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Washington State Snowmobile Association

Upcoming Events

Leavenworth Snow Fest
Date: November 21st
Location: Leavenworth Festhalle
Visit with the Bavarian Boondockers and WSSA while checking out new sleds, gear, and other cool snowmobile related stuff!
WSSA General Meeting
Date: January 9th, 2016, at 9am
Location: The Last Resort, Ronald
Join us and see what WSSA is doing for you!
All Trails to Olympia Day
Date: January 26th, 2016
Location: State Capitol, Olympia
Join us and visit with your state legislators!  Tell them what snowmobiling means to you!

WSSA Winter Rendezvous
Date:  February 12th-15th, 2016
Location: Marcus Whitman Hotel, Walla Walla
Four days of riding planned in both Washington and Oregon in the beautiful Blue Mountains.  Details posted under the Rendezvous tab on the WSSA website as they become available.
WSSA General Meeting
Date: March 5th, 2016, at 9am
Location: The Last Resort, Ronald
Join us and see what WSSA is doing for you!

WSSA Summer Meeting & Campout
Date:  August 12th-14th, 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.

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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 for the details of this life-saving insurance.
NOVEMBER SNOFLYER NOW POSTED! (Nov '15) - The November Snoflyer is now posted; check it out here.  (Page flipper version is here.)
    New public meetings scheduled to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision.  The Forest Service has scheduled new public meetings to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision.  (WSSA Note:  A PDF version of the schedule can be found at here.)
     A facilitator will ensure that everyone in attendance has time to speak, listen to others, and propose solutions.
     In 2014, the Forest Service released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision and received over a thousand comment letters. Based in part on that feedback, the three Blue Mountains National Forests have worked with stakeholders to identify topics for further discussion – including the Pace and Scale of Restoration, Livestock Grazing, Access, and Wilderness.
     A Forest Plan describes the social, economic, and ecological goals of a National Forest and provides a framework for future management decisions. The National Forest Management Act of 1976 requires each National Forest to prepare a Forest Plan and revise it every 15 years to address changing needs and conditions. The current Forest Plans for the Wallowa-Whitman, Umatilla, and Malheur National Forests are from 1990, and the Blue Mountains region has changed significantly since 1990.
     Meeting summaries from previous Forest Plan Revision meetings are available here, and the notes from new meetings will be posted there as well. For more information, please contact Peter Fargo, Public Affairs Officer for the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision, at 541-523-1231.
     We hope to see you at an upcoming meeting,

Peter Fargo
Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Forest Service
Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision
1550 Dewey Ave
Baker City, OR 97814
WSSA SCHOLARSHIP INFO UPDATED! (Oct '15)Click here to find out how you or your student could earn up to $4,500 in scholarships for their studies in 2016.  Scholarships offered by WSSA ($1,500), Western Chapter ($2,000) and the International Snowmobile Media Council ($1,000).
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!

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".