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America Outdoors Association

August 7, 2009

America Outdoors Association Bulletin

LLC Interests Are Not Subject to the Same Constraints as Limited Partnership Interests for Purposes of Passive Loss Rules

Study Finds Whitewater Releases on the Cheoah River in North Carolina Are Not Having Impact on Fishery

The Future of Search  --  Feature Program at AOA Conference

NPS Reports Higher Visitation to
National Parks in 2009

How is the Industry Doing Overall?

LLC Interests Are Not Subject to the Same Constraints as Limited Partnership Interests for Purposes of Passive Loss Rules

Two recent cases, one from the U.S. Tax Court and the other from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, have ruled favorably to taxpayers that owners of limited liability companies are not subject to the same restrictions as owners of limited partnership interests in applying the passive activity federal tax rules.  To read the legal brief on the rulings from tax attorneys go to Risk Management under Member Resources on the America Outdoors Association website.

Study Finds Whitewater Releases on the Cheoah River in North Carolina Are Not Having Impact on Fishery

The restoration of the Cheoah River in western North Carolina and the occasional whitewater releases negotiated as part of the FERC relicensing effort are on track.  In particular the whitewater releases are not having a negative impact on fish reproduction. To view a good summary from American Whitewater  click here American Whitewater.

The Future of Search  --  Feature Program at AOA Conference. 
Make Airline Reservations Now
.

Airline fares are at near record lows, so make your reservations for the best 3-day investment in the future of your business at AO’s Management Conference.  This agenda offers the most focused, highest value programming available.  View the complete agenda and register on line at the new America Outdoors Association website.

Ron Jones will be sharing views on the state of the search engine marketing industry and the latest predictions about its future. Specifically, he will outline the latest reports from SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization) and share insights into the following topics:

• The Search Industry, It’s size and Key Industry Trends
• Where the money is going and from whom
• Universal Search
• Mobile and Local Search
• Social Media
• Vertical Search Engines
• Video Search
• Location Based Search


NPS Reports Higher Visitation to National Parks in 2009

Overall visits to National Parks are up by 10% over last year.  YTD NPS has recorded 769,632 more visits in 2009 than in 2008.  NPS keeps great visitation statistics available on line by type of Park and for specific activities.  To see the stats for all National Park units by type go to http://www.nature.nps.gov/stats/viewReport.cfm

How is the Industry Doing Overall?

We will be following up the Spring survey with a 3rd Quarter survey later this month.  Some outfitters are reporting strong business or at the very least are even with last year.  As you might expect, day trips near metro areas are doing the best with some exceptions in regions where cool, wet weather or high unemployment have dampened demand.  Value seems to be king in 2009.  In general, demand is weaker for more remote destinations with higher overall trip costs, especially if air travel is required.


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