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Submit Old Photos for Industry History DVD to Be Shown at 20th Anniversary Confluence Celebration on December 4th.

Featured Confluence Program  How to Use Social Media to Drive Customers to Your Website

Forest Service Releases Alaska Flat Fee Policy

New Forest Service Outfitter and Guide Permitting Directives Expected to be Published This Week or Next

BLM Resource Management Plan for San Juan Ignores Outfitters Comments, Cuts Use 
 

Submit Old Photos for Industry History DVD to Be Shown at 20th Anniversary Confluence Celebration on December 4th.

We need your old photos, one or two, depicting the establishment of your company if you started prior to 1980.  We’ll be putting together a DVD from the early years of the industry. Here are the parameters:

  •  Pictures should be in jpeg files at least 300 dpi.  Do not send files larger than 2 or 3 megabytes.
  •  Date the photo and describe what it represents.  Also include a short paragraph about how your company started.  Funny stories will be appreciated.
  • Give America Outdoors the rights to use the photo for the DVD to be presented at the 2008 Marketing and Management Conference and for use in Association publications.
  •  Photos must arrive on our before October 20th.  Send the photos to mosemt@alltel.net  Contact David Brown at dbrown@americaoutdoors.org if you have questions about the DVD.

Help make our 20th Anniversary Reunion an exciting event.


How to Use Social Media to Drive Customers to Your Website

You've heard about Facebook, MySpace, blogging and podcasting. You even have a profile on one of these sites, but you haven't paid it much attention. Aren't these tools just for the Gen Y crowd, you know, those in their 20s?

Not anymore. These tools are being used by working professionals, senior executives and baby boomers and they're using social media to share information about finding their next great adventure.

There's an easy way and an intelligent way to use social media to attract customers to your business online. At the AO Marketing and Management Conferencein December, Leesa Barnes will share various ways outdoor and adventure businesses are using social media to boost their business. Leesa will demystify social media so you can leverage these tools to generate leads and find new customers effortlessly.

Make hotel reservations today at Hilton Reservations

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Forest Service Releases Alaska Flat Fee Policy

The Forest Service has released its flat fee policy for the Alaska Region.  The agency standardized most recreation fees at $5.00 per user day.  The policy could have implications for outfitters operating under permit in the lower 48 since the agency will the developing a new fee policy once the permitting directives are issued.  The fee amounts may be different since Alaska presents some unique circumstances with bush planes and hunting.  This rule is final and not subject to comment. 

Table 1:  Alaska Region Outfitting and Guiding Land Use Fees:
 

Activity           2008 Fees Fees Under the Final Policy
*General Recreation   $5.00
Road-Based Nature Tours $0.61 $5.00
Remote-Setting Nature Tours $3.03 $5.00
Flight-Seeing Landing Tours  $2.42 $5.00
Helicopter Landing Tours  $3.03 $5.00
Nonmotorized freshwater boat trips  $1.51 $5.00
Dog Sled Tours  $3.03 $5.00
Camping  $4.85 $5.00
Road-Based Wildlife Viewing  $0.61 $5.00
Remote Wildlife Viewing  $4.03 $5.00
**Visitor Centers  $0.61 $1.50
Over-Snow Vehicle Tours  $4.85 $10.00
Heli-Skiing Tours  $9.39  $10.00
Freshwater Fishing   $3.03  $10.00
Waterfowl and Small Game (Including Wolf) Hunting   $6.06  $10.00

 Brown Bear: Day Use
                    Camping

 $169.84
$236.13 
 $330.00
per hunt ****
 Black Bear: Day Use
                   Camping
 $  84.76
n/a *** 
 $150.00
per hunt ****
 Elk: Day Use
        Camping
 n/a*** 
 n/a *** 
$200.00
per hunt ****
 Moose: Day Use
               Camping
 n/a*** 
 n/a *** 
$200.00
per hunt ****
 Mountain Goats and Dall Sheep: Day Use
                                                 Camping
 $127.15
$157.42
 $200.00
per hunt ****
 Deer: Day Use
           Camping
 $36.32
$84.76
 $100.00
per hunt ****

Delivery and/or Pick-Up of Motorized and Nonmotorized Equipment, Such as Kayaks, Over-Snow Vehicles, and
Camping Equipment, to National Forest System Lands 

 $6.25  $10.00


* General recreation includes road-based nature tours, remote-setting nature tours, flight-seeing landing tours, helicopter landing tours, dog-sled tours, nonmotorized freshwater boat trips, camping, road-based wildlife viewing, and remote wildlife viewing activities that are in the current fee schedule.

** Visitor center flat fees do not include fees paid by visitors authorized under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

*** n/a – not on the current fee schedule

**** Fees for big game hunts are charged by the hunt and include camping.


New Forest Service Outfitter and Guide Permitting Directives Expected to be Published This Week or Next

The Forest Service Outfitter and Guide Permitting Directives may be published in the Federal Register within the next week.  Check your email for updates.


BLM Resource Management Plan for San Juan Ignores Outfitters Comments, Cuts Use

The Proposed RMP/FEIS for the San Juan River in Utah proposes to cut use even though no justification is cited in the document. 

1.  Trip sizes will be limited to 25 passengers (including crew) for private and commercial permits, changed from the current 25 with up to 8 crew for commercial outfitters, and
2.  One day trip allocation of 25 per day, instead of the current two launches with one at 25 passengers and one at 10. 

The final EIS has a thirty day protest period and is open to anyone who commented on the draft. One outfitter discovered that the consultant, SWCA Consultants, which prepared the EIS for BLM, deemed outfitter comments “non-substantive” and therefore they were not considered. Outfitters are asking for an extension of the protest period. 
 
 

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