Once again snowmobilers from across the country gathered in Washington D.C. to participate in the 18th Annual Snowmobile Fly-In. There were 65 snowmobilers from 16 states across the snowbelt that participated in the 3-day event. Business meetings were held on Sunday, Updates from Agencies, Partners, and Hill Staff took place on Monday and nearly 200 Senators and Congressmen were visited on Tuesday.
Speakers included U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Andrea Gerhke from the Recreation Department, Acting Deputy Director from the Department of Agriculture, overseeing Recreation Dan Jiron, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Interior, Kathy Benedetto, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the EPA, Patrick Davis, House Committee Staff Chris Marklund, representing the FHWA was Christopher Douwes, Christopher Easterlee from the Association of Air Medical Services as well as our partners ARRA and ARC.
Topics discussed included RTP, National Monument Designations, Wilderness Designations and Definitions, LWCF, Endangered Species, Budgets, and the Executive Orders. Many of these issues were also discussed with the Congressmen and Senators and their staff during the hill visits.
It was an exciting time to be in DC as the Secretary of Agriculture was confirmed and the President introduced the review of National Monuments that have been established over the last 21 years during our Fly -In.