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NEWS & OPINION


Snowmobiling on Forest Service Lands Being Challenged by Non-Motorized Groups
Posted: 1/19/2012

As you know, the WWA, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to"promoting and preserving winter wildlands and quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands". They work endlessly to do everything they can to force the Forest Service to severely restrict or eliminate our use.

You may recall the WWA petitioned the Forest Service a couple of years ago challenging the Travel Management Rule, specifically the over-snow vehicle (OSV) exclusion. You may recall that over-snow use was treated differently than summer uses for good reasons; we have different impacts. Last year at our Fly-In the Forest Service announced their response to the Petition, which upheld the OSV exclusion. That did not work so now they are trying in the courts.

In late November, the WWA filed a lawsuit against the Forest Service in Idaho challenging the Travel Management Rule and the OSV exclusion. In early November, the WWA filed a lawsuit against the Forest Service in California challenging the environmental impacts of the OSV Program and not conducting NEPA analysis.

ACSA is partnering with the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and will petition for intervener status in that case.
ACSA is working with ISMA on the California case and plans to petition to intervene when appropriate.

Other groups will also seek to intervene. ACSA will continue to work on behalf of the snowmobile community to protect snowmobile use on public lands.

The decision in both of these cases will impact the use of snowmobiles on National Forest lands across the country.

It costs WWA virtually nothing to file these lawsuits. It will be very expensive to defend against those that do not want snowmobiles on the National Forests.

That is why we are asking for your support. Please take a few minutes to write a check to preserve our way of snowmobile recreation.
All contributions to ACSA and ISSA will go directly to defending these lawsuits and not into any administration.

For additional information, please contact the ACSA office at 517-351-4362 or Sandra Mitchell at ISSA 208-424-3870.
Contributions can be sent to ACSA Legal Action, 271 Woodland Pass, East Lansing, MI 48823 or the ISSA Snowmobile Defense Fund, 10400 Overland Road, Boise, ID 83616.