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International Snowmobile Congress
Date: June 9th - 11th, 2016
Location:  Rapid City, South Dakota
Ever wonder what organized snowmobiling is really all about?  Come to Congress and meet volunteers and staff from all over the U.S., Canada, and even Russia.  Lots of fun.  Lots of education!  Visit www.isc2016.com for details.
 
WSSA Summer Meeting & Campout
Date:  August 19th-21st, 2016
Location:  Blu-Shastin RV Park on north side of Blewett Pass
Join us for a weekend of summer fun!  Meeting at 9am on Saturday.  We have sites reserved – contact the WSSA Vice President for details.
 
General Meeting
Date:  October 1st, 2016
Location:  Leavenworth
Join us at 9am and see what WSSA will be working on during the 2016/2017 snowmobile season.  (And do you think holding the October meeting during Leavenworth's Oktoberfest is a coincidence?...)
 
Leadership Meeting
Date:  November 5th, 2016
Location:  Central Washington University in Ellensburg
WSSA's annual 'Leadership Meeting' catering to club leadership, but everyone is welcome.  A great meeting to learn about organized snowmobiling in Washington State.  Meeting starts at 9am.
 
General Meeting
Date:  January 7th, 2017
Location:  The Last Resort in Ronald/Roslyn
General meeting starting at 9am providing critical info and updates on the current snowmobile season.  Snow permitting, riding opportunities will be available on Friday the 6th and Sunday the 8th.
 
WSSA's Winter Rendezvous
Date:  February 17th-20th, 2017
Location:  12 Tribes Resort Casino, Omak
Four days of guided riding for all levels in the Okanogan!  Dinner and entertainment on Friday and Saturday, along with another dinner gathering for Sunday.  And hey, gambling in the casino at any time!
 
Budget & General Meeting
Date:  March 11th, 2017
Location:  The Last Resort in Ronald/Roslyn
Meeting starts at 9am.  Wrapping up the season and planning for the 2017/2018 season.  All members welcome!

 
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MARCH SNOFLYER NOW POSTED! (Mar '16) - The March Snoflyer is now posted; check it out here!  (Page flipper version is here.)
 
2016 WSSA AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED! (Mar '16) - The annual award winners were announced at Winter Rendezvous in Walla Walla over Presidents' Day weekend.  Congratulations to the following individuals and groups:
-Snowmobiler of the Year - Greg Figg
-Snowmobile Club President of the Year - Chris Mayer
-Snowmobile Club of the Year - Northwest Glacier Cruisers
-Snowmobile Dealer of the Year - Pierre's Polaris, John Peterson
-Groomer of the Year - Randy Skillman, Industrial Mowing/Spraying/Grooming
 
WSSA SCHOLARSHIP INFO UPDATED! (Jan '16)Click here to find out how you or your student could earn up to $4,850 in scholarships for their studies in 2016.  Scholarships offered by WSSA ($1,850), Western Chapter ($2,000) and the International Snowmobile Media Council ($1,000).
 
NATURE CONSERVANCY LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN RELEASED (Dec '15) - Of interest to snowmobilers is an article from the Ellensburg Daily Record regarding the Management Plan for the Nature Conservancy lands purchased last year.  It's good news for snowmobilers and other motorized recreationists.  (Remember though this is privately-owned land and our good stewardship must continue!) Check it out here.
WSSA MEMBERSHIP BRINGS DISCOUNT FOR NORTHWEST MEDSTAR INSURANCE/SERVICE (Nov '15) - Seconds count when a critically ill or injured patient needs specialized medical attention, and so does the medical team caring for you. From bases in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, the Palouse area, Missoula, MT, and Brewster, WA, Northwest MedStar safely transports thousands of patients each year in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.  Northwest MedStar also provides patient transport to Seattle and other facilities throughout the United States and parts of Canada.  Northwest MedStar, a non-profit organization, is the region's premier critical care transport service dedicated to the safe, compassionate care for thousands of critically ill or injured patients each year through helicopter, fixed wing and ground-based transports to health care facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest.   The price is $55 a year, or $135 for three; a bargain if you ever need this emergency service.  Click here for the WSSA/MedStar discount brochure.  Visit www.nwmedstar.org for the details of this life-saving insurance.
DNR DRAFT RECREATIONAL TRAILS POLICY (Updated Oct '15) - The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a new draft Recreational Trails Policy to guide the management and development of recreational trails on DNR-managed lands. You can view the draft policy here.  For more information about the policy project, watch the narrated slideshow here. 
      As a side note, kudos to Kevin Hancock, of the Pacific Northwest Vintage Snowmobile Club, who volunteered to represent snowmobilers on the DNR Recreational Trails Policy Committee.  Thanks Kevin!
FINAL POLICY FOR OVER-SNOW VEHICLES RELEASED BY FOREST SERVICE (Feb '15) - The Forest Service recently sent out the press release titled "Forest Service issues final policy for over-snow vehicles on national forests, grasslands". (Click here for the official press release.)  We knew this was coming and it means each of us needs to be on top of this and be ready to comment in support of snowmobiling.  WSSA will keep you updated and let you know what is required as our local Forests work to comply with this new policy.  (YOUR SUPPORT WILL BE REQUIRED AND WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!)
NATURE CONSERVANCY BUYS 48,000 ACRES FROM PLUM CREEK TIMBER COMPANY (Nov '14) - This purchase is along the I-90 Corridor and encompasses hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile trails and off-trail play areas.  The Nature Conservancy has announced their intent to work with current land users/user groups to formulate a new land management strategy to protect/enhance ecological values and maintain public access.  WSSA, the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program, and local clubs have already been in touch with Nature Conservancy officials and are hoping for a smooth transition and normal access/grooming for the 2014/2015 snowmobile season.  Click here for maps with the land purchases and snowmobile trails overlaid.

LOOKING FOR SNOWMOBILE SAFETY AND ACCESS INFORMATION? (Jun '14) - The Snowmobile Safety and Access Information Center is provided by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations in fulfillment of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to support snowmobile safety and access training and product development.  Your one stop shop; click here to visit www.snowmobileinfo.org!

WSSA IS ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER (Jan '10) - Search "Washington State Snowmobile Association" on Facebook and become a fan!   Check us on Twiter too at "wssaus".