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America Outdoors E-News

October 19, 2007

 
Contents:
New Proposed Forest Service Permitting Policy Published in the Federal Register Donate a Trip to the Live Auction at Confluence
Register for AO's Marketing and Management Conference Before Nov. 5 to Avoid Late Fees Sign up now for the Bowling Tournament
New Proposed Forest Service Permitting Policy Published in the Federal Register
 

The new proposed Forest Service permitting policy was published in the Federal Register on Friday, October 19th. AO will distribute a complete analysis of the proposed policy once and offer comments for members to use prior to the close of comment on January 17th. Within about two weeks of the proposed rules publication in the Federal Register, AO will host a conference call for members to explain the policy and suggest a course of action to ensure the maximum number of comments are submitted consistent with the overall interest of the membership and outfitted public.

Quick notes:

  • The policy creates significant issues for many outfitter holding priority use. After a five year review, any unused allocation will be transferred to a common pool for distribution to temporary use holders who may apply 12 months in advance. Priority use holders may only apply for use from the pool within 30 days of the trip.
  • Utilization of allocation will be reviewed every five years. The agency may award the highest year of use plus 10% to the existing priority use holders provided that the allocation does not exceed the original amount. This is too stringent for most outfitters who are regulated throughout the year, including during shoulder season and where resources are subject to drought, fire and the availability of licenses.
  • Temporary permit holders can apply for 100 user days per year. They are not subject to annual evaluations.
  • Inspections for annual evaluations for priority use are not subject to appeal but factor into the annual evaluations for priority use holders that are used to determine renewal.
  • Ten-year permits may be issued for priority use, subject to use review every five years, but only based on a needs assessment and NEPA. It is uncertain whether the use transferred to the temporary use pool is subject to NEPA.

The proposed rules and the proposed handbook guidance is under the Government Affairs tab in Proposed Rules on Americaoudoutdoors.org Members will get a hard copy in the mail with a complete analysis in a few days and proposed comments in a few weeks.

Carolyn Holbrook, Director of Special Uses in the Washington office of the Forest Service, will be presenting the policy and listening to our input at the America Outdoors Confluence conference in Reno on Wednesday, December 5th.

   
Donate a Trip to the Live Auction at Confluence

We have some great trips offered already for the live auction. Trips selected will be posted on the AO website in November. We’ll flash images of the trip on the screen during the auction. Greg “Lightning” Williams will auction 10 to 12 trips in thirty minutes. Join us for this fast-paced fun event and go some place special. To donate a trip contact Bob Volpert bob@idahoriverjourneys.com

   
Register for AO's Marketing and Management Conference Before Nov. 5 to Avoid Late Fees
 

To register for Confluence, America Outdoors' Marketing and Management Conference go to www http://www.americaoutdoors.org/confluence.htm

   
Sign up now for the Bowling Tournament
  It's Just for Fun
Bowling for Dough
Sponsored by Compendium Software
at the National Bowling Stadium across the street from the Silver Legacy
Thursday, December 6th 8:30 - 11:00 PM
Right after the party and trip auction.
The registration fee is $20. Participants will be assigned randomly to teams.
Stay out of the gutter and join us for this fun event. Call 800-524-4814 or register when you sign up for Confluence.
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