Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest and Recreation Partners Prep for 30 Percent Cut in Trail Budgets

from Independent Record, March 28, 2016

The January announcement caught many Montana recreation groups off guard -- the U.S. Forest Service was changing its formula for funding trail maintenance, de-emphasizing miles of wilderness trails while favoring visitor numbers and population centers. That meant increasing maintenance budgets in some more populated regions while lower-population Idaho and Montana put nearly a third of its program budgets on the chopping block.

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AMA Member Tested: SPOT Gen3

Real-Time Tracking, Peace of Mind

MSRP: $149.99; plus $99.99 per year for tracking service (includes $50 AMA member discount)

By Jim Williams

I’ve been a fan of this technology for several years and was an early-adopter of Spot’s original GEN1 device and service. The device operates by sending digital signals directly to orbiting satellites from anywhere on the globe. These messages are transmitted back to Spot’s central command center where, if necessary, search and rescue resources are contacted to come find you. They make every effort to use the most expedient methods necessary, including helicopters.

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Elk Habitat Effectiveness: The Nonsense Parameter

by Dan Thompson, Ravalli County Off Road User Assn.

While Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has the responsibility of managing wildlife populations on Federal land, the Forest Service is tasked to manage the habitat for wildlife. Elk are considered to be an indicator species for most other ungulates, so the focus of state and Federal biologists is on counting, analyzing and managing elk populations.

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Colorado OHV Clubs Share Tips & Tools They Use To Grow and Prosper

by Dave Halsey, NOHVCC Contributing Writer

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

The same goes for OHV clubs and State Associations. Those that continually pound their members to work on trail project after trail project, may find themselves with fewer and fewer volunteers showing up. On the other hand, those that keep trail days fun, and hold a variety of enjoyable club rides and events throughout the year -- inviting to members of all ages -- stay active and growing.

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We Must Pool Trail and Route Inventory NOW!

By: Mona Ehnes, MTVRA

Earlier I sent out a request to all MTVRA members asking for anyone who knows trails or rides within the BLM Hi-Line area to reply or send me a message. As of this date, it appears that no one rides the BLM Hi-Line area or maybe there are just no trails. This is written with “tongue-in-cheek” as I know there is someone out there that has information.

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