Friends of the Little Belts

Friends of the Little Belts applied for and received an OHV grant to purchase Silky hand saws for members of the various groups to carry in back packs of on vehicles to help with the huge clearing issue that is facing the trail users due to the bug kill and normal downed timber on the trails in the area.  The grant was for less than requested and many groups have offered to help with the purchase price for their members.  Funding for the project isn’t available until July 1st, which is late for this year but the saws will be put to work as soon as they are in.

New Little Belt Travel Maps

Maps for 2017 have been edited and are ready to head to the printers.  The maps will have a new name on them this year, as the project is now part of a Challenge Cost Share project with the USFS.  The agreement has been signed and the maps this year will have the Friends of the Little Belts listed.

The Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association is a member of the group and is using the map printing money they were granted for the printing for this edition.  This year there are panels available for ads and all placements have been sold.   Watch for the new maps.  Future printing grants will be from the Friends of the Little Belts group.

Thanks To Russ Ehnes!

From Mike Jeffords, Board Member, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association

June 1st was a date of change that most people didn’t even know happened. On that day, Russ Ehnes left NOHVCC as Executive Director. After directing NOHVCC for almost 20 years, Russ stepped down and turned the leadership over to new hands.

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Duane Taylor Named Executive Director of NOHVCC

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) has announced the appointment of Duane Taylor as its executive director, effective June 1. Taylor replaces Russ Ehnes, who is retiring from that position after nearly two decades.

“I am excited about this new opportunity,” said Taylor. “I have worked extensively with NOHVCC over the past 12 years while representing the powersports industry, and I have a great deal of passion for its mission. I am prepared to build on its successes and continue its key initiatives, while working to expand its reach, scope and effectiveness.”

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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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