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WSSA President Jeff Moberg

We had a great Fall Meeting in Casper last month and I am grateful for all the directors and others who made it. We have a very limited meeting schedule each year and usually have a lot of material to go over so it is important that we get as many directors to attend as possible. A few of the highlights from our meeting: State Trails - Due to decreased income from registration sales over the last couple of years, the state is facing the possibility of having to make reductions in the trails budget. Where and how those reductions will be made are still being worked out. It is their hope that they will be able to develop a budget that does not reduce grooming activities and we certainly support them in that effort. Fundraising - The WSSA will again do a shared raffle for Cabelas gift cards much the same as we have for the past couple of years. This is a win-win fundraiser for your club and the WSSA. All the risk and expenses for the prizes, tickets, etc. are assumed by the WSSA while all tickets you sell will be split between your club and the WSSA. I hope everyone will take advantage of the opportunity this presents for your club and make the most of it. Prizes of $1000, $750, $500 and 20 - $50 winners will be awarded this year so the odds are good that your area will see some winners. Another important and simple fundraiser is the Ski Doo Million$ club support program. Once again this year BRP will give clubs $10 for each person that drops a registration form in the box at their participating Ski Doo dealer. It is a no-strings-attached money-maker for your clubs so please take advantage of it. Club of the Year - We agreed to change up the club of the year points system to allow more clubs to be competitive - regardless of size - and to align more closely with modern efforts of the WSSA and clubs. Many of the judging categories stayed the same while others were removed and new ones added. I think the new format will be welcomed and will make the competition a bit more exciting. I will have a sheet outlining the changes out to your club very soon. Directors needed - If your club/district does not currently have a director appointed or actively attending meetings, it is important to encourage a member to fill that position. The role of director does not have to be particularly demanding but it is vital to making our organization remain strong. If you are interested in becoming a director or participating at any level, feel free to contact me any time and I would be happy to visit with you about it. Until next month, Jeff

Deadline for the November issue: October 26 The Wyoming Snowmobile Wrangler is the official newspaper of the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association and is provided to the association’s members through their paid memberships. It is published seven times annually: September through March.

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In This Issue

3-5 Directory & Schedule 4 District Reports 5 Club Reports 6-11 News 11-16 Associates 15-16 Board Reports

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Riders cross over the Greys River in Western Wyoming.


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Directory

Wyoming Clubs

Bearlodge Snowmobile Association - David Jundt - (307) 283-3514, P.O. Box 1084, Sundance, WY 82729

www.snowmobilewyoming.org

Officers President: Jeff Moberg - (307) 283-3411 P.O. Box 400, Sundance, WY 82729 wrangler@sundancetimes.com

Vice President: Bert Miller 4330 Pat O’Hara Mtn Dr., Cody, WY 82414 b.miller1962@hotmail.com Secretary/Treasurer: Shannon McYoung - (307) 883-3950 P.O. Box 11051, Jackson, WY 83002 smcyoung@hotmail.com

Appointees

Legislative Chairman: Jeff Moberg (307) 283-3411 Historian: Brad Loecker bradprh@vcn.com

Big Horn Mountain Snomads - Ed Novak - (307) 746-8188, P.O. Box 397, Sheridan, WY 82801 Big Horn Sno-Goers - Mike Siegfried - (307) 431-0885, P.O. Box 664, Worland, WY 82401, bighornsnogoers@ gmail.com

Campbell County Sno-Goers - Matt Goven - (307) 685-8146, P.O. Box 5150, Gillette, WY 82717 Casper Snow Gypsies - Rick Nyquist - (307) 262-4925, P.O. Box 3301, Casper, WY 82602 caspersnowgypsies@ yahoo.com

Cody Country Snowmobile Association - Bert Miller - 4330 Pat O’Hara Mtn Dr., Cody, WY 82414, bnbnkids@bresnan.net, www.codycountrysnowmobileassociation.com

Dubois Sno-Katers - Johanna Thompson - (307) 455-3719, 4127 US Highway 26, P.O. Box 1064, Dubois, WY 82513

Jackson Hole Snow Devils - Heidi Tobin- (307) 734-9653, P.O. Box 4276, Jackson, WY 83001, www. snowdevils.org, mail@snowdevils.org

Lander Snowdrifters - Dave Pendleton - (307) 332-2637, P.O. Box 281, Lander, WY 82520 Pinedale Snow Explorers - George W. Pryich - (307) 382-2879 or (307) 350-6759, P.O. Box 1124, Pinedale, WY 82941

Powder River Sno-Buffs - Jeff Stol - (307) 684-7727, P.O. box 754, Buffalo, WY 82834, shrngastelum@yahoo. com

Safety Chairman: Lou Grunewald, Sr. – (307) 234-9000 1743 E. Yellowstone – Casper, WY 82601

Riverton Sno-Goers - Michelle Buzalsky - (307) 349-4640, P.O. Box 305, Riverton, WY 82501, wyocowgirl@

Charity Chairperson: Bev Stahl - (307) 655-9440 P.O.Box 364 - Ranchester, WY 82839

Snowy Range Snowmobile Club - Craig Barthelmes - (307) 742-4773, 130 Jackalope Ct., Laramie, WY

Directors District #1 - Platte, Goshen, Laramie, Albany Counties: Edie Barthelmes (307) 742-4773 cebarthelmes@bresnan.net District #2 - Carbon County: Vacant

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Sour Doughs - Phil & Jo Karstoft - P.O. Box 1602, Rock Springs, WY 82902, karstoft@aol.com Lincoln County Snowbears - Brett Rilter - (307) 828-9064, Box 322, Kemmerer, WY 83101 Sweetwater Snowpokes - Robert Chandler - (307) 875-4162, P.O. Box 1731, Rock Springs, WY 82902, snowpokes@yahoo.com

Top of the Rockies - Tyler Peterson, P.O. Box 3386, Alpine, WY 83128, tyandmitzi@silverstar.com, alpinetopoftherockies.com

District #3 - Teton and part of Lincoln Counties Mike Kirkwood - (307) 413-1490 kirkwood700@yahoo.com

Barrett Building, 4th Floor, 2301 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002 Permits and general information: (307) 777-7477, Fax: (307) 777-6472

District #4 - Sheridan County: Vacant

Brad Hill– Trails Program Manager (307) 332-5036, Fax: (307) 332-3469

District #5 - Park, Big Horn, Washakie and Hot Springs Counties Mike Kelly – (307) 527-732 mikekelly39@hotmail.com District #6 - Weston, Niobrara, Crook and Campbell Counties: Paul Marker -(307) 660-6187 margaretmarker@yahoo.com District #7 - Fremont County Rocky Treese – (307) 851-3022 ltreese63@gmail.com

Chris McNeil –Safety Coordinator (307) 335-8747, Fax, (307) 332-3469, Cell: (307) 349-6365

On the web at: wyotrails.state.wy.us

Regional Trails Supervisors: P.O. Box 1429, 125 Sunflower, Lander, WY 82520 (307) 332-8229, Fax: (307) 8230 Ron McKinney - Ext. 223, Cell: (307) 349-2886 Jim Spriggs - Ext. 222, Cell: (307) 349-1133

District #8 - Natrona and Converse Counties Lou Grunewald, Sr. – (307) 234-9000 District #9 - Sweetwater and Uinta Counties: Vacant District #10 - Johnson and Washakie Counties Tony Niswender - (307) 660-8720 niswender@collinscom.net District #11 - Uinta and parts of Lincoln Counties: Vacant District #12 - Dubois and parts of Fremont Counties Fred Ziegler dunnpumpin1@dteworld.com District #13 - Sublette County Debbee Miller – (307) 360-6370 bumblebee.miller@gmail.com District #14 - Crook County: David Jundt - (307) 283-3514 dtjundt@rangeweb.net

Schedule of Events Big Horn Snow Goers Meeting - Tues., Oct. 12, 6 p.m., Rumors in Worland Lander Snowdrifters Meeting - , Tues., Oct. 12, 6 p.m., Oxbow Restaurant in Lander Pinedale Snow Explorers Meeting - Sat., Nov., 13, 6 p.m., Library in Pinedale Pink Ribbon Riders Meet & Greet - March 17, Jackson Hole Pink Ribbon Riders 4th Annual Wyoming Snow Run - March 18-19, Togwotee Mtn., Moran World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb - March 24-27, Jackson Bucky’s Outdoors’ 50th Anniversary Open House - June 11, Pinedale


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Bert Miller

It was great to see everyone at our fall meeting in Casper this past month; we had a great turnout and covered a lot of issues during our four hour meeting. There are a lot of issues across our state and we will have to keep our ears wide open and take on any rumor we hear and put out the fires before they become an inferno. As we go along this year please let Jeff or myself know if we can help on any issues that come up. Let’s keep our eye on Yellowstone Park and the Shoshone Forest. One of the things that Jeff and I have talked about is that it would very informational for everyone that reads the Wrangler to have reports from

the district representatives. What each district is up to or of any issues they may be facing or anything at all. Just a reminder, there is an award available through the Wyoming State Trails office. To be considered for this award your club has to nominate one of your members that has gone above and beyond the call of duty and served the club for ten years or more. This award is given out at Fun Days. If you need more information on this award you can contact Brad Hill at the Wyoming State Trails office. This was a new award last year and the winner was Tony Simek from Cody. Well let’s make this a fun year and let’s start doing the snow dance. Bert

WSSA Secretary/Treasurer Shannon McYoung

Snowmobile season is right around the corner and with the recent snow in the mountains and cooler days I’m sure you are all preparing for some winter fun! It is also that time of year for the snowmobile clubs to begin holding monthly meetings, social events and fundraisers. Please encourage your friends, family, acquaintances, and any fellow snowmobilers to join their local clubs. It is a wonderful opportunity as we all know to have fun and meet a wonderful group of people! There is another critical reason to encourage new membership in your clubs as well. A portion of your club dues go to the WSSA to assist with the fight to keep access open so we can all continue to enjoy

District Reports

District 12/ District 13 Debbee Miller Dubois Sno-Katers

Hello and Happy Autumn! As you read this, I hope you are all well and ready for the coming winter season. Time to dig out the gear and the sleds and prepare for Winter fun Fred Ziegler  and follies! We’ve got the snowthrowHello from Dubois. It has been ers out but it is 75 degrees!! Go a beautiful but cool month of figure.... September. The Sno-Katers will Some of you may already know that be having their first meeting of the I will no longer be your District 13 year on October 5 with a carry in Director. I am hoping someone with dinner at the Headwaters. Mark new enthusiasm and vigor will step your calendars that our meetings up to replace me. The Snow Explorare held on the first Tuesday of ers have a meeting coming up in Noeach month from October through vember at which I will address this. April. I want to thank everyone on the The Sno-Katers and the local ATV WSSA Board for always being so club was asked to help in a search welcoming, fun and easy to work and rescue of a lost ATV’er. A local with. GO TEAM! resident went out on her ATV lookEveryone is invited to Bucky’s ing for rocks, went down a steep Outdoors’ 50th Anniversary Open incline and was trying to go back House next June 11, 2011. Put it up the incline when she rolled the on your calendar! There will be lots machine. She spent the night outof great food (and I mean GREAT) doors. She was able to light a fire to and giveaways (like a Polaris stay warm. She was found the next RZR), as well as an autograph morning with a slight head injury session with some special and a lot of bruises, but otherwise guests! Stay tuned. was fine and is back delivering mail. Keep an open mind, appreciAfter the club found out they were ate the little things, and don’t not needed anymore they proceeded forget to smile and laugh once to do the fall highway cleanup. in a while!! Life can get way too Think Snow. From the nice weather serious.... we are having now, it is hard to Until next time, think snowmobiling. Debbee Miller

snowmobiling and our great outdoors! If you have not done so already I encourage you to PLEASE read page 8 of the September Wrangler issue. Kim Raap provides a detailed report on some of the access issues we are currently facing. In case you are unsure of exactly what the WSSA does, we fight for your right to continue snowmobiling. Plain and simple. We should not take access for granted as we are in a constant fight against many groups who want to eliminate snowmobiling and our ability to enjoy public lands. Thank you! I hope you all enjoy the rest of the fall. Take care and stay safe!

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Sell tickets for the WSSA gift card raffle and your club keeps 50%. No strings attached. Tickets available from your director or by contacting Shannon McYoung at smcyoung@hotmail.com


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Club Reports

Big Horn Mountain Snomads John Mitchell

The Big Horn Mountain Snomads had an active summer with most of the time spent on the remodel of the Sawmill Divide Warming Hut. Thanks to a donation from the “Bad Boys” at Bear Lodge and other donations made during the winter, new siding, flooring��and paint were purchased. The old siding was removed and replaced and new flooring was put down and then painted as were the walls. The place looks great and the Snomads will spend some time this fall gathering wood, cutting and splitting and getting ready for winter. We also did our highway cleanup, from Red Grade Parking Lot to Owen Creek in July and a considerable amount of litter was picked up and hauled off the mountain. Our first meeting will be on October 7 at the Elks Lodge, 45 W. Brundage, Sheridan, WY at 7:30 p.m. We encourage anyone who is interested in helping in planning activities this winter to attend the meeting and become an active member of the club. We will also be electing officers who will be guiding the club for the next year so if you are interested, please plan to attend. We welcome all new members and would enjoy having some new faces and ideas for activities.

Hello from the Bearlodge Mountains and the beautiful Black Hills. Here we are its that time of year again to schedule club meetings and set tentative dates for events, we held our Easter egg hunt a week late for the second consecutive year due to snowy conditions and of course our spring garbage pickup is always a popular event. We may have to consider some type of RSVP to make sure there is enough trash for everyone. I would have to say the highlight of our off season this summer was that we held our first annual Sundance Grass Drags, we tried to keep the event somewhat low key because the majority of us were a little unsure of what to expect. As it turns out things went surprisingly well, although there might be a small number of those who had to keep times and set brackets that would argue that. We had a good showing of racers and several volunteers from both inside the club and non-members, just as importantly a surprisingly large spectator crowd. Events like these are always great publicity for our club, a great way to pick up new members and a way to bring snowmobiling into the light during a time of year when many have forgotten about us. Several of our club members have received a lot of positive feedback on the event and many are already looking forward to next summer when we can do it again so plan on keeping a weekend open near the end of July.

Casper Snow Gypsies Rick Nyquist

Fall is officially here and the Casper club has started to prepare for the riding season. Last weekend we held a work session on Casper Mountain to fill the warming huts with firewood. Thank you to all who showed up to help, we had a good turnout and the work went by quickly. Then a relaxing afternoon picnic/barbeque at Lloyd and Joan LaFave’s to cap it off. The kids had fun playing down by the pond and the big kids just enjoyed the great afternoon weather on the mountain. The WSSA fall meeting was held here in Casper on September 18 and quite a few attended. I had the chance to attend for the Snow Gypsies and enjoyed catching up with folks I usually only see once a year at Fun Days. Topics included everything from trial grooming to scholarships/charity funding for next year. Most of the regional directors who attended agree that membership statewide is one of the biggest challenges we face and a way to generate interest for all family members both young and old should help us get the membership numbers back on the rise. October 7 will be our first club meeting for the season, we will discuss the year’s schedule of events and begin planning our Christmas Parade float for late November. The rest of the month is usually pretty slow as most club members are busy with hunting season and getting home and hearth ready for both winter and the holidays. This is the time of year to start getting the trailer and sleds ready for winter also, start attending to bearing packs on trailer axles and get that deck wood treated and protected. Air up the tires and make sure the hitch latches work and are lubricated, last but not least check that the wiring and lights still work as advertised. There is nothing more uncomfortable than crawling underneath a trailer at night with a flashlight to chase a wiring problem that could have been fixed in your driveway at home. Until next month then, see ya! Rick


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Cody Country Krazy Sledrs Brenda Miller

The Cody club continues to work on our new Safety Shelter and after a long summer we are almost finished. Just in time to get it up on the mountain. This month we cleaned the back trails. We had fourteen people, five chain saws, and one dog show up to help. We had a great time and beautiful weather. We also took this opportunity to show a couple of our younger members how to use a chainsaw. They were shown how to use the chain-

saw in a safe manner. They were excited because neither of them had ever been shown this before. We have also done completed our highway cleanup this fall. As we finish these fall projects it gets our members more anxious for the snow to fly. Until next month‌

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Jackson Hole Snow Devils Nan Coover

Hello Everyone, hope you are all having a great fall. First Snow Devils meeting is October 7, 6:30 at the Virginian Lodge Convention Center. This will be our annual steak fry. Snow Devils have highway clean-up and Grass Drags on Saturday, October 9. Mark your calendars for the 36th Annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb March 24-27, 2011. Happy Halloween and Happy Hunting!

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Club Reports Pinedale Snow Explorers Angelina Pryich

The Pinedale Snow Explorers enjoyed several ATV rides during the summer. We had fun in the mud, dust, rain, lightning, and river. One of our rides was to Blucher Creek where we enjoyed lunch in the new safety shelter. Our first meeting of the season will be on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at 6 p.m. in the library in Pinedale. Everyone is invited to attend this potluck meeting and help set the goals and schedule for the season. We’ll be discussing and scheduling rides, the One Lunger 100lap race, snocross weekend, other events, and trail marking. We also need a volunteer to represent Sublette County in the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association (WSSA). Debbee Miller has served in this position for many years and has declared her intent to retire. Thank you, Debbee, for your time and commitment! Taylor Dyess has been training all summer for the upcoming snocross season. He’s also been working with his family to raise money to support his racing. The PSE is proud of all our young members! Let’s hope that the Continental Divide Trail receives lots of snow this year. We know it’s challenging to ride the CD Trail, but don’t forget the great scenery and fun play areas. Bookmark our website (hosted by Pinedale Online!) at http://www.pinedaleonline.com/snowexplorers/ for the latest news. Thank you to all our members and supporters. See you on November 13!


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Lander Snowdrifters Price Purdum

As it is still the beginning of another year of snowmobiling, there is not much to report on club business as yet. I wanted to include in this article our “Mission Statement” as it describes what we as a club are trying to provide for our members and local community. “The Lander Snowdrifters are dedicated to promoting snowmobile access and the benefits of a healthy outdoor recreational experience in the Wind River mountain region by advocating for and education of club members, other snowmobilers and the general public in such areas as snowmobile safety, environmental awareness, stewardship and the importance of personal responsibility. In a welcoming, family atmosphere we will enhance snowmobile recreation throughout this scenic area by such efforts as maintaining trailside warming huts and grooming designated trails for the comfort and use of all snowmobilers. We will be available to donate our efforts to coordinate with local search and rescue teams. We will promote the local area for the benefit of Lander residents and its business community. In all we do as a club, we will remain dedicated to the Lander area, the Wind River Mountains and all snowmobilers that are fortunate enough to “Ride The Winds”. Our club’s first meeting will probably be Oct. 12, 2010. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month starting in October and ending in April of 2011. If anyone would like to come to our monthly meetings, that would be great. We meet at the Oxbow Restaurant in Lander at 6 p.m. Dave Pendleton is our President and we are a friendly group. May all the clubs have a great fall and a snowy winter. See ya on the trails.

News

Motorized Recreation Provides Health Benefits Ed Klim, ISMA

York University, in Toronto Canada released a study titled, “The Fitness and Health Benefits of Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Riding.” Those of us that snowmobile have always known that snowmobiling is an energetic, active, FUN activity and now a study is highlighting other health benefits. The study was performed by York University to characterize the physiological demands of OHV riding under typical conditions for recreational riders. The study analysis of exercise intensity during riding revealed that between 14-38% of an OHV ride are within the intensity range required to achieve changes in aerobic fitness. Riding on a representative day leads to some muscular fatigue, particularly in the upper body. The study concludes that “on the basis of the measured metabolic demands, evidence of muscular strength requirements and the associated caloric expenditures with OHV riding, this form of activity conforms to the recommended physical activity guidelines and can be effective for achieving beneficial changes in health and fitness.” Yes, it is good to see that snowmobiling is not only fun but contributes to the individual wellbeing and physical fitness of snowmobilers. This first national study began in 2007 with a nationwide survey involving 310 participants to determine the characteristics of a typical rider and a typical ride. This information was used as the basis to determine the health and fitness impacts of OHV riding. Phase 2 of the study involved 128 riders, both male and female, divided between the age groups of 16-29, 30-49, and 50 to 65. The riders wore monitors to measure the physical demands of OHV riding to include a rating of the heart rate, oxygen consumption, muscular involvement, and the rate of exertion. Following are some interesting conclusions of the study: • OHV riding was found to require a true physiological demand that is expected to have a beneficial effect on health and fitness. • OHV riding was determined to be a recreational activity associated with moderate intensity cardiovascular demand and fatigue inducing muscular strength challenges similar to other activities such as rock climbing and alpine skiing. • Oxygen consumption, an indicator of physical work, increased by 3.5 – 6 times the resting values respectful of the riders. This falls into the moderate intensity activity level, according to the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines. • The duration of the typical ride of 2-3 hours and the frequency of riding 1 to 2 times per week, creates sufficient opportunity to stimulate changes in aerobic fitness, which falls within the physical activity guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine. It was noted in the study that muscular endurance is enhanced through OHV riding and that upper body strength action can lead to beneficial training increases in musculoskeletal fitness. The study also underlined the positive social effects of riding and the enhanced quality of life and stress reduction effects of snowmobiling.

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ACCESS WYOMING Update By Kim Raap, Trails Work Consulting

participating in this planning process even though we’ve already been at it for five years. The ACCESS WYOMING program was created by WSSA in 2005 to Topic 2, special areas and designations, is another important topic help maintain snowmobiling access across Wyoming. A couple examples since it will also potentially affect existing snowmobiling areas. It will of current issues we’re working on include: look at questions like “Should new designated Wilderness areas be recShoshone National Forest Management Plan Revision: The Shoshone ommended?” and “How should the High Lakes Wilderness Study Area National Forest published a Notice of Intent on September 24th to (where snowmobiling is currently still allowed) be managed?” Existing revise their Forest Management Plan. You may say, “That’s not new,” Wilderness designations already make the Shoshone a heavily nonmoand you’re right – sort of. We have been in a start-stop-start again-stop torized forest, so we cannot afford to lose any more existing snowmobilagain situation with the Shoshone’s Plan for the past five years. They ing areas to new Wilderness designations. really did try to start updating their existing 1986-vintage Forest Plan The other four preliminary revision topics, while less directly related back in 2005, but a continuing series of lawsuits from environmental to snowmobiling, also have the potential to affect snowmobiling acgroups challenging something called the National Forest Planning Rule cess. Vegetation management will include looking at how the existing has kept interrupting their efforts. epidemic of ‘bug trees’ need to be treated and how should the forest This latest notice from the Shoshone indicates they are still serious be managed in the future to prevent similar catastrophes. And wildlife about updating their old management Plan. And they need to since a habitat management and snowmobiles – be assured there will be an arlot has changed in 24 years. They are actually falling back to a 1982 ray of opinions interjected suggesting that critters and sleds shouldn’t Planning Rule framework to get this done since the 1982 Rule is so old be mixed. We have our work cut out for us, but based upon the past five it cannot be appealed by the environmental groups. We hope they can years, we’re hopeful the new Shoshone forest plan will treat snowmobilfinally get this job done. ing access fairly. WSSA has spent a substantial amount of time working on the ShoPublic comments will be taken by the Forest until November 19 reshone plan revision over the past five years and we will continue to be garding ‘the need for change and the proposed action (prepare an EIS) fully engaged in this process. This Notice identified six potential ‘revision provided in this notice.’ We will be preparing comments for WSSA to topics’ (they are the same as we’ve seen since 2005) that they intend to submit, so watch the WSSA website for particulars. The Shoshone address with the plan’s update: 1) recreation uses and opportunities, National Forest expects to hold public meetings in winter/spring 2011 2) special areas and designations, 3) vegetation management, 4) wildlife to help develop alternatives for the EIS. The draft revised forest plan is habitat management, 5) minerals, and 6) commercial livestock grazing. expected to be released for public comment by May 2012 with a final Topic 1, recreation uses and opportunities, will address “What type of plan adopted by April 2013. recreation opportunities will be provided on the forest, where can they Snowy Range parking: We spent time recently with the Laramie Disoccur, and when can they occur?” This is certainly the most important trict Ranger and his staff working toward new snowmobile parking topic for us to pay attention to. We know this process will look at where proposals in the Green Rock area of the Snowy Range. Two new sites motorized use, including snowmobiling, will be allowed. We also know have been identified for further consideration by the Forest Service. We there will be a continued push by cross-country skiers and ‘quiet-use’ will be working with them over the winter to collect better information groups to close more areas to snowmobiles, particularly on the east on the actual number of vehicles, as well as trailer sizes, that are curside of Togwotee Pass. There are a lot of important snowmobiling areas rently parking along Highway 130. There are lots of issues which need on the Shoshone National Forest that are at risk, and we cannot tire of to be analyzed, as well as considerable opposition from environmental groups to this parking – but the project is still alive and moving forward. Once the Forest Service gathers more information on the current sites and concepts, I expect they will probably have some type of preliminary public input process by mid-2011. Please support WSSA and local clubs if you appreciate the opportunity to snowmobile in Wyoming. Consider supporting ACCESS WYOMING by making a contribution to help WSSA protect your access. Watch the Wrangler or visit www.snowmobilewyoming.org to stay in touch with WSSA’s public lands access issues. If you have questions or would like more information on current issues, always feel free to contact me at Trailswork@aol.com. Ride smart, be safe, and don’t take your access for granted.


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Any additions or corrections to the Associate Membership list should be directed to: Shannon McYoung, WSSA Secretary P.O. Box 11051, Jackson, WY 83002 (307) 883-3950, e-mail: smcyoung@hotmail.com

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Any additions or corrections to the Associate Membership list should be directed to: Shannon McYoung, WSSA Secretary P.O. Box 11051, Jackson, WY 83002 (307) 883-3950, e-mail: smcyoung@hotmail.com

Deadline for the November issue of the WSSA Wrangler will be October 26.

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Team Arctic Crushes Haydays With 21 Wins New Stock Sled World Speed Record

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Twenty-one class wins at the largest grass drag race in history… a new 141mph world speed record with a stock sled on asphalt… and news that Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert will compete in the entire ISOC national snocross circuit this season! Yep, it was an ugly weekend for any brand other than Arctic Cat. The 21 class wins at the 44th Annual Sno Baron’s Haydays Grass Drags was a repeat of what’s happened at other grass drags this season, namely that Arctic Cat owns the big stock classes. Between Glenn Hall, Ron Gilland, Scott Moser and Denny Mousseau, Arctic Cat’s CFR 800 claimed four Stock and Improved Stock victories, adding to their World’s Fastest Snowmobile legend. “We were looking forward to seeing what the competition was capable of with their new 800-class sleds,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Seeing the claims they made in their advertising, we expected more of a fight. But at the end of the day, the 162-hp Arctic Cat CFR 800 H.O. is absolutely the best in its class.” While the World’s Fastest were cleaning up at Haydays, Team Arctic’s Billy Howard set yet another World’s Fastest Snowmobile speed record on asphalt, this time at Empire Dragway in Leicester, N.Y. Aboard a stock, race-prepped Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo equipped with an asphalt drag track, boosted turbocharger and tweaks to the clutching, Howard ripped through the quarter-mile with a 140.91 mph/8.863second elapsed time, setting a new world record for a stock snowmobile. “When it comes to top speed for a stock sled, nothing comes close to the Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Drag Racing Coordinator. “Billy Howard topped 140 mph in the quarter-mile on his, with an elapsed time that’s quicker than what it took to read this sentence. “That’s with a stock motor, stock suspensions, stock hood, stock clutches… pretty much stock everything except the boost pressure and the asphalt-only track. There is no other stock snowmobile that can touch these numbers.” Arctic Cat congratulates all the hard work and great effort of all Team Arctic racers. Team Arctic Race Results from Sno Barons Haydays Grass Drags: Stock Open - 1. Ron Gilland, 3. Kelly Shilts, 4. Jamie Edwards Stock 800 - 1. Glenn Hall, 2. Ron Gilland, 4. Jamie Edwards Stock 700 - 1. Martin Gignac, 2. Jamie Edwards, 3. Brett Meyer Stock 440 - 1. Matt Lamire, 3. Brett Meyer Pro Stock 1000 - 2. Barry Taggart Pro Stock 700 - 1. Arron Casler, 3. Dave LaCanne Pro Stock 600 - 2. Ron Gilland Pro Stock 500 - 1. Matt Lamire, 2. Jamie Edwards Imp. Stock 1000 - 1. Denny Mousseau Imp. Stock 800 - 1. Scott Moser, 2. Matt Lamire, 3. Kelly Shilts Imp. Stock 700 - 1. Matt Lamire Imp. Stock 500 - 2. Terry Kyle, 3. Matt Lamire Imp. Stock 440 - 2. Bill Bennett, 3. Matt Lamire Heavy Mod 1000 - 1. Ian Langley, 3. Will Ohara Heavy Mod 700 - 2. Mike Neuwman Heavy Mod 600 - 1. Ron Gilland Heavy Mod 500 - 2. Dan Bickel Heavy Mod 440 - 2. Matt Lamire, 3. Ian Langley Lite Mod 600 - 2. Ian Langley Lite Mod 500 - 3. Matt Lamire Lite Mod 440 - 2. Matt Lamire, 3. Ian Langley Factory Mod 1 - 2. Arron Casler Factory Mod 2 - 3. Ian Langley Pro Mod 1000 - 1. Ian Langley, 2. Denny Mousseau Pro Mod 800 - 1. Todd Drake King of the Trail - Glenn Hall Semi Pro 800 - 1. Dave Kaiden, 2. Troy Ahrenstorff Semi Pro 600 - 1. Pat Lofdahl Am. Stock Open - 1. Kurt Meyer, 2. Jason Gouvler Am. Stock 800 SP - 1. Jason Gouvler, 2. Kirby Drul, 3. Kurt Meyer Am. Stock 800 - 2. Kirby Drul, 3. Jason Gouvler Am. Stock 700 - 1. Kurt Meyer, 2. Jason Gouvler Am. Stock 700 SP - 1. Kurt Meyer, 2. Jason Gouvler, 3. Kirby Drul Am. Stock 500 - 3. Taylor Masse Am. Stock 440 - 1. Steve Ray, 3. Taylor Masse Am. Imp. Stock Open - 1. Kyle Shilts, 2. Kirby Drul, 3. Kelly Meyer

Polaris ‘Winning Riders’ Program Supports State & Provincial Snowmobile Associations

Polaris Supports Grassroots Groups with SalesBased Contributions

For the sixth consecutive year, state and provincial snowmobile organizations across North America are receiving contributions from the Polaris “Winning Riders” program, which generates support for the groups based on sales of new Polaris snowmobiles. From Newfoundland to Washington and Alaska to Quebec, snowmobile associations are receiving “Winning Riders” funds proportionate to the number of new Polaris snowmobiles sold within each state and province. Polaris is making contributions to snowmobile associations in 13 Canadian provinces and territories and 24 states in the United States. Polaris also announced it is extending the Winning Riders program through the 2011 sales season, meaning contributions will be made next year based on retail sales of new Polaris snowmobiles between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011. “The passion for snowmobiling is running strong across the North American snowbelt,” said Scott Swenson, VP of the Polaris Snowmobile and PG&A Division. “We see real benefits in supporting these associations that coordinate activities of snowmobile clubs and help develop great riding opportunities.” Polaris makes the “Winning Riders” contributions with “no strings attached,” allowing each group to decide how to use the funds it receives. Projects funded by Winning Riders donations in recent years have included membership drives, trail and grooming programs, legislative efforts, tourism promotion and more.


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