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Attention all  Happi-Trails ATV / OHV  club members we are now co- partners with The MUD BROTHERS


                                          Help Support Our Club by Joining The ATVA

Please let me know if and when you sign up

Reasons why a club should join the ATVA and why should you sanction events?

  • To get new members for your club
Growing your ATV club can be tough, often because it's hard to find and reach other ATVers. For individual riders, finding a club nearby can be equally difficult. The ATVA helps bring enthusiasts together. As new clubs join we announce them in our bi-monthly publication, ATVA News, that is sent to all ATVA members and the clubs are listed right here in the club section of
  • To get affordable event insurance
Clubs can sanction off-road poker runs or trail rides for motorcycles and ATVs and get affordable liability insurance. ATVA-chartered clubs can get insurance for trail rides or poker runs for as low as $161. Poker run and trail ride participants don't have to be ATVA or AMA members. This is a new change, and a big change, because in past years participants needed to be members.
  • When your club sanctions an ATVA event, we'll list your event both in ATVA News and in the monthly American Motorcyclist magazine, giving ATVers across the country information about your events. This allows you to boost attendance and brings in new club members.
  • Has your club run into roadblocks when property owners ask for a certificate of insurance? We're here to help. If your club promotes anything from a poker run and trail rides or even hare scrambles to motocross event, the ATVA can meet your needs.
  • To give your club more clout
Our sport is challenged by anti-ATV forces who want land closures, bans on children riding ATVs, and discriminatory regulations. Our Government Relations Department educates and empowers clubs, helping them become involved in political, legislative and regulatory arenas on all levels. ATVing can flourish only with the full participation of our members in the political process, and we're here to help you.
  • How does your club join the ATVA?
First, consider whether your club should be chartered with the ATVA as a Social Club, Recreational Promoting Club or Promoting Competition Club.
  • Social Clubs are just that: social organizations that don’t plan any organize events but want to show their support for the ATVA. You need five club members who currently belong to the ATVA or the American Motorcyclist Association as members. We'll provide you with new member applications along with your social club application, allowing you to sign up as many new members as you'd like. The annual Social Club charter fee is $25.
  • Promoting Recreational Clubs host trail rides, off-road poker runs or field meets. Event participants aren't required to be ATVA members. Recreational clubs must have at least 10 members who are members of the ATVA or AMA, one of whom is designated as a risk management officer. Also, at least one member of your club must attend a risk-management seminar conducted by the ATVA/AMA before conducting sanctioned events. The annual charter fee for a Recreational Club is $50.
  • Promoting Competition Clubs, or promoting clubs, host races like motocross, hare scrambles, TTs, flat-track or ice races. Racers must be ATVA or AMA members. Competition clubs must have at least 10 ATVA or AMA members, one of whom is designated as a risk management officer. Also, at least one member of your club must attend a risk-management seminar before conducting sanctioned events. The annual charter fee for a Competition Club is $100.

Visit the AMA Organizers site to download all forms you'll need to get started.

City of Grayling has opened the city streets for ATV/ORV traffic

Please check the City of Grayling web site for any roads that are closed.

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It's the Law—Riding Your ORV 

ORV Certification for Persons with a Disability

Persons that meet the following criteria are permitted to operate licensed ATV's/ORVs less than 50" wide on forest roads that are open to public vehicular travel on state lands (including those not posted open to ORVs). 

  • Those persons issued a valid temporary or permanent handicapper parking permit issued by the Secretary of State Office. 
  • Those persons holding Permits to Hunt from a Standing Vehicle. 
  • Those persons with a physicians certification for the following disabilities: 
  • Loss of 1 or both legs or feet; 
  • Inability to walk more than 200 feet without having to stop and rest; 
  • Inability to walk without prolonged use of wheelchair, walker, crutches, braces or other devices to aide in mobility; 
  • Lung disease from which the person's expiratory volume for 1 second is less than 1 liter when measured by spirometry; 
  • Lung disease from which the person's arterial oxygen is less than 60 mm/hg of room air at rest; 
  • Cardiovascular disease from which the person measures between 3 and 4 on the New York heart classification scale/ 
  • Cardiovascular disease from which a marked limitation of physical activity causes fatigue, palpitation, dyspnea or anginal pain; 
  • Other disease or disorder including but not limited to severe arthritis or neurological-orthopedic impairment that creates a severe mobility limitation. 
Click here for a copy of the Physicians certification of eligibility form

Persons with obvious severe disabilities (i.e., paraplegics, quadriplegic). 
Operation of the ORV is subject to licensing and all other requirements and restrictions, and shall only be at a speed and in a manner which does not degrade the environment. These privileges may extend to one companion of the disabled person serving as operator or passenger of the disabled person's ORV, if the ORV is designed for passenger use. 


Grayling Visitors Bureau
Attention all Trail Users:

August 14, 2012

Dear Trail User:

 The Michigan Snowmobile and Trail Advisory Committee (MSTAC) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are committed to better understanding trail user interests, needs and concerns. The MSTAC and the DNR are developing a plan for a statewide trail network that will address snowmobile, ORV, hiking, biking, paddling, and equestrian needs.  

The plan moves the state toward the goal of becoming known as “The Trail State”. The plan will identify priorities for improving the system and constraints for implementing those priorities. It will also serve as a marketing piece showcasing Michigan’s incredible trail network and the opportunities expanding this network presents to Michigan’s quality of life and economic prosperity.  As we plan for the future of the state’s trail system, we need your help.    

We would like to know your membership’s opinions about the state’s trail system, how you use the system, and ways the system could be improved. We ask that you electronically forward this entire note to your members or to other trail users. The link to the survey can be found at:  The completed survey will not be sent back through your organization, but will be available to the DNR for analysis. The DNR will not have access to who filled out the survey or their email address. We are asking that the survey be completed by August 31. 

The information collected from this survey will be compiled, analyzed and provided to the MSTAC members and to the DNR trail planning team. The trail plan is required to be completed by the spring of 2013.The draft plan will be submitted to your organization for additional input.   

 This is the first step in improving communication with trail users. In the future, we will inform you about trail events, opening of new trails, and seek your opinion on a variety of subjects. If you are not the right person to receive these emails, or your organization is not interested in being on this list serve, please send the corrected information to  
 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Donna Stine at  ●  517-241-3774.

Erin Treanore
Department of Environmental Quality
Office of Environmental Assistance Student Intern
Phone: (517)373-6506
Tuesday,Thursday, Friday; 8:00-5:00 pm

From: [] 
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2012 7:51 PM
Subject: Organizations signing letter to Governors supporting RTP

TO: State Trail Administrators
FROM: Stuart Macdonald

American Trails wants you to know that we and the Coalition for Recreational Trails are working to ensure that all States will participate in the continuing RTP funding in MAP-21. While we have not heard of any State specifically intending to opt out of RTP, we are ready to help with a demonstration of grass-roots support from trail organizations. To see which groups in your State have signed on to the RTP letter to their Governor, visit: 

August 10 is the deadline to get additional signers for the letter that CRT will be sending to the Governors. You may want to contact other key groups that should easily be able to sign on to the letter: 

You can also send people to the American Trails alert page:

We especially need to hear if you think RTP is not safe in your State-- but we would also appreciate knowing your appraisal of your State's situation with RTP in the coming fiscal year.

-- Stuart Macdonald
American Trails Magazine and website editor
(801) 712-3407 -
The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education.
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Michigan Township News
Michigan Township News
Leveraging your trail system
for community and economic


 November 17, 2012
Michigan Motorized Recreation Council

For Immediate Release & Distribution:
  We were informed late yesterday by the staff of State Senator Tom Casperson, (R) D- 38, of Escanaba will advance Senate Bill 1020. The Senate Transportation Committee will have a Public Hearing on November 27th at 12:30 p.m. The Bill is sponsored by Senator Casperson and Senator Darwin Booher (R) D-35, of Evart.

  The Bill as currently posted on the inter-net will have amendments prior to the hearing. The main objective of the Bill will remain, for ORV users to have access via some M Roads, to gas, food, lodging, area attractions and to provide links where needed.  We advise that each of you keep abreast of the changes in the Bill and it is expected the final draft will be posted prior to the November 27th hearing.

  What you can do, before November 27th;

  Contact the following Senators on the Transportation Committee with an e-mail in support of SB 1020, be certain the e-mail contains your full name, address and/or the title of the company or governmental body you represent, ie., a Township or County Commission. You should also contact your State Senator and your current State Representative.

 Senator Tom Casperson (C) (R) D-38, Escanaba:

Senator Mike Kowall (VC) (R) D-15 White Lake:

Senator Jack Brandenburg (R) D-11 Harrison Township:

Senator Phil Pavlov (R) D-25 St. Clair:

Senator John J. Gleason (MVC) (D) D-27 Flushing:

Senator Morris Hood III (D) D-3 Detroit:

  You may attend the Hearing on November 27th beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Senate Building, diagonally across from the front lawn of the Capitol. A Hearing room number will be announced. We need a good representation of our sport in the room.  We have been asked to limit speakers as the Committee will have a full agenda and it is “lame duck” and time is short. We ask those attending to simply fill out the card in support of SB 1020.

  We have just days to make this happen in the Senate, if a favorable vote comes from the Senate, we move over to the House where time may be even shorter. If you wish to enjoy this new opportunity for ORV use, NOW is the time to act. If we generate thousands of e-mails to Lansing in support of SB 1020, our chances are excellent of SB 1020 becoming a part of Michigan statue!

Michigan Motorized Recreation Council public releases are the results of roundtable discussions by the leaders of the major ORV organizations in Michigan, representing over 20,000 members.

For additional information, contact Dick Ranney, Coordinator @ 989 469-2405 or 

Trail Towns
Leveraging your existing trail system for 
community and economic development


The “Trail Town” concept was developed by the Allegheny Trail 
Alliance, a coalition of seven trail organizations along the Great
Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile multi-use trail running through
Pennsylvania and Maryland. The basic Trail Town concept is
simple: ensure that communities along the trail are better able
to maximize the economic potential of trail-based tourism.
While the Trail Town concept is primarily geared toward cities
and large urban centers, we believe the concept is very much
applicable in townships. Even if it’s just a small handful of
shops, restaurants and a gas station, many townships have at
least one center of commercial activity. Furthermore, many of
the over 2,000 miles of trails in Michigan travel directly through
Over the last several years, as the full economic potential of
linking trails, recreation, tourism and business development
has become better known, the Trail Town concept has caught
on. According to an article1 from the Rails-to-Trail Conservancy,
“Communities around the country are increasingly utilizing the
‘Trail Town’ model of economic revitalization that places trails
as the centerpiece of a tourism-centered strategy for small town
Trying to determine how trails affect the local economy is no
easy task. A quick Internet search reveals a clearinghouse of
national, regional and local economic impact studies related
to trails. A recent statewide study2 in Wisconsin found that
bicycle recreation supports more than $924 million in tourism
and resident spending each year, of which nearly $533 million
is direct impact occurring annually, such as travel, equipment
sales and restaurant expenditures. Closer to home, a 2008 study3
by the Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University found
that properties in Oakland County within a half-mile of bike
paths have increased in value by as much as 6.3 percent.
There are a number of different ways in which local communities
can organize around community efforts to establish a successful
Trail Town program. For the last five years, the Allegheny Trail
Alliance has applied the “Four Point” or “Main Street Approach”
developed by the National Main Street Center of the National
Trust for Historic Preservation. The Main Street Approach offers
a complete outline for downtown revitalization and has been
implemented in more than 1,200 communities across the United
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ORV supporters say Michigan plan to raise trail fees for riders derailed

Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 11:00 AM     Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 11:13 AM

 By Howard Meyerson | The Grand Rapids Press 

Organized off-road-vehicle enthusiasts are hoping to see Michigan legislation developed that raises trail fees for riders and provides liability protection for clubs that maintain trails, but progress has been hampered by political barriers in the state capital, according to riding club representatives.

"We have been working on this for five years," said Dick Ranney, the legislative liaison for the Cycle Conservation Club, a Michigan-based, nonprofit ORV organization. "What we ask for and what we get is far apart because of the tea party thing."

Ranney said legislators fear being branded as raising taxes, though riders call it a user-fee and not a tax, a long-overdue fee that would allow the state trail system to be expanded and better maintained.

Michigan’s ORV trail sticker fee was last increased in 1996. The CCC and partner groups such as Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Club support raising it from the current $16.25 per year to $30, he said.

State officials said Michigan’s 2010 ORV management plan called for an annual fee of $35-$40 to accomplish all of the needed work. The plan was developed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with input from stakeholder groups such as CCC.

"We have been chipping away at the actions identified by that plan," said Steve Kubisiak, the DNR’s ORV program manager. "We’re supportive of a fee increase for the (ORV) trail system."

Michigan’s trail system is approaching 4,000 miles in length. There are 197,000 registered ORVs in Michigan, according to Ranney.

About $1.5 million is collected annually by the state. The money is spent for trail maintenance, safety education, law enforcement and damage restoration and administration.

Michigan ORV trails also are used by out-of-state riders from Ohio and Illinois. Ranney said the state doesn’t do enough to promote ORV activity; that a well-promoted trail system would be a boost to northern Michigan economies.

"We have Pure Michigan and they doing a pretty good job out there. But ORVs are overlooked," Ranney said. "Michigan has the largest trail system in the U.S. We are sitting here with one of the gems of America and not promoting it."

Kubisiak said the 2010 state ORV plan called for a number of trail enhancements. Those include additional trail and route grading and maintenance, trailhead expansion, dust control and trail improvements on bridges and culverts. Legislation passed in 2010 also called for expanding the trail system by 25 percent.

"We’re about halfway there. We need another 300 or so miles," Kubisiak said.

That would give Michigan a total of 4,300 miles of ORV trail.

CCC and other groups also are looking for "liability relief" so local clubs and groups that maintain the trail are protected from lawsuits filed by riders that get themselves into trouble.

"Liability protection is high on our list," Ranney said. The DNR also supports that, according to Kubisiak.

ORV groups also are pursuing penalties for riding without a helmet, permit waivers for large group events, cost of living increases every five years, and giving the ORV program a portion of the state’s Recreation Improvement Fund, which is money from gas tax revenues.

Kubisiak said that gas tax issue is one of concern. Approximately 2 percent of the gas tax goes to RIF, which in turn helps to fund the snowmobile and waterways programs. The ORV program does not get any of the tax.

But state legislators are looking for ways to better fund transportation and infrastructure costs. Some talk about the gas tax.

"We have a concern that opening that up could backfire," Kubisiak said "Opening that can of worms could (negatively) affect snowmobiling and waterways programs, too."

E-mail Howard Meyerson: and follow him on Twitter at

November 17, 2012

Michigan Motorized Recreation Council

For Immediate Release & Distribution:
  Yesterday’s Senate Hearing of SB1020, by a vote of 4-0, moved the bill to the next step which is a floor vote in the Senate planned for sometime next week.
In brief, the main objectives of the proposal are to do the following;

  Beginning in 2014, County Board of Commissioners in eligible counties will be able to open some M roads within their counties, with concurrence of MDOT. ( 2013 will be used as a “pilot” year in 10 counties in the UP and 5 counties in the LP) The openings will be for access to gas, food, lodging and area attractions.
Require the DNR to make 2 days annually, free ORV riding days.
  Changing the Event Permit requirements from 20 to 75 machines.
  Liability relief for Grant Sponsors ( trail maintenance volunteers)

  We suspect the entire bill to be posted today on the Senate Website and the current
Draft will be identified as SO 3095’11 * (S-1). The bill is expected to remain in the Senate Committee the remainder of this week to identify the mechanics of implementation.  
  Sometime next week, a Senate floor vote is expected, and then over to the House and action can be taken after 5 calendar days of the Senate vote by protocol.
  Now is your last chance for action, view the Bill on line, contact your State Senator and your State Representative in support. Adjournment is planned for December 13th, time is of the essence!
Michigan Motorized Recreation Council public release’s are the results of roundtable discussions by the major ORV organizations in Michigan, representing over 20,000 members. For additional information, contact Dick Ranney,

Coordinator @ 989 469-2405 or email
A 599-mile trail stretching from Detroit's Belle Isle to Wisconsin -- connecting existing trails and meandering through the middle part of the Michigan mitten and across its Upper Peninsula -- would showcase some of the state's most breathtaking vistas to hikers, snowmobilers and countless other off-road enthusiasts, according to a proposal unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The trail would wend through the state's forested areas and prairies, and through open lands and by waterways, offering year-round recreation to residents and tourists, said Ron Olson, chief of Michigan's parks and recreation division.

• Graphic: Proposed trail from Belle Isle to Wisconsin

Snyder introduced his vision for the trail -- as well as hopes to bolster the state's other trails -- during a special address Wednesday in which he outlined a plan for an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient Michigan.
To make the trail a reality, 81.5 miles of new trails would be needed in the Lower Peninsula and 152 miles in the Upper Peninsula to connect to existing trails.
"When we saw what we already had, we were pretty excited," said Valerie Brader, deputy legal counsel and senior policy adviser to Snyder.
In his address, Snyder said Michigan could one day be known as the Trail State. He later told the Free Press that the idea was rooted in a 2010 snowmobiling trip from Marquette to Escanaba.
"We got about halfway and ran out of snow," he said. "But until you're out there in the middle of winter, you just don't understand how wonderful it is. It's absolutely pristine."
Snyder already has directed the Department of Natural Resources to meet with communities, the federal government and volunteer groups that own or groom trails to see how they can connect and improve the network.
"We can do a much better job of marketing the trails," Snyder said.
The effort won't take much money, because the state doesn't plan on purchasing properties for the effort, Snyder said.
Ultimately, the trail might connect to Wisconsin's trail system, officials said, stressing that a map released by Snyder for the trail is conceptual, and proposed trails may shift slightly.
The announcement Wednesday was the latest in a string of special messages from Snyder about topics that have ranged from health and wellness to public safety and infrastructure.
Speaking from the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station near Kalamazoo, a field site for ecological research, Snyder called for better protection of the Great Lakes, better access to energy and natural resources for the state's poor and isolated residents and a thoughtful approach to the controversial drilling process known as fracking.
"We have unique assets in our state that many other people in the world wish they have. ... Let's not take it for granted but do something with (them)," he said.

 Contact Robin Erb: 313-222-2708 or

Gov. Rick Snyder proposes 599-mile trail to show off state
December 5, 2012

Michigan Motorized Recreation Council

For Immediate Posting & Distribution:
 Yesterday, Michigan Senate passed SB 1020 with a historic ORV legislation vote of 38-0. The Bill now moves to the House and to the Committee of Natural Resources, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation.
The Committee is Chaired by Representative Frank Foster (R) District 107, Pellston. 

 Also serving on the Committee are the following;

 Representative Kurt Demrow, (R) Port Austin, D-84

 Representative Holly Hughes, (R) Montague, D-91

 Representative Joel Johnson, (R) Clare, D-97

 Representative Harold L. Haugh, (R) Roseville, D-42

 Representative Maureen L. Stapleton, (D) D-4

 Representative Timothy Bledsoe, (D) Gross Pointe, D-1

 Representative Dian Slavens, (D) Canton Township, D-21

  Send each of the above the following, or similar email, beginning with the Chair.  Include your own State Representative in your mailing.
  Dear Representative___________

  I urge you to support SB 1020 for the following reasons;
Opening SOME M roads for access to gas, food, lodging and area attractions, an economic benefit to local communities.
Two free annual ORV riding days, again, for economic benefit to Michigan tourism.
Raising the DNR event permit requirement from 20 to 75 machines, same reason,  tourism.
Greater liability protection for Grant Sponsors, (volunteer trail maintainers) this very same basic language has been in snowmobile statue for decades, simply transferred to  ORV statue.
My most sincere Thanks for your consideration and support.

 John HappyORVuser
 12512 Anystreet
 Mytown, Michigan
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