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America Outdoors E-News
September 29, 2006
||Make Flight Reservations for the America Outdoors
Conference While Cheap Seats Are Available
||Don't delay in making your flight reservations for America Outdoors
International Marketing and Management Conference, a.k.a. Confluence in Salt
Lake City, Utah.
Unless you are staying over
for skiing, plan to arrive on Tuesday, November 28 and depart on Saturday,
||District Court Restricts
Navigation for Rights
for Hunting and Fishing Activities Adjacent to
Private Land During High Water
||Several members have asked
about a ruling in Louisiana that one boating organization claimed will restrict
access to waters adjacent to private land that are outside shipping channels.
The ruling prohibits fishing and hunting on the Mississippi River when high
water flows into private land and fills portions of old river channels that are
On August 29th the U.S. District Court for the Western District Court
of Louisiana over-ruled a lower court ruling and said that the public has a
right to use navigable waters, but there is no specific right to hunt and fish
on those waters when they flood private lands. The Court said that the flooded,
privately owned property in question is subject to public use but is limited to
activities that are incidental to the navigable character of the River. The
Court found that hunting and fishing were not included in those rights.
Service and Interior Call for
Nominations to Fee RAC's
||The U. S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior
announced today the establishment of a new public advisory committee structure
to provide recommendations concerning recreation fee proposals for public lands
managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Where the Agency uses Fee Resource Advisory Committees (Fee RAC's) in
five states and regions, outfitters have seats dedicated for their
participations. The existing BLM RAC's will be used in other areas and will
also oversee Forest Service fee sites. Some BLM's RAC's established recreation
subcommittee's but the Committee's were somewhat subject to the agency's
willingness to hold meetings and share information, which were limited in some
cases. That may change with the new law.
The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act requires the Secretaries
to establish Recreation Resource Advisory Committees (Recreation RACs) in each
state or region unless, in consultation with the governor of the state, it is
determined insufficient interest exists to establish a Recreation RAC.
Through a new interagency
agreement, both agencies will utilize existing BLM Resource Advisory Councils
(RACs), where appropriate, or new Recreation RACs chartered by the Forest
Service. These advisory committees and councils will make recommendations to
both agencies on implementing, eliminating and changing recreation fees. The
agreement details the duties of each agency and the procedures to be
Existing BLM RACs will be
used in the states of Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North and
South Dakota, and Utah. The Forest Service will establish five new Recreation
RACs across the nation. They will be in four Forest Service regions -- the
Eastern, Southern, Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest (including BLM
states of California, Oregon and Washington) -- as well as in the state of
Colorado. The Forest Service will also use the existing Black Hills National
Forest Advisory Board for the Black Hills National Forest. Based on
recommendations from the Governors of Alaska, Nebraska and Wyoming, there will
be no Recreation RACs in their states.
The committees may provide recommendations for recreation fees on
both Forest Service and BLM managed lands in their respective areas and are
expected to become operational as early as this winter. All advisory committee
meetings will be open to the public.
The Forest Service is currently accepting nominations for membership
on the five new Recreation RACs. People interested in serving on a committee
may review the application criteria and obtain a nomination packet at
www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/rrac. Nominations for these positions will be
accepted through Oct. 23, 2006. The interagency agreement is also available on
Although the existing BLM RACs already have members in
place; they periodically solicit nominations for vacancies on the committees.
Those interested in serving on a BLM RAC, can find local information on
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