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America Outdoors E-Bulletin
June 15, 2006
||Be on the Alert for a Clever Money Order Scam
|| Sawtooth Adventure Company in Stanley,
ID spent nearly 3 months corresponding with prospective clients from the United
Kingdom only to find out they were running a money order scam. Fortunately, the
owners did not fall for it and alerted authorities before sending money to the
scammers to cover their airfare.
The company received an email
reservation for a Main Salmon trip from a couple in the United Kingdom. The
couple was very pleasant and professional, and preferred to pay by Cashiers
Check or Postal Money Order. They sent a combination of $8250 in the form of a
cashiers check and US Postal Money Orders for a $2600 trip. They claimed it was
from their travel agent in Beaumont, Texas. The couple asked Sawtooth Adventure
to send them the remaining balance so they could secure airplane reservations.
Another clue to the scam was the urgency in which they wanted to receive the
remaining balance via Western Union.
With an uneasy feeling about the
situation the owners researched the transaction by contacting their bank and
the U.S. Post office. The money orders were declared counterfeits and
confiscated. Many thanks to Sawtooth Adventure Company for sharing this
information helping fellow business owners become aware of the different types
of rip-offs they might experience out in cyberspace.
Creates World's Largest Ocean Preserve
||Creating the world's largest ocean preserve around a
group of Hawaiian islands about the size of California will be as historic as
the preservation of Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, according to Roger Rufe,
president of the Ocean Conservancy who was joined by other environmental groups
in praising the President's move. 139,000 square miles of largely uninhabited
islands, atolls, and coral reefs with be managed by state and federal agencies
as a National Monument which provides nearly permanent protection to the
The region starts 160 miles
west of Kauai and extends for 1,400 miles in an area called by some as the
American Galapagos. Midway Atoll, one of the outermost points, will retain its
airstrips as an emergency landing area for commercial and military aircraft.
But the rest will be off limits to development and commercial fishing.
||BLM Responds to Petition to
Stay Transfer of
Permit in Oregon
||BLM has filed its response to Michael Greenbaum's appeal
of the agency's decision to transfer two special recreation permits to
authorize use of the wild segment of the Rogue Wild and Scenic River. BLM asks
the Interior Board of Land Appeals to dismiss the Appellant's appeal because he
lacks standing. Greenbaum appealed the transfer of the permit when Rogue
Wilderness sold earlier this year. BLM says the Appellant fails to meet the
"adversely affected" prong of the standing requirement and fails to identify
how the action adversely affects his interest.
BLM responded to Appellant's arguments even though they asked for
dismissal of the appeal.
Factor 1. The relative harm
to the parties if the stay is granted or denied
The Appellant, Mr.
Greenbaum, describes his harm as follows: "By allowing the entire special use
permit process to be conducted in secrecy, myself, and other members of the
public are deprived of being allowed the opportunity to obtain one of the two
permits in question". BLM responded that the Appellant has not shown in any way
that he is qualified to be a commercial outfitter, where as the person to whom
the permit was granted has met the qualifications. Nor has Appellant shown how
he would be harmed as a private boater, according to the agency. BLM further
cites cases upholding the transfer of permits when the assets are transferred
with the sale of the business.
Factor 2. The likelihood of
the Appellant's success on the merits.
a. The Appellant claims that
the permit was part of the sale of the business and that the permit had
monetary value during the sale of the business. The sale of the business was
not adequately documented and the sale of the business conceals the sale and
value of the special use permit.
BLM says the appeal is
without merit. Transfer of permits is consistent with 43 CFR 2932.54, which
authorizes BLM to transfer permits only in the case of an actual sale of the
business. In their response BLM cited instances where the agency had denied
permit transfer when the sale of the business was a "pretext to sell the
BLM cites the extensive documentation that was submitted including
the qualifications of the new owner, the Business Plan, the Agreement for Sale
and Purchase of Business Assets, and the Request for Change in the Commercial
Special Recreation Permit.
b. The Appellant claims that
the transfer of the permit requires review and input from the public and asks
that the transfer documentation be opened for public review and comments. (This
would create serious cost recovery issues and increase the administrative cost
of permit transfers). BLM says there are no rules requiring public review of
permit transfers and cites court cases where mere disagreement with the
agency's decision does not merit a stay because the Appellant has not shown
that the agency made any errors in its actions or violated its
Factor 3. The likelihood of immediate and irreparable
harm if the stay is not granted.
BLM says that the Appellant
does not identify any specific harm or injury, immediate or irreparable, to any
group or individual if the stay is not granted. The Appellant argues that the
transfer denies him the opportunity to obtain a commercial permit, which BLM
denies since the regulations authorize permit transfer with the sale of a
business and there is no change in the Appellant's access to non commercial
Factor 4. Whether the public interest favors granting the
BLM says the Appellant does not identify how the public interest
would be served by granting the stay for a single individual. On the other hand
a stay would delay business operations of the permittee and deny recreation
opportunities to the outfitted public.
For a copy of BLM's response to the appeal send an email with your fax number
||Confluence Agenda Posted on the
||The agenda for America Outdoors' International Marketing
and Management Conference, November 29 - December 1, is available online at
Sponsors include ABN AMRO Merchant Services and Morrison Printing Company. A
registration form will be on the site by the end of June. Two thirds of the
trade show booths are already sold and based on inquiries we are looking
forward to a strong attendance this year in Salt Lake. The conference is at the
Hilton City Center. You can make reservations online at
Reservations. Please plan to stay at the Hilton to help AO avoid costly
penalties for not utilizing the reserved room block.
As many of you
know AO is using americaoutdoors.org as the association trade site.
Adventurevacation.com is the consumer focused site. While some information on
trade association benefits are overlapping, we are revising the
americaoutdoors.org site to make it more user friendly.
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