MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE
ASSOCIATION OF SNOWMOBILE ADMINISTRATORS
SNOWMOBILE TOURISM COUNCIL
SNOWMOBILE MEDIA COUNCIL
SNOWMOBILE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
This Master Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) is made and entered into between the United States
Department of Agriculture Forest Service, hereinafter referred to as FS,
and the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA),
International Snowmobile Tourism Council (ISTC), International Snowmobile
Media Council (ISMC), International Snowmobile Counci (ISC), and the International
Snowmobile Industry Association (ISIA), hereinafter referred to by their
initials or collectively as "cooperators".
The purpose of
this MOU is to establish a general framework of cooperation upon which
mulually beneficial programs, work projects, and snowmobile activities
may be planned and accomplished on National Forest lands. Such programs,
projects, and activities complement the FS mission and are in the best
interests of the public.
The FS is a land
management organization dedicated to the wise management of the Nation's
natural resources for a variety of uses and activities, including outdoor
recreation, and is interested in provicing snowmobile opportunities that
are environmentally sensitive, educational, enjoyable and provide economic
represent the organized snowmobiling public/industry and are the recognized
leaders in establishing snowmobile ethics, safety standards, volunteerism,
and fostering appropriate land use management on Federal and non-Federal
lands. The cooperators may desire to use the National Forest for recreational
purposes, provide support, and volunteer labor to the FS for accomplishment
of mutually beneficial projects or activities.
of the above premises, the parties agree as follows:
Ill. THE FS WILL:
the cooperators information regarding the development and presentation
of training materials related to snowmobile safety and ethics, and the
availability of snowmobiling opportunities on National Forest Lands in
accordance wrth the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 522 et seq.).
local FS officials to participate with snowmobile clubs and associations
in the develop ment of mutually beneficial work projects, educational activities,
and snowmobile opportunities.
IV. THE COOPERATORS
3. Make National
Forest system lands available for the furtherance of this MOU, subject
to applicable Federal laws, regulations, Forest plans, other management
1. Provide technical
assistance to the land managers and communities involved in work projects,educational
activities, and snowmobile opportunities.
its members to work with local PS officials to discuss and identify opportunities
for cooperative work on mutually beneficial projects or activities.
3. Promote Tread
Lightly ethics by providing training and instruction to its members.
4. Use the name
"USDA Forest Service" when referring to the Forest Service and submit to
the Forest Service for approval, prior to production, the final layout
of all promotional materials which use the Forest Service's name and insignia,
as requested by the Trails Coordinator. Recreation, Cultural Resources,
and Wilderness Management staff.
V. IT IS MUTUALLY
AGREED AND UNDERSTOOD BY AND BETWEEN THE SAID PARTIES THAT:
1. This MOU
is neither a fiscal nor a funds obligation document. Any endeavor involving
reimbursement or contribution of funds between the Parties of this MOU
will be handled in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and procedures
including those for Government procurement and printing. Such endeavors
will be outlined in separate agreements that shall be made in writing by
representatives of the Parties and shall be independently authorized by
appropriate statutory authority. This MOU does not provide such authority.
Specifically, this MOU does not establish authority for noncompetitive
award to the cooperators of any contract or other agreement. Any contract
or agreement for training or other services must fully comply with all
applicable requirements for competition.
2. The local
contact persons for FS are District Rangers, who have sufficient authority
to develop agreements and special use permits of the type envisioned by
3. This MOU
in no way restricts the Forest Service from participating in similar activities
or arrange ments with other public or private agencies, organizations,
4. Nothing in
this memorandum shall obligate the Forest Service to the cooperators to
expend appropriations or to enter in any contract or other obliaations.
5. This MOU
may be modified or amended upon written consent of both parties or may
be terminated with 30-day written notice of either party. Unless terminated,
this MOU will remain in full force and effect until September 30, 1998,
at which time it will be subject to review, renewal, or expiration.
Roy William Muth
6. The principal
contacts for this agreement are:
International Snowmobile Industry Assoc.
3975 University Drive
P.O. Box 96090
D.C. 20090-6090 Fairfax.
This document was optically scanned. Errors in character recognition may be present.
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