AMA Names Russ Ehnes 2017 Outstanding Off-Road Rider

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

The American Motorcyclist Association recently announced the recipients of its 2017 AMA Awards. The individuals and organizations selected by the AMA Board of Directors have made outstanding contributions to the motorcycling community; and their efforts support the AMA mission to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As reported in the official AMA press release:

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New ‘Friends’ Group Formed

Russ Ehnes

The Friends of the Little Belts met in Great Falls and adopted their bylaws, mission statement and elected officers.  Articles of Incorporation were filed in January marking the official start-up date of the group.  Officers elected at the March meeting were President, Russ Ehnes, 1st Vice President, Frank LaLiberty, 2nd Vice President Scott Davis, Directors at Large: Scott Herzog, Peter Jennings & Ron Shortridge.  Secretary appointed, and not filled, Treasurer, Mona Ehnes.

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Russ Ehnes Transitioning Out Of Position As NOHVCC Executive Director

by Karen Umphress | Jan 12, 2017

Great Falls, MT, January 12, 2017 -- The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) announced today that Russ Ehnes has expressed his intent to leave his position as Executive Director, effective June 1st, 2017. Ehnes, who has held that position for nearly 20 years, will be shifting gears to other opportunities in off-highway vehicle recreation, including managing the Bull Run Guest Ranch, near Great Falls, Montana.   

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*NEW* Off-Highway Vehicle Nonresident Temporary Use Permit FAQ’s

1. What is the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Nonresident Temporary Use Permit?

The permit allows nonresidents the opportunity to legally ride their OHV’s in Montana. The Montana State Legislature passed House Bill 167 in early 2015, which restructures the requirements for the OHV nonresident temporary use permit to more closely reflect the regulations in the surrounding states.

2. When do the regulation changes become effective?

These new requirements will go into effect October 1, 2015.

3. Who must purchase the permit?

Nonresidents who wish to ride their OHV’s in Montana must purchase the permit.

4. Who is exempt?

An OHV registered in an adjacent state that does not require payment of a fee to use OHV’s registered in Montana in that state, and will only be used temporarily in Montana for not more than 30 days. At this time, those states are Idaho and North Dakota.

5. How long is the permit valid?

The permit is valid for one calendar year. The calendar year is stated on the permit, and runs from January 1st to December 31st.

6. What is the cost?

Permits cost $27 each.

7. Where do I put the permit?

The permit should be placed on the OHV in “a conspicuous manner.” This means the permit should be clearly identifiable from a distance.

8. Where do I get one?

Permits can be purchased from many local vendors or online.  A list of all the vendors and a link to purchase them online through the Automated Licensing System (ALS) can be found at   http://stateparks.mt.gov/recreation/ohvProgram.html under “OHV Permits and Laws.”

9. What are the revenues from the permit used for?

Revenue from each permit will be divided as follows:

  • $1 to Search and Rescue
  • $1 to the permit seller
  • $1.50 into grants to mitigate and eradicate noxious weeds along OHV trails
  • $2.50 towards enforcement of OHV laws
  • $6 into operations for OHV education
  • $15 into grants to maintain OHV trails

DNRC Hires Public Access Specialist

Ryan Weiss was hired as the Public Access Specialist for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, a new position created by Governor Steve Bullock to lead public-access acquisition and enhancement initiatives for state and federal lands. Weiss previously worked on land use and water resource issues in northern New Mexico for the U.S. Forest Service, the State of New Mexico, Tribal Government and environmental consulting firms. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and two masters’ degrees from the University of New Mexico in community and regional planning and water resources.

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Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

From: http://www.yamahaoai.com/

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is dedicated to those who work and play outdoors including, but not limited to, those who rely on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to ride, camp, hunt, fish or farm.

Supporting the outdoor enthusiast, the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative’s mission is to provide practical support for efforts that promote safe, responsible use of OHVs, educate the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands.

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Tread Lightly! Announces 25 Partner-Funded Stewardship Projects Across Nation

TreadLightly logo. SALT LAKE CITY – In one of the most ambitious Restoration for Recreation™ initiatives in its history, Tread Lightly! has awarded funding for 25 stewardship projects throughout the country.  The projects will capstone the celebration of Tread Lightly!’s 25 year anniversary.  Funding was made possible through a partnership with the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, Federal Premium Ammunition, Bushnell and the Dallas Safari Club.

The initiative, named 25 for 25, includes projects in 18 states.  Each is spearheaded by Tread Lightly! members or agency partners, including enthusiast clubs, Boy Scout troops, nonprofits, and individuals.  All are expected to be completed by the end of summer, 2016. Off-highway trails, shooting ranges, campgrounds, hunting areas, and other sites will all benefit from the program.

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2016 CTVA Fun Run

More than 109 people enjoyed this year’s CTVA Fun Run at Hellgate campground on Canyon Ferry Lake over Father’s Day weekend. The weather was sunny and beautiful aside from a Friday evening thunder shower. The Friday evening “potluck dinner” was a big hit with everyone. One Way Marine provided the main course of fried chicken, and members brought numerous delicious side dishes. Following the dinner a discussion was held with local law enforcement officers concerning laws that apply to OHV riders.

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With Gratitude from Mona Ehnes

Thank you to all members who have been consistently donating extra money with their renewals.  With those donations our trail maintenance fund is now at $3500.   The special t-shirts are still in the production stage, not forgotten.  The extra donations to the MTVRA Special Fund (legal) came to $2900 for the last year.   The extra donations are appreciated and I promise not to come up with another cause for donations.

2016 ATVMX Series Schedule Announced

from AMA ATV E News

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - MX Sports Pro Racing and the ATV Promoters Group (ATVPG) are pleased to announce the 2016 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) series schedule. The 31st Annual AMA ATV Motocross Championship will feature 10 amateur rounds and 11 AMA Pro points rounds, visiting many of the most legendary facilities in addition to a new stop on the circuit.

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