The RTP (and CRT) Still Needs Your Help!

Sign Your Club/Association/Agency Up To Support RTP Moving Forward

The importance of the Recreational Trails Program cannot be overstated. It is likely the most important government program for OHV recreation. For any who may not be aware of the RTP, it is a grant program administered by the Federal Highway Administration. The program embodies the user-pay, user-benefit philosophy by utilizing a portion of funds generated by motorized vehicle users who pay the gas tax on any fuel they purchase for use in their off-highway vehicles to provide grants to fund trail building, maintenance and other trail-related projects. For more information click here.

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Montana Trails Rider News Editor Needed

Bob Walker notified MTVRA Board that he will serve as the volunteer editor of the Montana Trails Rider News through the Fall-Winter 2018 edition.  He said, “It has been a pleasure putting the newsletter together since 2012 and I will always be dedicated to and a supporter of MTVRA!”

“I find myself overwhelmed by all the work still needed and demanded to enhance trails in Montana.  I volunteer my time to an array of trail recreation organizations, both motorized and non-motorized, and to the department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks which manages your OHV grant program as well as snowmobile and RTP.  I was recently appointed to your OHV Advisory Committee to assist FWP with the OHV grant program.  I also was recently elected Chair of the Montana Trails Coalition, an organization that brings all statewide and some regional trail organizations together to address fiscal and programmatic needs of trails in Montana.  I plan to dedicate the majority of my volunteer time to those efforts.”

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Important number: AMA/ATVA Membership

From Mona Ehnes, Secretary Treasurer, MTVRA

You will note that on the MTVRA membership renewal form there is a spot for your AMA number (if you have one).   It is important that if you are either AMA or ATVA member that you list your number.  The $100 charter fee for the year can be waived if we send a list of at least 25 AMA member with their AMA numbers.   While we have some, we do need to verify the numbers and add those missing.

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New Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation

During the 2017 legislative session, an effort supported by the majority of Montana’s recreation community to create a new office of outdoor recreation failed in committee.  However Governor Steve Bullock, seeing the potential value of such a venture, created the Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation.  Several other states have similar offices including Wyoming, Utah, Washington and Colorado.  Rachel VandeVoort assumed the duties as the first director of Montana’s Office.

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State Parks and Recreation Board Members Named

In late August, Governor Steve Bullock appointed four new members and retained one existing member to the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board.

The Governor also issued a directive to Martha Williams, Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, to create an advisory board to help the parks board build and implement a new vision for parks, as outlined in its 2020 strategic plan.

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5 Rivers Trail Riders

By Rich Winget, President, % Rivers Trail Riders

Many of us believe that it has been too long that the Bozeman area has been without an off-highway-vehicle (OHV) club.  That led to 20 locals meeting to discuss organizing one.  To make a long story short, we elected a board of directors, worked with Citizens for Balanced Use (CBU) and the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association (MTVRA), wrote our bylaws and completed the application to the State of Montana to become recognized as a nonprofit corporation.  This package is ready to send to the State next week.  The name of our club is the 5 Rivers Trail Riders (5RTR).

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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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