Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 5614 | Snowmobile VERMONT Key players involved in the management of the snowmobile trail systems and programs gathered in Rapid City, S.D. June 9–11 for the International Snowmible Congress. More than 350 representatives from snowmobile associations througout the world attended the three-day event to discuss relevant topics, network and learn from one another. It is a privilege to attend and represent Vermont. I spent the majority of my week representing Vermont at the table of the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA). We had a full agenda as usual and discussed a range of topics ranging from IASA bylaws, budgets and reports from each jurisdiction, avalanche awareness, the United States Forest Service (USFS) National Travel Management Program and over snow vehicle maps, snow bikes, fat tire bikes, GPS fleet tracking, use of hand signals on the trails, health benefits of snowmobiling and more. This is a very intelligent and dynamic group of folks to work with and we all learn a lot from each other. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this great network of professionals. I won’t go into detail on all the topics discussed. However, I will try to cover a couple that I feel are important and will be of the most interest to you. avalanche awareness, the United States Forest Members of the Iron Dog Brigade hold their annual meeting in conjunction with with the ISC. The Iron Dog Brigade is“an honorary society dedicated to the fun of snowmobiling.” Can you spot two of our local Vermont members, Bonnie and Jim Holbrook, in this group photo? (Mary Ann Grabow photo) from IASA bylaws, budgets and reports by Matt Tetreault VAST Trails Administratior USDA Forest Service I’ll start with the USDA Forest Service discussions surrounding the National Travel Management Program, over the snow vehicle maps and the National Trail Strategy. Representatives from the USDA Forest Service were on hand to discuss these programs, strategies and maps in detail with the administrators. Here in the Northeast, the over the snow vehicle maps do not greatly impact us since we currently rely on detailed maps outlining where we can and can not ride with our over the snow vehicles. Out west where there are off trail areas in the mountains, these maps will be far more important to review.