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Date sent:      	Thu, 29 Jun 2000 13:32:29 -0400
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From:           	Julee Hasbany <hasbanyj@STATE.MI.US>
Subject:        	SNOWMOBILE LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE
To:             	DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.STATE.MI.US

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 29 JUNE 00
CONTACTS:  Merritta Proctor, 517-373-2965
Dan Moore, 517-335-3321

SNOWMOBILE LAW ENFORCEMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE

LANSING--In order to expand local enforcement on Michigan's 
6,000 miles of snowmobile trails, the Department of Natural 
Resources is offering snowmobile law enforcement grants to 
city, village and township police departments. Prior to 
1999, the grants were available only to county sheriff 
departments.
Public Act 297 of 1998 expanded the eligibility to include 
city, village and township police agencies. The act also 
increased the snowmobile registration fee from $15 to $22 in 
order to promote enhanced enforcement on snowmobile trails.
"This is a great opportunity for local participation in the 
snowmobile law enforcement program by eligible law 
enforcement agencies to help maintain a safe and enjoyable 
snowmobile environment for the 275,000 registered 
snowmobiles in Michigan," said Ed Hagan, Acting Chief of the 
Forest Management Division. "Unfortunately, several thousand 
dollars were returned to the fund last year because there 
were not enough applicants." 
To be eligible for grant funding, the local enforcement 
agency must be located within a county with a minimum of 25 
miles of state-funded snowmobile trails and provide 
enforcement on those trails. In addition, the city, village 
or township must provide enforcement on designated routes 
into and through the community for snowmobiles to access 
local businesses. Counties or other local enforcement 
agencies that do not meet the above eligibility criteria 
also may be considered for a grant based on enforcement 
efforts required for a special event or targeted toward 
specific illegal activity.
In Michigan, snowmobiles are registered for three years. 
Under the $22 registration fee structure, one-half of the 
$14 earmarked for snowmobile law enforcement is available 
for trail enforcement grants to counties or other local law 
enforcement agencies.
PA 297 also requires the registration decal to be affixed to 
each side of the forward half of the cowl above the footwell 
on the snowmobile. Beginning July 1, 1999, each decal 
included the registration expiration date and the 
registration number, which consists of two letters and four 
numbers. This format will be fully implemented when the 
registration renewal cycle is completed in 2001.
Eligible law enforcement agencies interested in receiving a 
grant must fax their application request to the DNR Forest 
Management Division at 517-373-2443, or mail their request 
to Forest Management Division, Box 30452 Lansing, MI 48909. 
Completed applications must be postmarked by July 24.
For additional information, please contact Merritta Proctor 
at 517-373-2965 or Dan Moore at 517-335-3321.
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