ISSA officials met with state legislators Jan. 31 at the Travel Federation of
Iowa's annual Legislative Showcase. Members promoted snowmobiling in
Iowa and also discussed its proposed legislative package for 2017.
ISSA Signs Administrative Contract with IDNR
by Chris Willey, ISSA President
Sept. 11, 2017--We have reached a historic point not only in Iowa Snowmobiling but in organized
snowmobiling as a whole. We have accomplished something never before done and have set an example
for snowmobile associations both in the U.S. snow states and internationally to follow.
In early 2017, the ISSA worked with Iowa Legislators and the Iowa DNR to ensure that your
snowmobile registration and trail pass user fees are getting to where they are needed: to maintain your
local snowmobile trails. The ISSA has worked with the Iowa DNR for the Association to take even greater
responsibility for the Iowa Snowmobile Program. Special committees have been assembled and approved
to administer club grants, groomer placement and repairs, groomer operator training and licensing, and
general administration of the program. The Iowa DNR will continue to provide registration, law
enforcement and safety education oversight, with the ISSA and its subcommittees managing the rest of the
Iowa Snowmobile Program, including ownership and operation of the groomer fleet placed with Iowa
As of Sept. 11, the contract with the DNR transferring administration of the snowmobile program, the
ownership of the trail grooming equipment, and the initial snowmobile program funds to the ISSA Review
& Selection Committee (RSC) has been completed. The ISSA and RSC are now fully responsible for the
administration and grooming of Iowa Snowmobile Trails. The ISSA RSC will be meeting soon to finalize
the Club Cooperative Agreements (grant funds to clubs), Trail Insurance and Trail Sign Orders.
I would like to thank everyone involved in this process. We have insured that the future of
snowmobiling in Iowa is in the hands of the Snowmobilers. Please watch for more information on
iowasnowmobiler.com, email and at the upcoming ISSA Convention in November.