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May 7, 2007

America Outdoors E-News

 
Land Owners Attempt to Shutdown Potomac River to Recreational Use Forest Service Proposes Amendments to Agency Directives to Facilitate Implementation of the Final Travel Management Rule
When Do You Know You Don't Have to Fulfill an Agency Request for Information? 20% Discount on QuickBooks and Other Intuit Products
The Silver Legacy Resort Is the Host for AO's International Marketing and Management Conference The Business Owner Resource Reports Are Available on the AO Website
Land Owners Attempt to Shutdown Potomac River to Recreational Use
  A group of landowners under the name Potomac Shores has tried to convince the National Park Service to restrict access to the Potomac River through the C&O Canal, which parallels the river in Washington, DC area. Potomac Shores claims to own the riverbed which floaters touch during their trip and are therefore guilty of trespassing. Fishermen, tubers, floaters and boaters routinely use the river which flows into nearby Washington, DC. Initially, NPS advised several AO members they would not be receiving Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA's) for the upcoming season because of the challenge by the land owners.

AO's attorney has written an extensive brief and met with NPS officials in DC in an attempt to keep the waterway open. He argues that the Potomac is a navigable waterway and that NPS has a right to allow access to the river through its property. Potomac Shores cites an 1845 patent for riparian rights granted to them by the State of Maryland. AO argues that this patent cannot supercede the public's riparian rights to the river. Any claim of trespass is superceded by a prescriptive easement, since the area has been used for years prior to Potomac Shores' claim of trespass. NPS rights to allow access to a navigable waterway are determined by the federal government's right to control and regulate navigable waterways. For updates on this issue, go to Hot Issues at http://www.americaoutdoors.org
   
Forest Service Proposes Amendments to Agency Directives to Facilitate Implementation of the Final Travel Management Rule
  Comments are being taken until May 8, 2007 on a Federal Register Notice that affects implementation of the agency's management of trails and travel management. A final Travel Management rule was issued on November 9, 2005. The current Federal Register notice also cites the procedures for inventorying and decommissioning "User-Created Routes". The rule, which is supposed to apply to motorized routes only, states that the agency plans to review these routes to determine whether or not they should be included in the Forest Service transportation system. Those not included in the system would be decommissioned and unauthorized for use. AO will submit comments to make sure the agency does not apply this inventory to non motorized routes, which is not the purpose of the rule. The definition of trails has been amended and now includes motorized and non motorized routes. Many trails used by non motorized users lead to climbing routes or high mountain lakes and streams that are not in the official transportation system.
   
When Do You Know You Don't Have to Fulfill an Agency Request for Information?
  There may be exceptions, so you need to check with an attorney before making a final decision, but according to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. This statute obviously only applies to federal agencies. An outfitter, whose Forest Service ranger recently asked him to keep a log of every drainage he entered by day, used this statute to stop this unwarranted, time-consuming documentation.
   
The Silver Legacy Resort is the host for AO's International Marketing and Management Conference
  Get ready for another informative conference in 2007 as America Outdoors returns to Reno for its International Marketing and Management Conference, December 5-8 at the Silver Legacy Resort. Make plans now to be with us in Reno for Confluence 2007.

In 2007 - AO's International Marketing and Management Conference will feature:
  • Breakout sessions in Sales and Marketing, Risk Management, Business Management, and Government Affairs
  • The Operations Network: Peer led discussion groups with real-world issues and solutions for your business operation.
  • BLM, FS, & NPS Regulation Workshops
  • The Outfitter Expo Trade Show and International Bazaar
  Take advantage of pre-season and show specials with these great industry vendors at the Outfitter Expo Trade Show:
ABN-AMRO Merchant Services * Achilles Inflatable Craft * Adventure Central * Adventure Sports Online * AIRE, Inc. * ALPS Mountaineering * Caviness Woodworking Company, Inc. * CBIZ Insurance Services * Clavey River Equipment * Creative Bus Sales, Inc. * Down River Equipment, Co. * East-West Printing * G.A. Printing * Gillingham & Associates * Grand Roi Enterprise Co., Ltd. * High Range Designs * High Wind Productions * Huge Sportswear * Hyside Inflatables * J. America * Jack's Plastic Welding, Inc. * K & K Insurance * Man of Rubber * Maravia Corporation * Morrison Communications * MV Sport/Weatherproof * NRS * Ohiopyle Prints, Inc. OPI * Ram Offset Lithographers, LLC * RESTOP Products div. American Innotek * Sattler Insurance Agency * Sawyer Paddles and Oars * Sports Accessories America * Star Inflatables * Techstyles Sportswear * The Schneider Group * Vanguard Inflatables * White Water Manufacturing/SOTAR * WOGA - EIB * Zebec / Woosung I.B. Co., Ltd.
   
20% Discount on QuickBooks and Other Intuit Products
  Get 20 % Off QuickBooks Products + Free Shipping. America Outdoors members can save on QuickBooks Software and other Intuit products through our partnership with Intuit. The easiest way to help your business succeed! QuickBooks 2007 takes the award-winning, simplified design of QuickBooks 2006 to the next level.
   
The Business Owner Resource Reports Are Available on the AO Website
  At no cost, our Members can now access The Business Library, an Information Service of 39 Reports containing 1,600 pages of information on more than 100 personal and business financial topics of critical importance to our members and their families. You can download these reports from americaoutdoors.org. Email the office for your password and check out the other valuable resources in the members only area. Email AO.
Resource Report Titles Include:
#1. Solving Cash Flow Problems During Tough Times
#2. How to Determine the Dollar Value of a Business
#3. Buy-Sell Agreements and Succession Planning
#4. Assessing a Business' Health and Profitability
#5. 20 Ways to Build Your Retirement Fund
#6. Selling a Business: Structuring and Negotiating the Best Deal
#7. Criteria for Setting Your Compensation
#8. Auto and Equipment Leasing
#9. Travel, Auto, and Entertainment Expenses: The Rules and How to Maximize Your Deductions
#10. Profiling and Presenting Your Company to the World
Go to the Member Resources area of the AO website.
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