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November 15, 2007
||Premier Trip Auction at the Mine Shaft Party-- Get Ready for the
This year's Mine Shaft
Party and Auction will focus on socializing, lots of food and fun without a
band for entertainment. We discovered that most attendees want to meet old
friends and new acquaintances. That being said the silent and live auction will
have some great deals - once in a lifetime trips.
Come dressed in your
finest mining attire to mine for special prizes!
Have a trip or silent
auction item to donate? Contact us for a form! Trips with a retail value of
over $1,000 are best for the live auction.
A few of the trips that
will be auctioned are posted online. Check out the trips to Panama, the Nahanni
River, and the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park at
It's not too late to
register! Go the americaoutdoors.org site for details. Register
Sessions Planned on Proposed Forest Service Permitting
Carolyn Holbrook of the
Forest Service Special Uses Coordinator from the Washington office is scheduled
to present the new policy on Wednesday, December 5th with lots of time for
questions and comments.
AO will discuss our
position and proposed comments at a session in the afternoon on December 6th.
Check the agenda for complete details.
Some of the policy can be
supported, including the renewal provisions. AO will have a response and
comments proposed to the following problems with the policy that
- The policy proposes to
transfer use from priority use permittees to a common pool of use for temporary
permits of 100 user days if the permittee falls below 100% utilization of their
allocation in one of five years. Upon each five year review, a permittee's use
will be reduced to the actual use in the highest year plus 10%. Priority use
permittees will not have access to the common pool until 30 days prior to a
proposed trip. In some areas, permittees are regulated throughout shoulder
seasons, which results in significantly less than 100% utilization. Capacity is
needed nevertheless to meet demand when it does occur.
- Existing use pools
that have worked well will be abolished. Those pools should remain.
- Many guest ranches
and outfitters are operating on temporary permits with more than 100 user days.
Some were forced on to temporary permits due to unaffordable cost recovery
requirements that were necessary to meet NEPA analysis prior to renewal of
their permits. These businesses are in jeopardy because there will be no
temporary permits issued for more than 100 user days and most permittees cannot
afford the costs for NEPA analysis.
- Inspections for permit
compliance should be subject to appeal. The policy proposes to make these
inspection non appealable although they factor heavily into annual performance
- Temporary permits
should be subject to some level of oversight and annual evaluation. The
proposed policy leaves their holders virtually unregulated without annual
evaluation or inspection.
||Plan to Do
Your Pre-season Buying with These Great Exhibitors at the Sold Out AO Trade
Show in Reno
||Attend Confluence and buy from
this great lineup of vendors:
Achilles Inflatable Craft * Adventure Central * Adventure Sports
Online/Outdoor Mind * Adventure Travel Media Source * AIRE, Inc. *
AllAboutRivers.com/Quicksilver Interactive * ALPS Mountaineering * Aventuras
Panama * Bio Bio Expeditions * Blue Tent Marketing * Caviness Woodworking
Company, Inc. * CBIZ Insurance Services * Clavey River Equipment * Compendium
Software * Confluence Internet Services * Creative Bus Sales, Inc. * Croakies *
Custom Inflatables * Demaree Inflatable Boats, Inc. * Down River Equipment, Co.
* Duck Company, The * East-West Printing * EMI Sportswear * Evergreen USA *
G.A. Printing * Gattuso Distributing, Inc. * Gillingham & Associates *
Gorilla Graphics * Grand Roi Enterprise Co., Ltd. * High Range Designs * High
Wind Productions * Huge Sportswear * Hyside Inflatables * Icee-Kool * Ideal
Gifts and Photos, Inc. * Industrial River & Surf * Innovative Retail
Partners, Inc. * J. America * Jack's Plastic Welding, Inc. * Johnson Outdoors *
K & K Insurance * K-Pump Inc. * Lakeshirts * LaSalle Merchant Service * Man
of Rubber * Maravia Corporation * Morrison Communications * Mountain Shades,
Inc. * MV Sport/Weatherproof * NRS * Ohiopyle Prints, Inc. OPI * Ouray
Sportswear * Outbound Software * Paddlesports Warehouse * Partner Steel Co.,
Inc. * Ram Offset Lithographers, LLC * Reeves * RESMARK Systems * RESTOP
Products div. American Innotek * Rios Tropicales * Sattler Insurance Agency *
Sawyer Paddles and Oars * Sea Kayak Adventures * Smoking Needle Productions *
Sports Accessories America * Star Inflatables * Taylor Bus Sales * Techstyles
Sportswear * The Schneider Group * Thompson-Gusic Insurance Group * Triptiva
Reservation & Management Software * UCS Wireless * Valley Paddles *
Vanguard Inflatables * WELD * White Water Manufacturing/SOTAR * Wilderness
Medical Associates * Wilderness Solutions * WOGA - EIB * Woodland Power Stove *
Zebec / Woosung I.B. Co., Ltd.
Thanks to our 2007
LaSalle Merchant Services,
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