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    Default Success Story : Land Use Permits for Club Trail Rides (i.e. SB50)

    Today we were finally able wrap up the last remaining item on getting what was SB50 (now PA 119 of 2013) correctly implemented. As you may know if you followed along with SB50 that was passed in September of 2013, there were legislative changes in regards to when a permit would be required for “events” on state land. In the past, if there were more than 20 participants in a club trail ride (people, not vehicles) you would have been required to fill out a permit… many times costing more than $500.

    The new legislation put in place by SB50 removes the requirement if it is just organized trail rides, but there were many delays in getting this new policy implemented. As such, a number of club trail rides such as SnoFari and Snoblind were required this year to still fill out and pay for permits.

    After a lot of back and forth discussion between many different parties, the draft permit policy was approved at the July MSTAC meeting. The policy still has triggers where a permit is needed (i.e. off-route/trail access, staging area requirements, Commercial event, etc) but there is no permit required for a club based event that is using trails/routes/roads that they legally have access to and are open.

    So going back to what finally happened today – we finally got approval that the SnoFari and SnoBlind event would have not required a permit and as such will be reimbursed for their permits! Getting the permit back for this year is nice, but it is a huge step forward as it sets precedence that permits are not needed for “events” like these that are organized by clubs and held on legally open trails.
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    Nice work Rob.
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    Outstanding!!!
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    GREAT news
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    Well done to all that were involved!

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    Thank you for staying after this Rob, GREAT NEWS!!
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    Great news!!!!! Thanks for all the effort.

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    Awesome! Very helpful. No permit fees. And no bond money? This helps a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWEAK View Post
    Today we were finally able wrap up the last remaining item on getting what was SB50 (now PA 119 of 2013) correctly implemented. As you may know if you followed along with SB50 that was passed in September of 2013, there were legislative changes in regards to when a permit would be required for “events” on state land. In the past, if there were more than 20 participants in a club trail ride (people, not vehicles) you would have been required to fill out a permit… many times costing more than $500.

    The new legislation put in place by SB50 removes the requirement if it is just organized trail rides, but there were many delays in getting this new policy implemented. As such, a number of club trail rides such as SnoFari and Snoblind were required this year to still fill out and pay for permits.

    After a lot of back and forth discussion between many different parties, the draft permit policy was approved at the July MSTAC meeting. The policy still has triggers where a permit is needed (i.e. off-route/trail access, staging area requirements, Commercial event, etc) but there is no permit required for a club based event that is using trails/routes/roads that they legally have access to and are open.

    So going back to what finally happened today – we finally got approval that the SnoFari and SnoBlind event would have not required a permit and as such will be reimbursed for their permits! Getting the permit back for this year is nice, but it is a huge step forward as it sets precedence that permits are not needed for “events” like these that are organized by clubs and held on legally open trails.
    So does the 'flow chart' accurately walk a group through the process of 'do they need a permit' or not?

    If so, we should make that part of GLFWDA's contribution to simplifying the beauracratic/legalease confusion that abounds most every state agency.

    jim-kb8ymf

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    Awesome, Just AWESOME!
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