The following topics were brought before the board:
Hire a Lobbyist for 2021 Legislative Session - Russ presented Roger Hagan’s proposal to be a Lobbyist on behalf of MTVRA for the 2021 Legislative Session. Bob Walker discussed the upcoming session and the changes proposed in SB38 to correct the Trail Pass Bill. Russ made the motion to hire Roger for this session, which was seconded by Doug Abelin, and the motion passed.
Planned Date for the MTVRA General Membership meeting - The date for the annual MTVRA General Membership meeting was set for February 23, 2021 and will be conducted by conference call starting at 6:30. The announcement will be in the Montana Trail Rider Newsletter and should be in members hands within the days required in the bylaws. Same phone in and access numbers. (Call in number: (425) 436-6320 Access code: 615553)
Information Shared about E-bike Rules - LC1760 is a proposed bill for e-bike use management. There is no finalized language at this time, however the BLM has final rule and USFS will have final e-bike rule soon. Local clubs should pay attention to this topic and encourage e-bike riders on motorized trails. Watch for motorized trails getting proposed for quiet use & e-bikes.
Great Western Trail Update – Not much happened this past year to progress the Great Western Trail, due to COVID restrictions and interference. Kent Wellner had planned to talk to rangers, prior to COVID, so we wait to hear more from him.
2021 Grant Programs - Russ made the motion for MTVRA to apply for the following Trail Tractor Maintenance grants for the upcoming season, which was seconded by Bill Black, and the motion passed.
- $50,000 from the Recreational Trails Program (2 years),
- $50,000 from (SB24) the new Montana Trail Stewardship Program (2 years),
- $100.000 from (SB355) the Summer Motorized Trail Pass Program (3 years), and
- $20,000 from the OHV grant, for project with agency.
Update about the previous request for legal assistance from the Bitterroot Ridge Runners – The request has been canceled because the club no nondeer needs the additional funds. They reached an agreement with their legal team.
Discussion planning for the 2021 State Ride event – The board will continue to explore possible options for an organized event, if the COVID lockdown situation improves. Russ mentioned he will be representing AMA in his involvement with the BMW Motorcycle Owners rally planned for June 24th through the 27th in Great Falls this summer.
Hell-Gate Mine purchase discussion – There was a discussion about how this mine purchase has resulted in closure of access the trail there. There is a Missoula county commission meeting agenda item and a resolution regarding all-terrain vehicles. Bob will forward information about it to the board members.
Other Information and Discussion Items
- 2021 Legislative Night and Luncheon in the Rotunda are cancelled
- Doug Abelin made a motion that MTVRA pay the dues of $265.00 to renew our annual membership to the Treasure State Resource Association for the year, which Nic seconded and the motion passed.
- Treasurers report will be sent to Board members as requested.
Russ moved to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Nic, and the motion passed.
Mona Ehnes, Sec/Treas.