AuSable Valley Snowmobile Assoc. March newsletter – February Newsletter correction – I stated AVSA to date had groomed 1345 miles of trail requiring 198 volunteer hours for an average of 6.75 miles per hour. Those numbers were only for the month of January. Sorry for the error.
Trail Updates – Year to Date 3,295 miles groomed – roughly 1,000 less miles than last year.
The snowmobile season maybe pretty much over, however, end of season maintenance work on the groomers goes on. This year’s lack of a good base has caused above normal wear on drag cutter blades and on other components. Keith estimates 40 to 50 hours of maintenance will be required to prep tractors and drags for summer storage.
General Membership Meetings– Our last regularly scheduled General Membership Meeting for this season will be on Thursday, April 7th at the Ramada Inn of Grayling starting at 7:pm. Our meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Newsletter – This will be the last Newsletter for the 2010-2011 season; AVSA Newsletters for the 2011-2012 season will begin in August.
Debbie Stabenow U.S. Senator – recently sent a letter to Barry Paulson, Huron-Manistee National Forest to urge the Forest Service to preserve access to hunting, snowmobiling and other recreational activities in the Huron-Manistee National Forest. A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals required the U.S. Forest Service to revise its management plan for the Forest, which could result in more areas being closed to hunting and snowmobiling. Senator Stabenow went on to say, “She is deeply committed to protecting our rights to access and enjoy our public lands and will continue to closely monitor this situation”.
MSA Snow Show changing location and dates – Be sure to mark your calendar; the Snow Show will now be held at US-131 Motorsports Park near Martin, Michigan September 23-24, 2011.
Michigan Historic Snowmobile Registration Law – Effective October 1st, 2011 snowmobiles that are 25 years old or older at the time of registration qualify for a one time $50 registration fee and will be exempt from the Michigan Snowmobile Trail Permit requirements. The Historic Snowmobile registration will remain valid for as long as the snowmobile is owned by the person who registered it as a Historic Snowmobile.
Season end – This has not been one of the better seasons for snowmobiling, but we did manage some nice rides from time to time. With 40 to 50 degree temperatures this week I will be putting up the snowmobiles for the season and getting the Walleye fishing boat ready for ice off. See you in the fall, have a safe summer!
AVSA Board of Directors
Pres.-Rich Filley V.P.-Tom Everly Secretary-Mike Miller Grooming-Keith Miles
Safety-Art Fisette Web & Treas.-Rob Tomlinson B.O.D.-Bob Smith
B.O.D.-Bill Weaver B.O.D.-Mike Brown
Contact via US mail at: AVSA, PO Box 1176, Grayling, MI 49738
Or visit us at: www.GoSledGrayling.org
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