-Federal Gas Tax), RIF (Recreation Improvement Fund), STIF (Snowmobile Trail Improvement Fund). Had this been reported earlier they could have asked for a Trust Fund Grant also but if they apply now the funding would not be available until after the 2019 season.
The Cheboygan Trail Blazers, the club that would be grooming this section of trail, held a meeting last night regarding the proposed “safe alternative route” that has been identified, this route has not been approved by the city of Cheboygan. This route just happens to be located on the newly paved city street and would not be good for snowmobile use.
Also during this meeting, it was asked to see if there may be a temporary 60′ bridge at Camp Grayling that may be used as a community service project and installed by the National Guard.
Where is MSA standing on PA 288?
First let me give you our take when the bill was introduced. The legislation started out as a bill to allow hunters the ability to legally recover big game using an ORV or pack animal, and would cause the DNR to do a Forest Road Inventory. When we looked at the proposed law the following piece was inserted that we thought, and still do, will give the DNR the ability to exempt marked groomed snowmobile trails from any use during the season.
The inventory would have to (1) identify the location, condition, and development levels of forest roads; and (2) determine types of motorized and non-motorized use currently restricted and the seasons during which they are restricted.
So fast forward, the law passed against the wishes of the DNR, and we just found out during our joint Snowmobile/ORV advisory committee that the ORV Advisory Committee was never asked for input or whether they supported it! Talking to them now they did not support it because there was not any funding mechanism in the law for all of the inventory work.
So, essentially, all forest roads not marked CLOSED will be open all year to ORV’s. What does that do to us? If the marked groomed snowmobile trail is on a Forest road not marked closed, ORV’s will be allowed!
The largest issue with our snowmobile trails is that 25% are on National Forest property (where they are not allowed off the designated ORV routes, and the 50% of our trails that are on Private property where they are not legal. Issue is that our trails are usually not marked as we travel from state owned land to private or federal lands.
We have asked the director to close all Marked groomed snowmobile trails between December 1 and March 31 with 4” or more snow on them to all wheeled vehicles. At this time the DNR wants to see if there is an issue! We have supplied them with information in certain areas that have been and will continue to be an issue of wheeled vehicles on a groomed trail.
Our thought now is to ask all of the groomer drivers to carry a camera with them and start documenting issues in their areas. Compile all of the issues and present it at the end of the season. The UP has had open trails for the last 10 years and has not been in issue, we will have to wait until the season gets under way to determine if there will be one in the lower.
Some facts, we all know that ATV’s are about 50” wide and UTV’s are about 65” wide, on an 8’ wide trail there will be conflicts. ATV’s are cold, they do not travel easily in deep snow, they do not pay anything into the Snowmobile program.
Below is the Legislative Analysis that we were presented with!
FOREST ROAD INVENTORY; USE OF ORVS;
AND USE OF PACK AND SADDLE ANIMALS
House Bill 5275 as introduced
Sponsor: Rep. Triston Cole
Committee: Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
Complete to 2-2-16
The bill would amend Part 721 (trails and trailways) and Part 811 (off-road recreation vehicles) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), as follows.
Pack and Saddle Animals
** Section 72115 deals with access to public lands by pack and saddle animals and restricts the use of such animals on state-owned land to certain pack and saddle trails. The bill would specify: “However, an individual may use a pack and saddle animal in an area in which public hunting is permitted to retrieve legally harvested large game, using the most direct route that does not enter a stream, river, or wetland except over a bridge, culvert, or similar structure.
** A new section 72117 would be added requiring the Department of Natural Resources, by December 31, 2018, to complete a comprehensive inventory of forest roads that are state roads. The term “forest road” is defined elsewhere in NREPA to refer to “a hard surfaced road, gravel or dirt road, or other route capable of travel by a 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel conventional vehicle designed for road use. Forest road does not include a street, county road, or highway.”
The inventory would have to (1) identify the location, condition, and development levels of forest roads; and (2) determine types of motorized and non-motorized use currently restricted and the seasons during which they are restricted.
The bill would require that forest roads be open to motorized use by the public unless designated otherwise by the DNR. After completion of the inventory, if a timber harvest was planned for a particular area, the department would have to evaluate whether the harvest activity offered the opportunity to connect existing forest roads and trails.
The DNR would have to post annually to its website the total miles of forest roads open to motorized use and a map or maps of those roads.
Before the department newly restricted a road or trail from being used to access public land, it would have to provide each local unit of government in which the public land is located written notice that included the reason for the restriction.
Use of ORV to Remove Game
Section 81133 describes circumstances when ORV use is prohibited, and lists exceptions to those prohibitions. The bill would rewrite the provisions that allows the use of an ORV to remove game from public land. It uses the term “legally harvested large game” instead of “deer, elk, or bear that has been taken under a valid license”; maintains the five miles per hour speed limit; and requires that “the most direct route” be used, while at the same time complying with restrictions on using ORVs in streams, rivers, bogs, wetlands, swamps, marshes, or quagmires, except over bridges, culverts, or similar structures.
The bill would repeal Section 81126. The sections appear to be obsolete planning and reporting requirements.
May 2017 ~ More on our Trust Fund…..
Senate OKs Natural Resources Trust Fund Changes
A dispute between the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board and legislators prompted the Senate on Wednesday to pass a bill appropriating $7.7 million to fund 43 projects the board nixed and another bill overhauling how project decisions are made.
Under the legislation, SB 280, the list of projects recommended by the trust fund board would have to be based on the accounting of revenue available and proposed appropriations for public recreation projects would have to equal 25 percent of the prior year’s interest and earnings from the trust fund and 25 percent of additional appropriations.
The bill also requires the board’s list of recommended projects to include the Department of Natural Resources’ scoring of those projects and allows the Legislature to appropriate money from the stabilization account of the trust fund. The bill would limit members of the trust fund board to serving two terms.
SB 76 appropriated the money for the 43 projects.
Sen. Darwin Booher (R-Evart), the bill sponsor, said he questioned why projects that scored sufficiently would not be funded. All 43 projects scored sufficiently, and he questioned why the trust fund would not spend the interest and earnings available.
Mr. Booher said there is a dispute as to whether the Legislature can appropriate funds to projects not recommended by the trust fund and the DNR has requested an opinion from the Department of Attorney General.
Three Republicans – Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, Sen. Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights and Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City – joined 11 Democrats in opposition to the bill.
Mr. Booher said the Legislature has decided not to fund projects, so it clearly has the right to add projects.
“This is oil and gas money, it belongs to all the people, so use it out in your local communities. Use it,” he said. “That’s what it’s for, not just building up a fund.”
Booher Bill Unconstitutionally Meddling In Trust Fund Decisions
A bill that opponents say would unconstitutionally insert the Legislature into the Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) project recommendation process won’t be sitting around and collecting dust, according to the chair of the committee it’s sitting in now.
SB 0280 gives the Legislature more power to pick some extra boat ramps, trail bridges and other parks/nature preserve infrastructure projects, which the NRTF pays for through oil and gas revenues. The bill also requires that more proposed projects be funded and that the turn-around completion time be no more than two years at a time when the NRTF is amply funded.
Sen. Dave HILDENBRAND (R-Lowell), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said last week SB 0280 could see a hearing in a few weeks.
Bill sponsor Sen. Darwin BOOHER (R-Evart) said the bill was born out of a number of concerns he’s had with the way the NRTF Board has gone about its business of scoring and selecting public recreation projects to be recommended for funding to the Legislature.
“Why aren’t you doing these local projects that you have in there, that have been scored? Why don’t you do these development projects that you’ve scored but don’t fund?” Booher said he was asking of the NRTF Board.
The NRTF, upon hitting $500 million in the proceeds it receives from the sales and leases of state-owned mineral rights in 2011, has no new revenue coming besides the interest it earns off that $500 million “corpus,” as it’s referred to, said Steve DeBRABANDER, manager of the grants management section at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). That previous revenue will now head toward the parks endowment fund.
So DeBrabander said the NRTF Board, assuming interest earned of 5.5 percent each year, developed a spending plan of 2.5 percent, with the difference going toward helping growing the pot of money available over time. But he said the NRTF Board could deviate that spending plan any time it wants.
However, Booher, chair of the Joint Capital Outlay Appropriations Subcommittee, said he found 199 past projects selected and funded by the Legislature had not yet been completed — including one dating back to 2009 that was unfinished. He said of the 70 projects funded last year, only two had been done.
The DNR staff score projects for the NRTF Board, which take those and make recommendations for funding to the Legislature.
Booher said the DNR wouldn’t score requests if they weren’t a quality project, so his bill is allowing lawmakers to add projects for approval and funding that weren’t recommended by the NRTF Board, but were scored by the DNR.
Hildenbrand said there are more applicants than what the Legislature is funding, and there is money to fund more projects.
“What kind of framework should we put in place to . . . fund as many projects as we can?” Hildenbrand said. “There’s more applicants that potentially could be funded, in different ways, and we’re just exploring what those opportunities are.”
SB 0280 also would put a two-year time limit on completing projects, otherwise the money would be returned to the NRTF. “These projects shouldn’t be sitting out there undone,” Booher said.
The DNR opposes the bill. DNR spokesperson Ed GOLDER said the time limit focuses on the exception and would result in local projects being only partially completed. He added that more than 88 percent of NRTF projects that are at least two years old have been completed.
When asked about that, Booher said he was open to discussion on that point.
But that’s among the issues opponents have with the bill, in that what Booher is proposing is legislative interference with the decision-making power of the board, which they say is constitutionally protected.
“The constitution states that the Board ‘shall recommend projects to be funded,'” Golder said in an email. “It does not give authority to the Legislature to recommend projects for funding.”
But Booher said he sees it as the Legislature having the authority to spend, and the NRTF Board to recommend. When proceeds from the sale and lease of state-owned mineral rights reached $500 million, Booher said, “something happened” that caused them to “just store money above that $500 million.”
Booher also took issue with how projects were scored and recommended, above a certain line that he said were dumped in favor of some DNR projects that ended up scoring below that line.
“That’s not right, and that’s not the way it should be done, and so . . . that’s what brought this bill,” he said.
DeBrabander said the NRTF Board sets the criteria for scoring, but still has discretion to deviate from its own criteria in selecting projects, and did so on a few projects this past year for a number of reasons, including funding projects related to the Iron Belle Trail — local or DNR.
Golder said SB 0280 would require an amount equal to 25 percent of NRTF expenditures be awarded to development projects, while the constitution says not more than 25 percent be used for development projects.
In other words, the NRTF would be required to spend up to 25 percent on the development projects, rather than just merely having the option to do so.
Booher is also putting two-year term-limits on NRTF Board members, which includes Bill RUSTEM, who played a big role in getting the NRTF passed in the first place.
Rustem said voters have made it clear that they want the NRTF Board handling the decisions on these public recreation investments, not the Legislature.
He said there’s always be tension between the Legislature and the Executive branches, and disagreement with how decisions are made, but Rustem said he believes the Judiciary branch would strike down the bill as unconstitutional.
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THE MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILE TRAIL PERMIT WILL NOT INCREASE
Many of you have called and voiced your opinion about the possibility of the permit increasing to $60. The Michigan legislature has made it very clear that they have also heard you, and will not increase the permit. So where does the money come from to keep the program working to keep your trails safe and smooth.
MSA went to the Capitol on November 30th and presented our program and the need for additional funding to officials in the governor’s office and members of the legislature.
Our state legislature has put $32 million of our tax dollars to the Pure Michigan tourism campaign. These tax dollars are being used to promote tourism in our state. State officials say that they are doing this because of the campaign’s ROI (Return of Investment) of those tax dollars. Statistics from Pure Michigan show that for every $1 spent promoting Michigan through Pure Michigan, $7 comes back to the state in terms of goods and services purchased.
We presented these facts. Out of their own pockets snowmobilers purchase trail permits to fund the snowmobile program. That number is nearly $6 million. The snowmobile program also receives another $2 million from a small return of YOUR gasoline tax. YOU paid this tax. This means that snowmobilers pay $8 million to self-fund the snowmobile program. WE pay to play.
Let’s now take what snowmobilers pay out of pocket and divide that $8 million number into snowmobiling’s economic impact on this state — $500 million.
The ROI this state receives on YOUR investment is $62.50 for every $1 YOU the snowmobiler puts into YOUR sport.
So, for every tax $1 spent by YOU on Pure Michigan, the state sees a ROI of $7. The ROI the state realizes on every dollar YOU the snowmobiler spends is $62.50. The state funds Pure Michigan because it sees an average $7 ROI of every dollar spent, and snowmobiling provides a $62.50 ROI for every dollar WE spend.
Using this analogy of ROI, isn’t it about time that the state puts some tourism dollars into the snowmobile program?
So, with that question we were tasked to back up our needs. That’s where the 10-year budget that MSA and the DNR has just completed came in. We will be able to show them our projections and the needs for the future. We are busy completing the needs for maintenance of bridges and the need for new bridges, culverts and other projects for the maintenance of our trails. We already know the need for equipment replacements, so hopefully with this information the legislature will see the need to invest in a solid ROI for the Michigan Snowmobile Program. Stay tuned the new legislature will start working on the state budget right after the Governor’s office presents his budget requests for the 2017/2018 fiscal year. Stay Tuned!
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