The Forest Service has issued a final Record of Decision to designate 198,000

acres of the Great Burn area in the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho as

wilderness prohibiting motorized access.  This area is predominately used by

Montana snowmobilers. The area currently has a PRIMTIVE designation allowing

snowmobiles and bicycles. Wilderness designation stops all snowmobile and

bicycle use. MSSA is opposed to this action and has, among other avenues,

enlisted the support of Congressman Rehberg and Labrador (Id). Closing public

land to multiple use has reached a critical mass and needs to curtailed. Closing

the area to snowmobiles defies all common sense as there is no trace of activity

after the snow melts and there is no evidence of any negative environmental

impact. Snowmobiling has approx. a $130,000,000.00 DIRECT annual economic impact

in the State of Montana. My interview with Stan Spencer is attached.