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June 05, 2014Canadian Can Spam Act

Doing Business with Canadians?  Canada’s Tough Anti-spam Law Goes into Effect July 1, 2014 / National Park Service Suspends Recovery Effort for 6 Climbers of Mount Rainier Avalanche / Season Looking Better than Last Year for Most AOA Members / Briefing on Liability Issues in Paddlesports Rental Available / Are You Still Confused about Your Health Care Options under the Affordable Care Act?



April 08, 2014Hearing on Recreation Fee Bill

Making Your Email Marketing Matter / Hearing on Recreation Fee Bill Offers Hope for Changes to Draft Bill / Montana Outfitters Signing Cost Recovery Agreement with the Forest Service / Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Proposes Requirement for Electronic On-Board Monitors for Hours of Service / NPS Initiative Recreation Services Insurance Subcommittee



March 24, 2014BLM Renews Agreement with Disabled Sports USA to Provide Trips in the Southwest to Disabled Vets

BLM Renews Agreement with Disabled Sports USA to Provide Trips in the Southwest to Disabled Vets/ BLM Renews Agreement with Disabled Sports USA to Provide Trips in the Southwest to Disabled Vets



March 18, 2014Feds Issue Guidelines on Background Checks

What employers need to know about use of background checks.



March 14, 2014Cost Recovery, Google SEO Videos, Employee Screening

Google SEO Help Videos / Outfitter Organizations Express Concern about Cost Recovery Language in Draft REA Legislation / NPS Visitation Down 3% in 2013 / Tips on Screening Job Applicants and the Use of Background Checks /
New York State to Open New Concessions at Niagara Falls



February 25, 2014Hearing on Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act Scheduled for March 4th

Hearing on Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act Scheduled for March 4th / Executive Order on Minimum Wage Increase Will Apply to New NPS Contracts after January 2015 / Obama Administration Easing Employers into Health Insurance Mandate / AOA’s Twitter Account Hack Reveals Vulnerabilities of Twitter



February 18, 2014 On-Water Paddling Standards

A team of experts assembled with U.S. Coast Guard  (USCG) grant funding seeks national content validation of HUMAN  (manually propelled) boat operation standards/rubrics that will be freely available to the boating public. This is your  opportunity to impact the development of free recreational paddling and rowing (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards,  etc.) standards/rubrics that can be voluntarily used by educators when developing boating courses



February 14, 2014Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors Will Probably Apply to NPS Concessions Contracts

AOA's attorneys in DC think the President's Executive Order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will likely apply to NPS concessions contracts. We will get more details out after confirming the extent of applicability to those operating under federal authorizations. The minimum wage increase requires annual indexing for CPI.  Part of the text of the order can be found in this article.



January 07, 2014New Member Benefit

AOA is pleased and excited to announce a new endorsed member benefit — the AOA Shipping Program. Through AOA’s agreement with PartnerShip®, the company that developed and manages the program, AOA members who enroll save substantial dollars on every shipment — inbound, outbound, small, and large.



December 05, 2013Issues Update

The Big Regulatory and Government Affairs Issues for 2014.



December 04, 2013Get AOA Conference Schedule on Your Smart Phone

2013 AOA Marketing and Management Conference Has Gone Mobile!



November 25, 2013AOA Member Benefits

A Challenging Year?   We are often asked how the industry fared last year. The results vary by region and market segment.

 



November 17, 2013One Year Extension of FLREA

Legislation Re-opening Government Includes One Year Extension of FLREA / Special Programs at AOA Marketing and Management Conference, December 10 - 12



October 08, 2013Survey Update

Improved On-line Marketing Strategies Is the Number One Internal Factor for Profitable Companies

 



September 25, 2013AOA Conference Agenda - Annual Season Outcome Survey - Industry Benchmarking Project

Check out the Agenda and Seminar Topics for the AOA Conference / Please Take the Annual Season Outcome Survey  / Start a Discussion on the AOA Forum  / Participate in the Industry Benchmarking Project to Discover Industry Revenue and Expense Ratios. 

 



September 24, 2013AOA to Host Workshop on Reauthorization of the Authority for Outfitter and Guide Permitting in National Forests and on BLM Lands

AOA to Host Workshop on Reauthorization of the Authority for Outfitter and Guide Permitting in National Forests and on BLM Lands at the AOA Conference, December 11th / NPS Revises Seafood Guidelines in their Sustainable Food Guidelines / Take the end of season survey

 



September 20, 2013New Member Benefit

Notice to Employees on Health Care Options due October 1st  / New Member Benefit – Promotive Pro Plan / Marijuana May be Legal in Some States but Use on Federal Lands Will Still Get You Busted / Yelp Sues Law Firm over Fake Reviews / Check Out These Hot Topics among the Many Seminars at the AOA Conference

 



August 27, 2013Google / Ocoee Rock Slide / Group Health Insurance / AOA Conference

Google Still Dominates Search but Yahoo Sites Get More Traffic to Websites / New Rock Slide Closes U.S. 64 and Access to Ocoee River / Group Health Insurance at Your Company?  You Must Report Whether Your Plan Prescription Drug Coverage is “Creditable” or “Non creditable” by October 14th. Join the Crowd of Companies Already Signed up for the Benchmarking Study / The 2013 Trade Show is nearing a Sellout! / Check out the AOA Conference Agenda.  Come prepared to Renew, Motivate, Collaborate, Enjoy!

 



August 19, 2013Important Updates from AOA

NPS Announces Cancellation of Dinosaur Solicitation / New IRS Website Explains Tax Provisions for Affordable Care Act / Maryland Study Finds Delaying School Start Would Create $74 Million in Direct Economic Benefit

 



August 08, 2013Paddling Standards Alert

PolyOne to Cease Production of Royalex / USCG Group Trying to Set Paddling Standards for Entry Level Boaters / Sierra Club Signs MOU with BLM to Provide Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Stewardship Opportunities to Veterans

 



July 25, 2013Some Small Company Health Reform Obligations Take Effect October 1st
Small Companies Still Have ObamaCare Obligations in 2013 / Your Email Newsletter to Your Customers May Get Sorted Out by New Gmail Filters


July 10, 2013FLREA Reauthorization

Drafts of Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act Reauthorization Increase the Fee Burden on Permittees, Exempts Private Users from Backcountry Fees / Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg Having Fun with Rafting Competition in Upstate New York

 



June 27, 2013John Jantsch to Keynote AOA Conference in Albuquerque

John Jantsch, Founder of Duct Tape Marketing, to Keynote AOA Conference / Forest Service Withdraws Decision to Issue Outfitter Permits over Threat of Wilderness Watch Lawsuit / Royal Gorge on the Arkansas Opens Up to Rafting

 



June 18, 2013Important Updates on Healthcare and FLREA

Employers Required to Notify Employees of Health Care Exchanges & Health Care Options Beginning October 1, 2013 / Royal Gorge on the Arkansas Shutdown by Damage from Fires / FLREA Hearing Shows House Committee Is Serious about Amending and Reauthorizing FLREA / Use 2012 Financials to Get a Report of Your Company’s Performance Compared to Industry Averages

 



May 23, 2013River Round Up

River Round Up from Around the Country / Is Your Company above the 50 Employee Threshold When Factoring in Part-time Employees? / Does It Pay to Have Someone Submit Reviews of Your Company’s Services?

 



May 08, 2013AOA Members Testify at Hearing / Benchmarking Study

AOA Members Testify at House Hearing on Impediments to Recreation on Public Lands /  Use 2012 Financials to Get a Report of Your Company’s Performance Compared to Industry Averages

 



April 24, 2013Legislation Proposes Taxing Online Sales

Online Sales Tax Bill Clear Hurdle in the Senate / Flight Delays Caused by FAA Furloughs Generate Congressional Inquiries

 



April 17, 2013Forest Service Issues Clarification about When Background Checks Are Required

If you serve Boy Scout Troops or youth as part of your permitted services in National Forests, the new Forest Service background check requirement will also require you to fingerprint your guides and employees who serve youth unaccompanied by their parents.

 



April 08, 2013Get Risk Management Ready for the Upcoming Season

Get Risk Management-Ready for the Season; Resources Available to Members / OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Job Related Injuries / Misuse of Recreation Fees? Please Send Us a Report / Do Your Full and Part-time Employees Add up to 50 FTE’s? Start Projecting and Planning Now / Delaware Watergap Cuts Out Canoe Liveries Access Points Creates Uproar / Recreation Is Not an Emphasis of BLM’s NLCS Areas unless It's Designated as a Recreation Management Area / Budget Reconciliation Raised as a Possible Vehicle for Fee Bills and Gas Tax Increases

 



March 28, 2013Federal Lands and Health Care Updates

Okanagan Outfitters Get Nod for Permits after Completion of EIS / Grand Teton Lowers Insurance Requirements for Float Trip Operators / Legislation Proposes State Management over Chunks of National Forests / Increases in Health Insurance Premiums for Some Are Projected for 2014

 



March 22, 2013Important Updates from AOA

Jewel Nomination Moves Forward in Senate / Health Care Premium Subsidy Counter / Yosemite Plan Axes Many Concessioner Recreation Services

 



March 19, 2013Updates from America Outdoors Association

NPS Authorizes Concessioner Mark for NPS Concessions Contract Holders / Some States Prohibit Surcharges for Use of Credit Cards / FTC Staff Revised Online Advertising Disclosure Guidelines

 



March 01, 2013Forest Service Planning / Background Check Information

Forest Service Issues Proposed Directives on Development of Forest Land Management Plans / Need Help with Background Checks - You Might Want to Check Out This Website

 



February 21, 2013Sequestration News / Visa/MasterCard Settlement

NPS Outlines Impacts of Sequester of Visitors / Class Action Settlement Leads to $6 Billion in Processing Fee Refunds to Merchants Who Accepted Visa and MasterCard since 2004

 



February 13, 2013Sequestration Likely Unavoidable. Federal Agencies Plan to Curb Access.

AOA Headed to Washington, DC in March. Find Out Why

 



January 14, 2013Heads Up on Business Issues for 2013!

What is on the Agenda in 2013 that May Impact Your Business? / IRS and Department of Labor Are Ramping up Audits and Enforcement of the Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors / For Outfitters Operating on Public Lands -- A Full Plate of Policy Issues / Seasonal Workers Must be Included in Calculating the Number of Full-time Employees for Health Care Reform / Governor Cuomo Floats Idea for Whitewater Competition among State Legislators and Employees / NPS Announces Call for Award Nominations

 



December 27, 2012NPS May Be Moderating Liability and Risk Management Requirements

NPS May Be Moderating Liability and Risk Management Requirements / Significant Tax Increases Projected in 2013 with All Expiring Fiscal Cliff Tax Provisions

 



December 17, 2012Updates from AOA

FMCSA Calls for Input on Insurance Filings for Motor Carrier Authorizations / Budget Sequestration Could Close Some National Parks and Reduce Access Across Public Lands / GOP Announces Members of the House Resources Committee; Democrats Have Yet to Announce Members / Transportation for Indirect Compensation is Not Subject to the Same Regulatory Requirements as Transportation for Direct Compensation / 600 Outfitters, Vendors and Sponsors Make the AOA Conference One of the Best Ever

 



November 16, 2012Canyonlands National Monument

OIA and Coalition Ask President Obama to Establish Canyonlands National Monument / Sportsmen's Bills in Lame Duck Get Complicated / How Dealing with the Fiscal Cliff Could Impact Your Business / Turnout for AOA Conference Looks Great



November 02, 2012AOA Looking at Legal, Administrative and Political Solutions to FMCSA Regulations

AOA Looking at Legal, Administrative and Political Solutions to FMCSA Regulations / Registrations for AOA in Daytona Beach Booming / David Byrd from National Ski Areas Association to Offer Strategies on Compliance with Health Care Reform / AOA Benchmarking Report Complete



October 25, 2012Conference Updates

Interesting Comments on the NPS Healthy Foods Initiative for Backcountry Operations / Expert to Explain Opportunities and Obligations under the Affordable Care Act / Regulatory Changes to Commercial Motor Vehicle Regulations to be Discussed



October 22, 2012Nominations Open for Industry Awards

Nominations Open for Awards: The Esther Sanborn Environmental Excellence Award Exemplary Service Award



October 18, 2012Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

New Motor Carriers Must Update Their Registration. Read about the Other Regulations Headed Your Way from the Highway Bill Passed by Congress this Summer.



October 16, 2012Seasonal Workers and Health Care Law, Outfitter Shutdown, NPS Healthy Foods Comments

IRS Releases Seasonal Worker Coverage Guidance under Affordable Care Act / Secretary Salazar Announces Brian Merrill's Appointment to Utah BLM Resource Advisory Committee / Environmental Groups to Sue over NMFS Failure to Designate Critical Habitat for Loggerhead Turtles / State Court Orders Hudson River Rafting Company to Cease Operations / Suggested Points for Commenting on the NPS Healthy Foods Initiative for NPS Backcountry Operations



October 08, 2012Roadless Rule Updates / AOA Launches Online Forum

Supreme Court Upholds Clinton Era Roadless Rule Protecting 50 Million Acres of National Forests / Fatality on Hudson River Leads to Criminally Negligent Homicide Charge against Raft Guide / AOA Launching Online Forum to Increase Industry Collaboration and Networking Opportunities / Make Your Hotel Reservations for Daytona Today



October 01, 2012Election of Officers to be held at AOA Annual Conference

AOA to Elect Officers and Board Members at Annual Meeting, December 4, 2012



September 24, 2012Recreational Vessel Capacity Legislation, NPS Health Foods and More

Legislation Would Require Canoe, Kayaks and Rafts to Have Capacity Ratings Subject to Coast Guard Regulation / NPS Issues Backcountry Healthy and Sustainable Food Choice Guidelines for Backcountry Operations / Featured AOA Conference Program: Convert Clicks to Sales / PPA Finalizes Plan to Unify with AOA / Discover Which Industry Segments and Products Were Hot in 2012



September 13, 2012Industry Survey Results - Hantavirus Update

NPS Warn 230,000 Yosemite Visitors of Potential Exposure to the Hantavirus / 18 Questions, 5 Minutes and a Window into Industry Trends for 2012



September 06, 2012New Member Benefit

Wilderness Society Recreation Director Organizing Coalition to Improve Non Profits Access to Permits / Investigative Reporter Covers NPS Insurance Requirement Controversy / AOA to Attend Concessions Management Advisory Board Meeting / Update on State DOT Inspection / AOA Announces Pro Discount Partnership with Orvis / Donate a Trip or Item to the Live or Silent Auction



August 22, 2012Industry Benchmarking Survey Form Completed

Industry Benchmarking Survey Form Completed / Welcome to New Members / Tradeshow Nearly Sold Out / WOGA, RESMARK to Sponsor Events / Mobile Best Practices for Retail / This Week's Online Course



July 10, 2012Bipartisan Hydropower Bill Sails Through the House of Representatives

A bill (H.R. 5892) to streamline the installation of hydropower at non-powered dams recently passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. The legislation is likely to pass Congress if the clock doesn't run out.

 



June 29, 2012Victory on Van CDL Language in Transportation Bill

The requirement for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to develop a plan or study to require a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) endorsement for drivers of 9 to 15 passenger vans was removed from the final version of the Transportation Bill, MAP-21.



June 21, 2012Updates on Highway Bill

Despite Recent Pronouncements Deal May Be Struck This Week on Highway Bill



June 20, 2012House-Passed Omnibus Lands Bill Has Little Chance to Pass in the Senate

AOA Announces New Member Benefit for Shippers / House-Passed Omnibus Lands Bill Has Little Chance to Pass in the Senate / Colorado High Park Fire Shuts Down Poudre River and Some Area Tourism



June 13, 2012Revenue Management and Legislative Updates

How Revenue Management Helped the Travel Industry Survive a Down Economy / Legislative Updates / Tester/Thune Sportsmen Bill Attached to Farm Bill in the Senate



May 25, 2012Bill to Allow Horsepacking and Other Commerical Activities to Continue In Sierra Wilderness Passes Congress

With bi-partisan support (HR 4849) passed the House and Senate. This will allow horse packing to continue in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks until either wilderness studies are completed (an estimated three years) or (4) four years.



May 09, 2012Revenue and Expense Ratio Study for AOA Members

AOA Announces the Revenue and Expense Ratio Study in Partnership with CPAs at Industry Insights / NPS Buffalo River Contract Includes Unreasonable Requirements for Canoe Livery Concessioners / House and Senate Start Negotiations on the Highway Bill This Week / Google Algorithms Changed in April



May 04, 2012Google Analytics Adds Social Reports / H.R. 1505 Update

Google Analytics Adds Social Reports / H.R. 1505 Proposes to Waive over 30 Laws to Facilitate DHS Access and Surveillance in Border Forests and National Parks / Knowledge You Can Acquire in Daytona at the Marketing and Management Conference, December 4 to 6



April 20, 2012New Development on CDL Requirement

New Position on Van Provisions In Map-21 / Unusually Large Visa/MasterCard Payment by Your Customer? Be Sure to Alert Your Processor to Avoid Having It Held Up



April 17, 2012Satellite Phone Solutions

Satellite Phone Solutions, Reliability Is the Top Concern When Buying Service / 10 Question Marketing Survey / America's Great Outdoors Initiative / Slideshare Offers Great Free Slideshows on Demographics and Generations in the U.S. / Google Places Gets Your Business on the Map / Is Pinterest Worth Your Interest?



April 05, 2012Satellite Phones, Google, NPS Wilderness News

Which Is the Best Satellite Phone System? / Court Rules Needs Assessment Necessary Before Issuing CUAs to Outfitters in NPS Wilderness / NPS Release Updated Resource Page for Concessioners / Organic Search Rankings: Playing the Game of Google, This Week's Online Class



March 14, 2012Legislative Updates - H.R. 4019

H.R. 4019 Changes Everything for Outfitters in National Forests / Transportation Bill with Van CDL Study Language Expected to Pass Senate / Hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources -- Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee



March 12, 2012CDL Update, National Forest Fee Legislation

Senate Gradually Clearing Way for Passage of Highway Bill / Senator Klobuchar Leads Fight for Recreational Trails Funding in Highway Bill / Alert to National Forest Outfitters. H.R. 4019 Will Require Dramatically Higher Fees on Permitted Activities



March 07, 2012Update on Background Checks

Senate Highway Bill with Van Provision Fails Cloture Vote / Senator Udall Considering National Monument and Wilderness for Arkansas River Canyon in Colorado / Use of Background Checks in Hiring Should Be Done with Appropriate Considerations / White House Conference on Conservation Promotes America's Great Outdoors Initiative / NPS Asking Concessioners to Post Promotions on Fee Free Days / Automakers Ramping Up Production of CNG Vehicles



February 27, 2012Supreme Court Decides Against State's Ownership of Non Navigable Riverbeds

In a ruling on February 22, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overturned the Montana Supreme Court and ruled that Montana could not use a broader interpretation of the law to claim ownership of non-navigable riverbeds. SCOTUS said the state must use a segment by segment approach to determine navigability.



February 20, 20129 to 15 Passenger Van CDL Requirement

Senate Surface Transportation Bill Would Study Van CDL Requirement. Report to House Committee Required Within 18 Months.



February 09, 2012Recreation Trails Alert

Recreational Trails Program Threatened by Budget Axe / HP Provides Some Revelations and Tips about Groupon



February 02, 2012Volume 10 Number 2 Forest Service Planning Rule

Confluence: The Video / Preliminary Permit for Hydro Project on the Lehigh River / Forest Service Planning Rule Preferred Alternative Elevates Recreation / Forest Service Revises Permit Language Liability Clause for the Better / FICOR's First Meeting Authorizes Expansion of Recreation.gov



December 29, 2011Volume 9 Number 51 AOA Conference Wrap Up

Happy New Year from America Outdoors Association!! / AOA Conference Wrap Up / Minimum Wage Increases in Several States on January 1



December 15, 2011Volume 9 Number 49

Senate Committee Marks-up Another Bill with CDL Report Requirement / What Inspired You at the AOA Conference?



November 16, 2011Volume 9 Number 48

Benefits Your Company Will Receive at the AOA Conference in Reno / AOA Submits Whitepaper from Actuary on High NPS Insurance Requirements / Results from the Industry Outcome Survey for 2011 / AOA's Conference Goes Mobile



November 08, 2011Volume 9 Number 47

Who Owns The Reputation of Your Business? / Last Call for the Pre-Registration Discount / Over 300 Entrants Expected for the Bowling Tournament / Sign-up for Free Website Reviews at AOA Conference / NPS Partners with U.S. Public Health Service to Promote Healthy Parks Healthy People Initiative



November 04, 2011Volume 9 Number 46

Checkout the Industry Outcome Survey for 2011 / The Final AOA Conference Agenda / Welcome to the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association



October 27, 2011Volume 9 Number 45

What Drove Growth for Outfitters in 2011? / AOA Conference Featured on MarketWatch / eLearningU.com - Third Party Resellers, best practices for businesses considering GroupOn, Team Buy etc.



October 24, 2011Volume 9 Number 44

Forest Service Proposed Rule Limit Appealable Decisions and Shortens the Time to Submit Appeals / Resources Committee Makes Recommendations to the Supercommittee. Hearings on Wilderness Bills Scheduled This Week



October 20, 2011Volume 9 Number 43

Free Social Media and Website Reviews / Boston University Study Finds High Correlation between Bad Reviews on Yelp and Groupon Offers / With Strong Support from Senator Udall, Ski Area Legislation Passes to Enable Resorts to Offer Summer Activities



October 17, 2011Volume 9 Number 42

What Strategies Generated Growth for Outfitters in 2011? / NPS Puts Turners Triangle X Contract out for Bid with No Renewal Preference / Thank You to the 2011 Trade Show Exhibitors



October 13, 2011Volume 9 Number 41

Discover Industry Trends / AOA Member's employee makes appearance on the Letterman Show / Park Visitation Data Show Impacts of Weather and Economy / Forest Service Revises Rules Governing Appeals of Permit Decisions / Risk Management Programs to Deal with Emergency Response and Crisis Communication Strategies / AOA Hires Actuary to Deal with NPS Insurance Requirements H.R. 2834 Promotes Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on Public Lands / Congressional Democrats Finalize Recommendations to Supercommittee



October 07, 2011Volume 9 Number 40

Requirement to Post Employees Rights to Unionize Postponed



October 06, 2011Volume 9 Number 39

How Zappos Created a Culture that Grew Sales to $1 Billion in Ten Years with Minimal Advertising - Get Your Sneak Preview Here



September 29, 2011Volume 9 Number 38

Secretary Salazar Promotes Economic Benefits of Recreation on Swing Through Western States



September 22, 2011Volume 9 Number 37

AOA's Marketing and Management Conference! December 6 through 8, 2011 Reno, Nevada



September 16, 2011Volume 9 Number 36

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Finalizes Rule to Require Businesses to Post Union Organizing Rights / AOA Visits Capitol Hill to Press for Adequate Funding for Forest Service, BLM and NPS / AOA Conference Highlights - MIchael Berry NSAA President to Present



September 08, 2011Volume 9 Number 35

Grow Demand and Improve Your Bottom Line



August 31, 2011Volume 9 Number 33

Hot Issues Update



August 18, 2011Volume 9 Number 32

Fate of Health Care Reform Headed to Supreme Court after Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings / Health Care Reform Tax Credit Update / Forest Service Hints of More Changes to Permitting Policy / Deputy Chief Joel Holtrop Retires in October / Unconventional Hacking Strategy Combines Internet and Telephone



August 05, 2011Volume 9 Number 31

Outfitting Industry Has a Great Stake in the Outcome of the Debt and Deficit Debate



July 26, 2011Volume 9 Number 30

Registration Opens for AOA's Marketing and Management Conference / Colorado Water Pipeline Study Cancelled



July 14, 2011Volume 9 Number 28

Deal Expected on Debt Ceiling - No Shutdown of Federal Resources Likely / Visits to National Parks Decline YTD. / Southeast May See Record Rafting Numbers. Other Active Travel Outfitters Results Are Mixed / Rep. Tipton Circulating Letter for Audit of Recreation Fees



July 01, 2011Volume 9 Number 27

Guide to Creating a Crisis Management and Communication Plan Available on AOA Website / IRS Increases Deduction for Mileage / New Debit Fees Effective October 1st / NPS Accepting Nominations for Concessioner Accessibility Achievement Awards



June 28, 2011Volume 9 Number 25

Are Your Merchant Services Fees About to Go Down? / Fraud Alert / Secrets of Search Engine Success



June 15, 2011Volume 9 Number 24

Results of the AOA Marketing Study



June 13, 2011Volume 9 Number 23

Rural Council to Recommend Policies to Boost Rural Economies / American Rivers President Nominated to Be Assistant Secretary of Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks / Don’t Forget About These Money Saving Benefits from America Outdoors Association



June 08, 2011Volume 9 Number 22

Today Is IPv6 Day. Whoopee! Will it Affect Your Website and Reservation System?



May 31, 2011Volume 9 Number 21

AOA Appeals to NPS for Reasonable Insurance Requirements / Survey Results Predict Modest Improvement for 2011: Economy Still Top Concern among Outfitters / Funny Video from Zoar Outdoor



May 13, 2011Volume 9 Number 20

AOA Submits Comments to the Forest Service Planning Regulations; Asks for Equal Status for Recreation Component of Planning.



May 10, 2011Volume 9 Number 19

Take Five Minutes to Answer the Market Outlook Survey for 2011 / Snotel Report Promises High Water and Snow-filled Passes with Important Risk Management Considerations



May 06, 2011Volume 9 Number 18

Essential Practices Risk Management DVD for Outfitters and Adventure Travel Businesses / Senate Transportation Committee Approves Motorcoach Bill with Modified CDL Language / Ruling Against Forest Service Awards $1.95 Million to Family Whose Son Was Killed by Bear in Campground / Utah Sues to Stop Implementation of BLM Wild Lands Initiative



April 27, 2011Volume 9 Number 17, CDL's for 15 Passenger Van Drivers

Arlo Needs Our Help / Senate Committee Set to Vote on Bill to Require CDL's for 15 Passenger Vans / Absurd New Passport Application Requirements Proposed



April 19, 2011Volume 9 Number 16

Essential Risk Management Practices DVD Scheduled for Release this Month / Historic Wolf Delisting Rider Passes Congress in the Budget Bill



April 07, 2011Volume 9 Number 14, CDL's for 9 to 15 Passenger Vans

Senate Committee to Vote Tuesday on Bill to Require CDL's for 9 to 15 Passenger Vans / Department of Interior to Close National Parks if Government Shuts Down



April 04, 2011Volume 9 Number 13

Congress Must Act Fast to Avoid a Shutdown. The Latest Scoop and What You Can Do if Your Operation Is Impacted.



March 31, 2011Volume 9 Number 12, CDL Legislation

Legislation Requiring Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDL's) for 9 to 15 Passenger Vans Introduced in the House and Senate. Contact Congress ASAP!



March 28, 2011Volume 9 Number 11

What Will Happen to Your Operation if the Government Shuts Down after April 8th? / Quick Update on National Issues / Progress on Several Issues at Camp Washington / This Week's Online Class: Know Thy Customer - Tourism Market Segmentation



March 22, 2011Volume 9 Number 10

With Passage of Legislation to Delist Wolves Imminent, Interior Brokers Deal with Litigants to Delist Wolves in Montana and Idaho / Get the Lowest Priced Gas with This Easy to Use Map. Also See Site for Ethanol Haters. / Save Money on Payroll Services and Evaluate Potential Savings on Workers Comp. Get a Free Employee Manual with Payroll Services. / This Week's Online Class: Mobile MUST be in your Marketing Strategy



March 02, 2011Volume 9 Number 9

Save Money on Payroll Services and More with AOA New Member Benefit / Forest Planning Rule Proposes More Flexible Forest Plans / Contentious Hearing in House Natural Resources Committee over BLM's Wildlands Authority



February 23, 2011Volume 9 Number 8

AOA's 2011 Marketing and Management Conference in Reno! Visit the discussion board on AOA�s Facebook Page. Start a discussion of your own. / This Week's Online Class: Measuring the Impact of Facebook



February 18, 2011Volume 9 Number 7

1099 Repeal Proposal Includes Exemption for Rental Property / President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Report Released / The AGO Report Cites Permitting Issues as a Concern



February 14, 2011Volume 9 Number 6

Forest Service Releases Planning Rule / Budget Proposal for FY 2011 Whacks Away at Recreation and Fish and Wildlife Programs



January 31, 2011Volume 9 Number 5

IRS Releases Form to Be Used to File for Health Insurance Tax Credit for Small Businesses and Tax-Exempt Orgs / Obama Administration Supports Repeal of Form 1099 Reporting Provision / House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Announces Oversight Plan / New DOJ Rule Opens Trails to Motorized Use at Accommodations on Private and Public Lands



January 26, 2011Volume 9 Number 4

Fed's Beige Book Shows Economy Strengthening but Pricing Not Keeping Up with Inflation / Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association Looking for New Executive Director



January 19, 2011Volume 9 Number 3

President Calls for Streamlining Regulations, Reiterates Regulatory Flexibility Act



January 10, 2011Volume 9 Number 2

Protect Your Brand with a Social Media Policy for Employees



January 03, 2011Volume 9 Number 1

BLM to Inventory Areas for Wild Lands Designation / Chairman of Natural Resources Committee Announces Subcommittee Chairs / America Outdoors Association Launches eLearning Program with Facebook Course



December 22, 2010Volume 8 Number 134

Congress Renews Tax Cuts and Adds a 2% Employee Social Security Payroll Tax Deduction for 2011 / 9th Circuit Rules against Two Water Structures for Sheep in KOFA NWR in Arizona / Census Data Shows Greatest Population Growth in South and West / American Airlines Terminates Agreement with Orbitz



December 15, 2010Volume 8 Number 133

What Participants Said About the America Outdoors Association Marketing and Management Conference / Outlook for the New Congress



November 11, 2010Volume 8 Number 132

National Commission of Fiscal Responsibility Proposes Cuts to Federal Agencies, Higher Fees / First Increase in Travel and Tourism-Related Employment in More Than Two Years



November 08, 2010Volume 8 Number 131

AOA Conference Attendance Looking Strong. More Exhibitors with Money-Saving Services and Products to Diversify Your Operations / Election Changes Line-up of Leadership of Key Committees in the House / Forest Service Proposes New Directive on Enhancing Partnership / I-161 Ballot Initiative Eliminates Outfitters' Out of State Hunting Licenses



November 02, 2010Volume 8 Number 130

AOA and Bank of America Merchant Services Renew Preferred Processor Agreement / The early registration for AOA's Marketing and Management Conference ends soon. Register today.



October 29, 2010Volume 8 Number 129

20% off on QuickBooks Pro 2011 / Architecture Billing Index Points to Economic Recovery / A Map of Increasing Obesity / Sign up for free Website Reviews at the AOA Conference in Salt Lake City



October 26, 2010Volume 8 Number 128

Lodging Issues Added to Op Network at Confluence, Tuesday, December 7th. / Make Your Reservations at the Radisson Today to Ensure Availability / Fund Your Dream Is a New 'Preferred Merchant Services Provider' for America Outdoors Association Members / DOT, EPA Propose the Nation's First Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks, Buses and Shuttle Vehicles



October 19, 2010Volume 8 Number 127

Forest Plan for Recreation Activities Invalidated / Eighth Circuit Upholds Superior Forest Plan. Agency Adequately Considered Plan's Impact on Wilderness. / Helena Independent Record Opposes I-161 Initiative / Senate Committee Lists Approved Summer Activities for Ski Area Legislation



October 14, 2010Volume 8 Number 126

IRS Postpones Requirement to Report Health Insurance Benefits on W-2's / Make Your Reservations for the America Outdoors Conference in Salt Lake Now / Check Out the Vendors Scheduled for the Tradeshow



September 30, 2010Volume 8 Number 125

Coast Guard Authorization Passes without New Taxing Authority. We Won! / Boost Your Bottom Line with Small Business Tax Breaks Just Signed into Law / Latest Round of Health Care Reform Took Affect Earlier in September / BLM Organizing Disabled Veterans Access Forum in Denver for Federal Agencies / AOA Conference Program to Feature Strategies to Improve Mobile Search Rankings



September 24, 2010Volume 8 Number 124

The Radisson, host hotel for the America Outdoors Association meeting in Salt Lake, December 6 - 9, is filling fast. Make your plans now to arrive on Monday, December 6 and depart on Friday, December 10th.



September 22, 2010Volume 8 Number 123

Most AOA Members See Some Improvement in Profits in 2010 / BLM Considering Establishment of 2.5 million Acre Bison Range in Montana / NPS Intermountain Region Director John Wessels to Offer Views on the Future of Outfitter Concessions in Region at Confluence / Check out the National Debt Clock -- This Site Has Lots of Cool Stuff / Smith Travel Research (STR) Finds Modest Improvement in Hotel Occupancy and RevPAR. Luxury Market Improving / AOA Signs Letter with over 80 Other Recreation Groups including the Association of Retired Forest Service Employees



September 16, 2010Volume 8 Number 122

All Flights to Require Secure Flight Passenger Data 72 Hours in Advance Beginning November 1st. Register Now for the AOA Marketing and Management Revolution



September 13, 2010Volume 8 Number 121

Take Advantage of Low Airfares by Booking Your Flights to Salt Lake City for AOA's Marketing and Managment Conference Now! Dates: December 7-9, 2010



August 05, 2010Volume 8 Number 120

What Is the Future for Adventure Tourism and Travel Marketing? / Nielsen Finds Social Media Takes Nearly 25% of On-Line Time / Health Care Reform Updates / IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Service Criticizes New 1099 Filing Requirement



July 28, 2010Volume 8 Number 119

Growing Your Business in the New Economy: AOA Announces the 2010 Marketing and Management Conference Agenda / NPS Names John Wessels as Intermountain Regional Director / Secretaries Salazar and Vilsack Announce Appointments to Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council / 16 Injured, 1 Killed by Lightning Strikes in Grand Teton National Park / Program to Feature Essential Risk Management Practices in Your Operation



July 22, 2010Volume 8 Number 118

Association of Certified Audit Examiners Find Occupational Fraud More Likely in Small Businesses / Forest Service Issues New Updated "Need Assessment" for Pasayten and Lake Chelan Wilderness / Correction to Our Last Bulletin on Forest Service Visitation



July 16, 2010Volume 8 Number 117

Forest Service Study Reveals Much about the Demographics of Recreation Visitors / Update on Legislation to Authorize New Taxes on Your Services on Navigable Waters / The White House Wants to Hear from You about the Conservation and Recreation Agenda for the 21st Century



July 08, 2010Volume 8 Number 116

Forest Service Study Shows that Recreation Creates 223,000 Jobs in Rural Areas / America Outdoors Association Renegotiating Credit Card Processing Rates for Members / Upcoming Listening Sessions for America's Great Outdoors Initiative



July 02, 2010Volume 8 Number 115

2010 National Accessibility Achievement Awards Call for Nominations / Health Care Reform Implementation Begins with New Website and Rules on Pre-existing Conditions for Children and Other Benefits / CBO Report Projects Debt Will Reach 62% of GDP by the End of the Year / Listening Session for President's Great Outdoors Initiative Set for Asheville, NC / Fraudulent Signatures Submitted in Campaign to Eliminate Non Resident Licenses for Montana Outfitters



June 16, 2010Volume 8 Number 114

New Member Benefit: Free Business and Financial Guides from The Business Library / IRS Says that Family Members Who Work in the Business Are Not Counted as Employees or Eligible for Tax Credits



June 07, 2010Volume 8 Number 113

Legislative alert: Charter fishermen, fishing guides, tour boats, and sea kayak companies. Stop efforts to add state and local tax authority to your services on federally navigable waters.



June 03, 2010The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, H.R. 3619, which passed in the U.S. House, contains a provision, Sec. 301, that authorizes state and local governments to levy new sales taxes on goods and services on navigable waters, unless the vessels are primarily engaged in foreign commerce. SAVE YOUR JOB! Oppose Sec. 301 in H.R. 3619 which adds new state and local taxing authority for recreational services on navigable waters.



June 01, 2010Volume 8 Number 112

Where to Find Customizable Employee Manual Templates Consistent with Your State Law / Review of Van Regulations Which Take Effect June 1, 2010



May 24, 2010Volume 8 Number 111

IRS Ruling on Tax Credits for Small Firms Providing Health Insurance Coverage / Hire Act Payroll Tax Holiday / Update on New 1099 Filing Requirements



May 18, 2010Volume 8 Number 110

AOA Market Outlook Survey Forecasts Modest Recovery for the 2010 Season



May 13, 2010Volume 8 Number 109

New Member Benefit: Save Big Money on Energy Efficient Lighting and Other Products



May 11, 2010Volume 8 Number 108

House and Senate Conference on Coast Guard Authorization Bill to Decide Future of Taxes on Navigable Waters / Regional Forester Says 100,000 Trees Are Falling Per Day in Colorado and Wyoming National Forests / Ski Areas Post Second Highest Attendance on Record / Boston Globe Article Features Pack Trip in the Tetons / Outfitter Calls for Emergency Closure to Hunting District in Bitterroot Valley, Montana



April 30, 2010Volume 8 Number 107

Health Care Reform Bill Dramatically Increases 1099 Filing Requirement / New Rock Slide in Ocoee Gorge Takes Out Portion of Flume Line. Highway and River Open



April 26, 2010Volume 8 Number 106, CDL Legislation

Ballot Initiative to Eliminate Hunting Licenses Set-Aside in Montana Coming Down to the Wire / 9 to 15 Passenger Van Regulations / Growing Demand - Marketing and Management in the New Economy / DOL and IRS to Scrutinize Misclassification of Independent Contractors / Environmental Stewardship Awards



April 19, 2010Volume 8 Number 105

Call for Nominations for the 2010 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards.



April 16, 2010Volume 8 Number 104

President Obama signs 21st Century Strategy for Great Outdoors Memorandum at White House Conference.



April 15, 2010Volume 8 Number 103

Federal Reserve Sees Uptick in Tourism and Other Economic Sectors / Rockslide Cleared. Ocoee to Open this Weekend. I-40 Still Closed at NC Line. / Colorado Governor Trying to Settle Float Issue in Colorado



March 30, 2010Volume 8 Number 102

Health Care Reform Update - Penalties Increased for Not Providing Coverage to $2,000 Per Employee for "Larger Employers" / White House Conference on the Great Outdoors Initiative Scheduled for April 16th / We Need Stories about Your Efforts to Provide Trips and Outdoor Activities for Disadvantaged Groups / Utah Governor Authorizes Bill to Seize Federal Lands for the State



March 25, 2010Volume 8 Number 101

Health Care Reform - Is Your Business Exempt from Coverage Requirements and Penalties? How Do Part-time and Seasonal Workers Fit into the Mix? / United Airlines Magazine to Feature Adventure Travel Article



March 22, 2010Volume 8 Number 100

Health Care Reform - How Will It Affect You and Your Business? / Colorado Governor and Lobbyists Send Colorado Right to Float Bill Into Legislative Black Hole



March 19, 2010Volume 8 Number 99

Jobs Bill Provides Social Security Tax Holiday for Hiring Unemployed.



March 17, 2010Volume 8 Number 98

Bill to Protect Commercial Rafting on Colorado Rivers Squeaks through Committee in State Senate / Free Admission during National Park Week Scheduled April 17-25, 2010.



March 15, 2010Volume 8 Number 96

Bill to Require CDL's for 9 to 15 Passenger Van Drivers Unlikely to Pass This Year / Slides and other Natural Disasters Impacting the Industry / Travel Industry Expects Modest Gains in 2010



March 12, 2010Volume 8 Number 97

Leaked Interior Memo to Establish 17 National Monuments in the West by Presidential Decree Creates Uproar / States Closing State Parks and Campgrounds under the Pressure of Budget Cuts / Colorado Senate Committee to Vote or Right to Float Bill on 3.15.10 / Check out the Executive Directors Trends in Outfitting and Active Travel Presentation to the Southern Oregon Visitors Association



March 04, 2010Volume 8 Number 95

Media Alert - Cable Morning Show Looking for Locations to Feature for Family Trips / Important Notice to NPS Concessioners and CUA Holders Using NPS Utilities / New America Outdoors Association Facebook Page



February 26, 2010Volume 8 Number 94

Representative Simpson Queries the Forest Service Chief on Cost Recovery for Permits in Idaho / Travel Promotion Act Headed to President's Desk



February 25, 2010Volume 8 Number 93

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and NRA Oppose Ballot Initiative in Montana to Eliminate Hunting License Set Aside for Montana Outfitters / Shell Oil Shelves Plans to Obtain Yampa Water Rights for Oil Shale Development / Who's Behind the Requirement for CDL's for 15 Passenger Vans?



February 22, 2010Volume 8 Number 92

NPS to Brief Concessioners on New Law Authorizing Possession of Firearms in National Parks / Watch for FAX on Legislation Regarding Requirement for CDL's for 9 to 15 Passenger Vans / Gas Price Expected to Approach $3.00 Per Gallon



February 19, 2010Volume 8 Number 91

New FMCSA Regulations for 9 to 15 Passenger Vans and CMV's Do Not Apply to Outfitters Providing Transportation Unless the Transportation Is for Direct Compensation.



February 12, 2010Volume 8 Number 90

Right to Float Measure Passed Colorado Legislature February 12, 2010 / Ocoee Outfitters Facing New Tax Challenges in State Legislature / Neither Rain nor Snow Kept Members of the AOA Board from Making Progress on the CDL and Other Issues in DC / Forest Service Announces Intent to Rewrite Forest Planning Regulations / Draft Employment (HIRE) Act Introduced by Senators Baucus and Grassley



February 09, 2010Volume 8 Number 89

Contact Your Members of Congress Today! Sample Letters



January 29, 2010Volume 8 Number 88

Association Members to Tackle Issues during February Visits to Capitol Hill NPS Seeking Comments on Cooperative Association Agreements



January 15, 2010Volume 8 Number 87

Senator Tester's Wilderness Bill Includes Language Recognizing the Need for Outfitters in Wilderness / Bill Requiring CDL's for 9 to 15 Passenger Vans Crossing State Lines Approved by Senate Committee / Colorado Wilderness Bill Would Include Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas / Landowner on Taylor River in Colorado Shuts Down River to Float Trips / How to Help Haiti



January 05, 2010Volume 8 Number 86

See the video of the AOA Innovation Workshop from the 2009 conference on YouTube.



December 18, 2009Volume 8 Number 85

Senate Commerce and Transportation Committee Approves Bill to Require CDL's for 9 to 15 Passenger Vans Operating Interstate - Your Urgent Action Required!



November 16, 2009Volume 8 Number 84

Join the Outfitting Industry's Leading Operators and Suppliers at AOA's International Marketing and Management Conference!



November 09, 2009Volume 8 Number 83

H.R. 3692: Affordable Health Care Act Mandates Employer Coverage for Part-Time Workers / Employers with payrolls over $500,000 annually will be required to cover full and part-time employees or pay a new payroll tax of up to 8% of annual payroll under. H.R. 3692 mandates coverage for part-time employees, but which seasonal workers are covered will be defined by the Health Choice Commissioner.



November 02, 2009Volume 8 Number 82

House Coast Guard Authorization Bill Re-establishes Local Government Taxing Authority on Navigable Waters.



October 28, 2009Volume 8 Number 81

SEO Strategies Featured at AOA Convention -- Register Today to Avoid Late Fees / Entire Idaho Delegation Sends Forest Service Chief a Letter Asking for Suspension of Permit Cost Recovery / H.R. 1396 and S. 554 Require CDL and Electronic Monitors on 9 to 15 Passenger Vans Crossing State Lines



October 23, 2009Volume 8 Number 80

Take Advantage of a Recovering Economy. / Join Us at AOA's Marketing and Management Conference / Nominees Announced for AOA Board of Directors



October 06, 2009Volume 8 Number 79

FTC Issues Rules on Disclosure Requirements for Testimonials, Bloggers, and Social Media / Clarification on the Provision Requiring Commercial Outfitter Services in Wilderness / U.S. Travel Association Predicts Longer Road to Recovery



October 02, 2009Volume 8 Number 78

America's Red Rock Wilderness Act Has 141 Cosponsors in House, Hearing Held October 1st / The Future of Outfitting in Wilderness and on Wild and Scenic Rivers



September 30, 2009Volume 8 Number 77

Analysis of Legislation to Require Motorcoach Retrofits and CDLs for Van Drivers



September 21, 2009Volume 8 Number 76

Bills Introduced in Congress Will Require CDLs for 15 Passenger Vans and Retrofit of Motorcoaches



September 17, 2009Volume 8 Number 75

Senator Baucus Unveils Health Care Bill / Secretary Salazar Signs Order Directing Interior Agencies to Address Impacts of Climate Change / Many Outfitters Reporting Better than Expected Results for 2009 / Study Documents Rising Interest in Camping / Latest Results of Business Outcome Survey for Summer Season 2009 Available



September 09, 2009Volume 8 Number 74

Travel Promotion Act Set to Pass Senate / Results of September Survey of Wrap-up for 2009 Summer Season / Employee Mandates in Health Care Reform Bills Vary in House and Senate / Forest Service Permittees with Temporary Permits Should Request Conversion to Priority Use before September 17th



September 01, 2009Volume 8 Number 73

Survey Results Show Optimism for the Future, Weakness This Season / New Member Benefits to Save You Money and Improve Your Business / Credit Card Rules Are Changing



August 27, 2009Volume 8 Number 72

Agenda Announced for America Outdoors Association Marketing and Management Conference In Reno, NV December 8 - 10, 2009 / New Program on Insurance Added to Operations Network / Take Amtrak to Reno from Grand Junction, CO for $93



August 19, 2009Volume 8 Number 71

First Lady and Daughters Raft the Gallatin River with AOA Member Geyser Whitewater Expeditions / Survey Shows Outcome for 2009 Season by Day Trip vs Multi-day Trip. Take 5 Minutes to Respond and Get Instant Access to the Results / Insurance Issues, Web Analytics, Zip Line Operations and Reservation Systems Are Among the Topics Scheduled for the Operations Network at the AOA Conference in Reno / Special Note to Forest Service Outfitters with Temporary Use Permits



August 12, 2009Volume 8 Number 70

Registration Open for the America Outdoors Association Convention in Reno, Dec. 8 - 10, 2009 / Please Take 5 Minutes to Respond to the Quarterly Business Results and Outlook Survey / Cost Recovery Raising Concerns for Some Forest Service Outfitters



August 07, 2009Volume 8 Number 69

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?



July 23, 2009Volume 8 Number 67

Ninth Circuit Throws Out Wilderness Watch Lawsuit Over NPS Colorado River Management Plan in Grand Canyon / Latest Updates and Details on Health Care Reform Legislation



July 16, 2009Volume 8 Number 66

House Proposed Health Care Bill Hits Small Business with Costly Coverage Mandates



July 10, 2009Volume 8 Number 65

America Outdoors Association Launches New Website / Wyoming Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Liability Waivers / Special Program on the Future of Outfitters in Wilderness and on Wild and Scenic Rivers at AOA's Marketing and Management Conference / Senators Focusing on Needs of Small Business in Health Care Debate / Former First Lady Laura Bush Rafts Rogue River with AOA Member / American Rivers Executive Nominated to Oversee Forest Service



June 30, 2009Volume 8 Number 64

SBA ARC Loan Program Offers Viable Businesses Bridge Loans / Terry Jones, Founder of Travelocity, to Keynote AOA Conference in Reno / Travel Promotion Act Runs into Roadblock in the Senate / Agencies Revising Wilderness Management Policies and Wild and Scenic River Management Policies / Park Service Employees Not the Happiest among Federal Employees



June 16, 2009Volume 8 Number 63

Every Small Business Has a Stake in the Health Care Reform Debate / Maine Passes Tax Reform Measure with New Tax on Recreational Services / Taxing Talk / Get Involved in Travel Management Plans for National Forests and BLM Lands / California Threatening to Close State Parks as State Reels from Budget Crisis / Travel Promotion Act Currently under Debate on Senate Floor



June 12, 2009Volume 8 Number 61

Senate Proposals for Health Care Reform Released / Travel Promotion Act Would Boost Economy and Lower Budget Deficit According to CBO / American Recovery Act (ARC) Small Business Loans Up for Grabs



June 12, 2009Volume 8 Number 62

Protect Your Trademarks on Facebook Today America Outdoors Association received this important alert from one our law firm partners on preserving your trademarks on Facebook. We have already applied for our marks. You will need to have your trademark number to submit your application to Facebook through the link below. It is quick thankfully.



June 09, 2009Volume 8 Number 60

Bill to Promote Inbound International Travel into the U.S. Marked Up in Senate. Heads to Floor for a Vote



June 08, 2009Volume 8 Number 59

Travel Industry Trends Update / National Park Service Promotes No Entrance Fee Weekends and Outfitter Services



June 05, 2009Volume 8 Number 58

Forest Service Sends Letter to Regional Foresters on Fees. Ranger Districts Should Base Fees on Actual Use at Actual Prices and Not on All the Permitted Use at Advertised Prices. / Some State Transportation Departments Implementing Higher Federal Standards for Shuttle Buses



May 18, 2009Volume 8 Number 57

See the Results of the Spring Business Outlook Survey / Track the Copy and Photos People Get from Your Website / Forest Service Outfitters Take a Minute to Answer the Survey Related to Permitting and Fee Issues that May Be Impacting Your Operation / Award Winning Viral Marketing Campaign for a Destination



May 12, 2009Volume 8 Number 55

Complete the Outfitter Survey. We Need to Get the Agencies to Understand the Stress Our Industry Is Under



May 12, 2009Volume 8 Number 56

Tennessee Supreme Court Refuses to Hear County's Raft Tax Appeal / Thanks for Completing the Business Outlook Survey / AOA Pushing for Waiver on Forest Service Use Requirements / Forest Service and BLM Stimulus Projects Can Be Found on Line



May 06, 2009Volume 8 Number 54

Discover Current Industry Business Trends by Taking the One Minute Spring Business Outlook Survey / Read the Spring Newsletter Online / New Passport Rules Go Into Effect on June 1st / Check out AOAs Money Saving Benefits



May 01, 2009Volume 8 Number 52

Do You Need to Adjust Your Refund Policies and Trip Screening in Light of the Swine Flu Infodemic?



May 01, 2009Volume 8 Number 53

Huge New Northern Rockies Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Bill Set for Hearings in House. Bill Not Supported by Wilderness Society. Federal Trade Commission Delays Rule on Requirements for Identify Theft Protections for Companies Extending Credit for Goods and Services



April 27, 2009Volume 8 Number 51

Talking Points to Counter the Swine Flu Panic / Repeal of Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, S. 868 Introduced in the Senate



April 20, 2009 Volume 8 Number 50

Another Panic Attack Impacts Travel. EU Warns Against Travel to US / REA Repeal Introduced as AOA Outfitters Take Concerns to Capitol Hill / President Signs $6 Billion Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act / Interagency Group Working on Capacity Issues and National Recreation Reservation System



April 15, 2009 Volume 8 Number 49

Oral Arguments Slated in Appeal to Ninth Circuit Over Grand Canyon River Management Plan / Loss Carryback Provisions in Stimulus Bill Offer Refunds on Taxes from Previous Tax Years / AOA Member in Film about Survival of Downed WWII Pilot / Document Your Conservation, Rescue, and Maintenance Projects on Public Lands



April 06, 2009 Volume 8 Number 48

National Park Service to Promote Concessioner Events and Activities / America Outdoors Association's Marketing and Management Conference 12/8-10/09



March 31, 2009Volume 8 Number 47

Some Interesting Twists as the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act Passes Congress / Obama Administration Announces Plan to Free Up Credit and Streamline SBA Loans



March 20, 2009 Volume 8 Number 46

Tourism and Recreation Businesses Targeted for Taxation Despite Drop in Demand for Travel / A Money Saving Benefit: Free Legal Consultation on Employment Issues and Discounts on Background Checks / Forest Service Finalizes New Priority Use Permit



March 17, 2009 Volume 8 Number 44

Montana Recreational Liability Statute Passes Senate Judiciary Committee / Obama Administration Announces Plan to Free Up Credit and Streamline SBA Loans / Card Check Bill Will Apply to Many Small Businesses / 2000 Page Omnibus Lands Bill (aka S. 22) Passes the Senate under H.R. 146



March 11, 2009 Volume 8 Number 43

Secretary Salazar Affirms Decision to Delist Gray Wolves in Northern Rockies and Western Great Lakes / Survey Reveals Strategies Used to Counter Impacts of the Recession / Benefiting from the Economic Stimulus Money



March 06, 2009 Volume 8 Number 42

Cruise Lines Boom as Airlines Slash Fares / GAO Says Moving the Forest Service to Interior Could Increase Effectiveness of Management Policies



March 02, 2009 Volume 8 Number 41

New Member Benefit -- 30 Minutes of Free Legal Consultation on Employment Issues / Provisions to Help Small Business in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 / You May Need to Adjust Your Browser Settings to View the Results of Outfitting Business Survey / Why States May Turn Down Money to Expand Unemployment Insurance Compensation



February 27, 2009 Volume 8 Number 40

Forest Service Moving Some Outfitted Use in Idaho to the National Reservation System / Results Available for Survey on the Outlook for the Outfitting Industry / High Flying Business Travel Takes a Hit as Companies Cancel Conferences / UK's 'Environment Czar' Proposes that the Government Limit Travel to Prevent CO2 Emissions



February 26, 2009 Volume 8 Number 39

Business Outlook Survey / Spending Breakdown in the Economic Stimulus Bill by Federal Agency



February 25, 2009 Volume 8 Number 38

Important Notice to Forest Service Permittees / Great Story on the Psychological Benefits of Getting Outdoors in Nature / Montana House Passes Liability Statute / Economic Stimulus Deal Provides Investments in Science and Technology but Little for Small Business / Battle Brewing Over Yampa River Water Rights



February 23, 2009 Volume 8 Number 34

Proposed Stimulus Bill Does Little for Small Business / Notice to Forest Service Outfitters on Temporary Permits / New Dates for Confluence in Reno December 7 - 10, 2009



December 18, 2008 Volume 8 Number 33

New Rule Proposes to Expand Bicycle Use in National Parks



December 10, 2008 Volume 8 Number 32

AO Has a New Name: America Outdoors Association / West Virginia Supreme Court Rules That Rafting Is Not Subject to Federal Maritime Law / AOA Conference Gets High Marks



November 13, 2008 Volume 8 Number 31

Ocoee Outfitters Win Suit Invalidating Tax on Raft Trips / Featured AO Conference Seminar: Increase Sales with Telephone Reservations Sales Training



November 03, 2008 Volume 8 Number 30

West Virginia Supreme Court Hears Appeal of Application of Federal Maritime Law to Rafting / Tribes Using National Historic Preservation Act to Influence Activities in National Forests and on Private Property / More Park Units May Be Open to Mountain Biking



October 17, 2008 Volume 8 Number 26

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act Includes Money for Counties and Timber Harvesting / U.S. District Court Reinterprets the 1916 National Park Service Organic Act / Limited Availability for Special Workshop at the AO Conference



September 29, 2008 Volume 8 Number 25

Vanity Domain Names to Be Available Next Year / Clarification on Forest Service Permitting Issue / Forest Service Money to Be Restored in Continuing Resolution / Congress Passes the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 / Bailout Bill Expected to Provide Better Credit for Small Business / Win $250 Credit on Dues or Confluence Attendance by Taking a Minute to Answer the 2008 Business Outcome Survey



September 17, 2008 Volume 8 Number 24

Final Forest Service Outfitter and Guide Permitting Directives Available



September 16, 2008 Volume 8 Number 23

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



September 12, 2008 Volume 8 Number 22

Important Federal Court Ruling on Potomac River Submerged Lands / Featured Confluence Program: How to Expand Your Market, Grow Your Business, and Have More Fun! Secrets from a Mystery Shopper's Diary



August 29, 2008 Volume 8 Number 21

Are Your Bank Deposits Really FDIC Insured? / Forest Service Not Using Recreation Fees in Transfer of $400 Million to Fire Program / AO Members Save 20% on QuickBooks Retail Management and Point of Sale Software / Check out the Free Business Reports in Member Resources / AO Members Save 10% on Adventures in Travel Expo Exhibitors / Save 20% of Registration for AOs 20th Anniversary Marketing and Management Conference / AO Members Featured in USA Today



August 26, 2008 Volume 8 Number 20

Bank of America, The Schneider Group and the America Outdoors Insurance Program and Morrison Printing Are Major Sponsors of the America Outdoors Conference in December / Did Your Business Benefit from Families Taking Trips Close to Home? / Forest Service Fire Fighting Budget Out of Control?



August 14, 2008 Volume 8 Number 19

Proposed Rule to Expand Use of Motorized Equipment for People with Disabilities in the Backcountry.



July 31, 2008 Volume 8 Number 17

Judge Strikes Down Plan to Delist Wolves in Three Western States / Commonwealth Court Upholds Prohibition of Camp's Use of Lower Yough as a Private Party / Utah Supreme Court Decision Allows Fishermen and Others to Access Streambeds through Private Property /Latest Email Scams Load Key Loggers from Fake Invoices / Legislation to Authorize Hunting in National Park Service Unit Passes House, Scheduled for a Vote in the Senate



July 21, 2008 Volume 8 Number 16

America Outdoors' Marketing and Management Conference / Enjoy Show Special Discounts Offered by These Great Vendors



July 02, 2008 Volume 8 Number 15

Avoid Risks Associated with Improper Applications and Interviewing / Bill to Regulate Wilderness Therapy Programs Passes House Committee / 15 Quick Tips for Successful Media Interviews / America Outdoors Initiates Partnership with Adventures in Travel Expo for Discounts on Exhibit Space for New Exhibitors / AdventureVacation.com Expects 400,000 Hits



June 10, 2008 Volume 8 Number 14

America Outdoors Initiates Partnership with Adventures in Travel Expo for Discounts on Exhibit Space for New Exhibitors / Bill to Regulate Wilderness Therapy Programs Passes House Committee / AdventureVacation.com Expects 400,000 Hits / Bill to Regulate Wilderness Therapy Programs Passes House Committee



May 15, 2008 Volume 8 Number 13

Discounts on Background Checks Now Available as a New AO Member Benefit / Are You Still Waiting for Your Customers to Make Their Reservations? / Avoid Common Hiring Blunders



May 12, 2008 Volume 8 Number 12

Coast Guard Authorization Bill Passes House with Sec. 302 Intact. Appeals Made to Senators Cantwell and Snowe in Senate. / Jim Gilmore to Keynote at AO's 20th Anniversary Marketing and Management Conference December 3 - 5, 2008 / New York Times and USA Today Cite America Outdoors in Coverage of Active Travel / Are You Going Green? / AO Asks NPS to Approve Fuel Surcharges for Concessioners



May 05, 2008 Volume 8 Number 11

Funding Source for NPS Centennial Bill Still Debated but HR 3094 Scheduled for Committee Mark-up This Week / Are You Making the Most From Your Cash Flow? / Canada Implements New River Rafting Regulations / U.S. Coast Guard Complains about Rescues of Coastal Kayakers - More Regulation on the Horizon?



April 25, 2008 Volume 8 Number 10

Forest Service Proposes Flat Fees for the Alaska Region for Outfitters / Are You Taking Advantage of Key Members Benefits? / Using Background Checks and Hiring Practices / West Virginia Adventure Resource Alliance Creates One of the Nation's Largest Whitewater Operations



April 17, 2008 Volume 8 Number 9

New Legislation Seeks to Expand Group Health Insurance to More Small Businesses / New Forest Service Flat Fee Policy Expected This Week / Six Students and Teacher Die Canyoning in New Zealand on School Outing / Nahanni National Park Reserve in Canada Issues New Rules for School Outings; Require the Use of Licensed Outfitters



March 14, 2008 Volume 8 Number 8

Universal Health Care Becomes A Hot Campaign Issue for Small Business / Important Note on Submitting Comments Electronically to the Forest Service Directives / General Accountability Office to Study Merging Forest Service with Interior



March 11, 2008 Volume 8 Number 7

Hearing Scheduled on the Impacts of Unmanaged Off-Road Vehicles on Federal Land / Congressmen Rahall and Dicks Introduce Bill to Create Federal Lands Firefighting Fund / Green Building Projects Catalog Posted on Web / Your Comments on Forest Service Permitting Directives Due by March 19 / H.R. 2016 Proposes to Establish a New National Landscape Conservation System / Update on Legislation to Authorize Taxes on Services on Navigable Waters



February 29, 2008 Volume 8 Number 6

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to Expand Critical Lynx Habitat in SiPlease Respond to the Online Strategic Planning Questionnaire Coming Your Way



February 26, 2008 Volume 8 Number 5 - Media Inquiry

Information on Trips for Multi-Generations Sought by national publication.



February 13, 2008 Volume 8 Number 4

Comment Period on Proposed Forest Service Permitting Directives Extended to March 20th / Classified Ad Page on AmericaOutdoors.org Available for Selling Outfitting Businesses / Study Finds Declining Interest in Nature-Based Recreation



January 31, 2008 Volume 8 Number 3

Comment on the Proposed Forest Service Permitting Directives / America Outdoors Working on Border Issues That May Hinder Travel for Members'Customers / Authorization for New Taxing Authority for Navigable Waters Still Hung Up in the House



January 15, 2008 Volume 8 Number 2

Template for Members to Use to Submit Comments to Forest Service Permitting Directives Posted on the AO Website / E-Marketer Presentation Available to AO Members / Tributary of Futaleufu River in Chile Threatened by Gold Mine / Write Letters Opposing Language Authorizing Taxes on River Trips in Coast Guard Authorization Bill / Big Mergers of Outfitters Underway in West Virginia



January 04, 2008 Volume 8 Number 1

AO Soliciting Comments from Members on Our Response to the Proposed Forest Service Permitting Directives / Welcome New America Outdoors Outfitter Members



December 19, 2007 Volume 7 Number 37

Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007 Proposes to Re-establish Authority for Taxes on Goods and Services on Navigable Waterways for Outfitters / Bill to Repeal Agencies Fee Authority Introduced in Senate / Extension on Forest Service Permitting Policy Directive Expected to Be Announced on Friday / Tennessee Outfitters Fight Seizure of Property in Dispute with County over Tax on Rafting



November 29, 2007 Volume 7 Number 36

Record Turnout Expected for Confluence in Reno



November 19, 2007 Volume 7 Number 35

Due to Demand 2nd Telephone Reservations Seminar Program Planned at AO Conference / Save Money on Your Visa /MasterCard Processing Costs / AO Trade Show 2007 is a Sellout



November 15, 2007 Volume 7 Number 34

Two Sessions Planned on Proposed Forest Service Permitting / Premier Trip Auction at the Mine Shaft Party



November 08, 2007 Volume 7 Number 33

Register Early for Confluence Register Now to Receive the Pre-Registration Discount



October 31, 2007 Volume 7 Number 32

Marketing Seminar at Confluence to Reveal Results of Study on Strategies to Boost Rural Outfitting



October 19, 2007 Volume 7 Number 31

New Proposed Forest Service Permitting Policy Published in the Federal Register



October 18, 2007 Volume 7 Number 30

Database Marketing Reports Are Still Available for 2007 / New Proposed Forest Service Permitting Policy to Be Published in the Federal Register



October 16, 2007 Volume 7 Number 29

Senior Editors from Major Print Media to Review Your PR at Confluence / New BuRec Fee Rule Requires Cost Recovery with Applications and Fees - Comment Due Today / Secretary of Transportation Says Fuel Efficiency Is Bankrupting the Highway Trust Fund



October 09, 2007 Volume 7 Number 28

Registration for America Outdoors Marketing and Management Conference up 20%. Over 650 Outfitter and Vendor Reps Expected to Attend.



September 28, 2007 Volume 7 Number 27

State DOTs to Begin Charging Registration Fees for Interstate Commerce for Previously Exempted Vehicles / H.R. 3058 Marked Up in the House



September 21, 2007 Volume 7 Number 26

H.R. 3058, Bill Authorizing Payments to Counties, Expected to Be Voted out of Committee Next Week. Park Centennial Fund May Be Funded through Tax Hikes



September 12, 2007 Volume 7 Number 25

PCI Non Compliance Fee News for AO Members / Register Online for AO's Marketing and Management Conference



September 06, 2007 Volume 7 Number 24

NPS Cannot Double Charge Cost Recovery Fees on Top of Fair Market Value / Updated AmericaOutdoors.org Website



August 29, 2007 Volume 7 Number 23

Kempthorne and Bomar Announce NPS Centennial Projects. Alternative Propulsion Technologyin Grand Canyon Selected as a Project



August 22, 2007 Volume 7 Number 22

America Outdoors and American Airlines Announce Travel Savings for Confluence in Reno



August 20, 2007 Volume 7 Number 21

15 Quick Tips for Successful Media Interviews / Transport Canada Announces Plans to Regulate Commercial Whitewater Rafting / Good Morning America Expected to Broadcast Story on Rafting Fatalities



August 07, 2007 Volume 7 Number 20

AO Counts 8 Fatalities on Commercially Guided Raft Trips in 2007 / NPS Director Bomar Supports Enhanced Recreational Experiences in Parks; Opposes Centennial Fee Strategy / Bush Administration Opposes Legislation to Raise $4.2 Billion for Payment to Coun



July 30, 2007 Volume 7 Number 19

Update on Parks and Forests Fee Bill / Good News on PCI Compliance for Outfitters Taking Credit Card Reservation via the Internet



July 25, 2007 Volume 7 Number 18

Two Bills Introduced to Raise Fees from Commercial Activities in National Forests and in National Parks / H.R. 3058 and H.R.3094



July 18, 2007 Volume 7 Number 17

New Visa MasterCard Processing Requirements You Must Comply by August 1st / California Supreme Court Invalidates Waivers for Gross Negligence /Energy and Conservation Tax Incentives Available for Small Businesses / AO to Push for Funding for Trail Cleari



July 03, 2007 Volume 7 Number 16

IRS Warns of New E-Mail Scam / Bald Eagle Delisted but New Restrictions May Be Imposed / Free Guide to Buying Insurance



June 22, 2007 Volume 7 Number 15

40 New Business Reports on the AO Website under Member Resources / Minimum Wage to Increase to $5.85 per Hour on July 24



June 08, 2007 Volume 7 Number 14

Administration Proposes to Spend $3 Billion on National Parks Over the Next Ten Years / Population Trends to Reshape America / Jim Caswell Nominated to Head BLM / Laverty's Nomination as Assistant Secretary Put on Hold by Senator Wyden



May 24, 2007 Volume 7 Number 13

Maine Companies Battling for Road Access / Worst Wildfires in Decades Hit Gunflint Trail and Boundary Waters Outfitters / North Carolina Whitewater Liability Statute Introduced / America Outdoors Members Save on QuickBooks Products



May 07, 2007 Volume 7 Number 12

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 fo



April 25, 2007 Volume 7 Number 11

Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 Helps with Affordable Health Insurance / Utah Backs Off Stringent Coast Guard Regulatory Requirements / Chinese Firms Rips Off Jack's Plastic Welding Website - Redirects Contacts to Their Business / Fees for Luthera



April 19, 2007 Volume 7 Number 10

Scam Alert - Scam Uses Credit Card to Book Trips / New AO Study on River Use Shows Continued Recovery after 9/11 / 60% of Booths Sold for America Outdoors Marketing and Management Conference Tradeshow / Reservations Training Seminar Receives Highest Rati



April 03, 2007 Volume 7 Number 9

Delaware Outfitters Concerned about Floodplain Rezoning / Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting Imminent / Lyle Laverty Nominated for Assistant Secretary for Fish Wildlife and Parks / Texas Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Outfitter in Venue Ruling / Weath



March 19, 2007 Volume 7 Number 8

Are You Listed with Your Resource Area on Adventurevacation.com / NPS Listening Sessions Scheduled



March 13, 2007 Volume 7 Number 7

AO Submits Comments to the Forest Service Proposed Flat Fee Policy / AO Representatives Meet with the NPS Concessions Advisory Board / Electricity Deregulation Takes Hold in 2007 / Outfitters on the Upper Ocoee Take Out Loan to Pay for Water Releases / C



February 27, 2007 Volume 7 Number 6

Forest Service Forum on Outdoor Recreation in Colorado This Week / President Bush's Health Care Tax Hurts Family-Run Small Business



February 21, 2007 Volume 7 Number 5

Representative DeFazio (D-OR) Proposes to Kill Forest Service Recreation Fee Initiative / Is Your Reservation Staff Helping You Make the Sale? / Coast Guard Goaded by NPS to Require Regulation of Motorized Raft Trips



February 16, 2007 Volume 7 Number 4

Visit the New America Outdoors.org Site for New Member Resources / International Travel Rebounds / Recreation Forums to Set Strategies for Public Lands / Illegal Outfitting Bill Under Consideration in Montana



February 06, 2007 Volume 7 Number 3

President Bush Re-issues and Amends an Important Executive Order on Regulations Impacting Small Business



February 01, 2007 Volume 7 Number 2

Members Get Your Free Quote on Health Insurance / America Outdoors Provides Regional Training Sessions



January 29, 2007 Volume 7 Number 1

Schizophrenic Weather Pattern Creates New Opportunities and Challenges / Forest Service Appoints Abigail Kimbell as New Forest Service Chief / NPS Proposed Insurance Requirements for Small Contracts



December 12, 2006 Volume 6 Number 26

America Outdoors Announces Property and Casualty Insurance Program / NPS and Forest Service Reveal New Policies at America Outdoors Conference / Congressman Rahall Takes Control of House Committee on Resources



November 17, 2006 Volume 6 Number 25

Local and state governments trying to eliminate exemption from taxes on navigable waterways



November 10, 2006 Volume 6 Number 24

New Confluence Program: Surviving the Dreaded Deposition



October 17, 2006 Volume 6 Number 23

Direct Marketing Expert to Speak at Confluence / BLM to Audit More Outfitters and Consider Other Changes to Recreation Management / NPS Begins Putting CUA's Out for Bid When a Limited Number Are Issued / Utah Proposes Expanding Outfitter and Boatman Lice



September 29, 2006 Volume 6 Number 22

District Court Restricts Navigation for Rights for Hunting and Fishing Activities Adjacent to Private Land During High Water



September 21, 2006 Volume 6 Number 21

Forest Service Alaska Region Releases Proposed Final Fee Policy / Forest Service Solicits Proposals for Kern River Whitewater Rafting / Record Turnout Expected for America Outdoors' Convention in Salt Lake City / The National Forest Foundation Invites You to Become a "Friend of the Forest" / Salt River Tubing Receives Take Pride in America Award



September 06, 2006 Volume 6 Number 20

Leading Travel Writers to Participate in Media Panel at Confluence / AO Responds to Inaccuracies in CNN Paula Zahn Now Report



August 23, 2006 Volume 6 Number 19

Members Signing Up for America Outdoors Market Research Project / NPS Accepts 20% Franchise Fee Bid for Glacier Horseback Riding Concessions / America Outdoors Launches New Partnership Program / California Man gets 30 days and $15,000 Fine in Grand Canyon Permit Case / National Geographic Travel Writers to Participate in Confluence Media Panel



August 14, 2006 Volume 6 Number 18

Wilderness Watch Protests Use of Dynamite on Middle Fork Log Jam / Park Service Proposes Minimum Fees of 12% to 18% for Some Portion of Grand Canyon Rafting Revenues / New Forest Service Permitting Policy Due this Fall / Two Idaho Wilderness Bills May Pass in 109th Congress



July 31, 2006 Volume 6 Number 17

Bill to Extend NPS CUA's to 5-Year Term Gets Approval in the House Resources Committee / Log Jam on Middle Fork Blocks River and Strands Hundreds of Rafters / Unique Accredited High School Joins America Outdoors



July 25, 2006 15 Passenger Vans Towing Trailers

Outfitters with 15 passenger vans towing trailers may find themselves subject to a higher level of regulation if the gross combination weight rating of the vehicles exceed 10,000 pounds and they are traveling across state lines, or operating in a state that defines a commercial motor vehicle as 10,001 pounds or more (i.e. Colorado, Utah, Washington, Oregon, and others).



July 20, 2006 Volume 6 Number 16

America Outdoors Announces Health Insurance Program / NPS Environmental Audit Questionnaire on the AO Website



June 30, 2006 Volume 6 Number 15

Flooding Disrupts River Outfitters in Mid-Atlantic States / 15 Passenger Vans Towing Trailers May Be Subject to Higher Level of Regulation



June 16, 2006 Volume 6 Number 14

Be on the Alert for a Clever Money Order Scam / President Bush Creates World's Largest Ocean Preserve / BLM Responds to Petition to Stay Transfer of Permit in Oregon



June 06, 2006 Volume 6 Number 13

Secretary of Interior Participates in Conference Call with Recreation Leaders / Most AO Members Looking Forward to Strong Season / Six Known Commercial Rafting Fatalities Thus Far This Season



May 16, 2006 Volume 6 Number 12

Association Health Insurance Bill Narrowly Defeated in U.S. Senate / AO Database Marketing Project Ready for Data Upload / Forest Service Notifying Permittees about Cost Recovery for Permit Administration / Biobased Products Available



April 26, 2006 Volume 6 Number 11

Tapping into the Small Business Administration Resources for Advocacy and Regulatory Relief / Unit Management Plan for the Hudson Gorge May Challenge Water Releases and Use Levels / Dam Removal Proposed for Upper Klamath River Basin



April 19, 2006 Volume 6 Number 10

Ocoee Outfitters Win Lawsuit to Invalidate County Rafting Tax



April 07, 2006 Volume 6 Number 9

Bright Industry Outlook for 2006 / Permitting and Cost Recovery Update / Institutional Groups and Some Non Profits Push for Exclusive Permit Allocation / Wilderness Watch and Other Groups Sue Over Grand Canyon Management Plan; Charge That Commercial Services Are Not Necessary / Park Service Funded Study Finds New River Gorge Generates $80 million / Most States Will Use Existing BLM RAC's to Advise on Fees



March 15, 2006 Volume 6 Number 8

Sign up Now for Database Marketing Project / Confluence: International Marketing and Management Conference Set for Salt Lake AOA Initiates Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Campaign for Adventurevacation.com



March 01, 2006 Volume 6 Number 7

Forest Service Cost Recovery Rule Exempts Most Permit Renewals but Permit Changes May Be Subject to Recovery / Idaho Legislature Set to Push for Repeal of the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act / Deal Reached to Fund Whitewater Releases on Upper Ocoee



February 14, 2006 Volume 6 Number 6

NPS to Issue CUA's Competively / Oil and Gas Development Hot Issue among Outfitters in Utah and Colorado / Commercial Rafting in Colorado Up 14.1% in 2005 / Plan Ahead Before Firing an Employee



February 07, 2006 Volume 6 Number 5

Online Legal Services for Answers to Issues Encountered By Every Small Business / AO to Consider Participation in Lawsuit against FERC Rules / Guest Ranch Owner Wins Day in Court against BLM Employees for Extortion and Retaliation / Submit Comments in Support of the New NPS Management Policies



November 11, 2005 AO E-Bulletin Vol 6 Num 1

Lynx Critical Habitat Proposed in Maine, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota and Washington; Hearings Set / Park Service Releases Final Grand Canyon River Management Plan / 600 Industry Leaders to Convene at Confluence



October 24, 2005 AO E-Bulletin Vol 5 Num 12

AO Has Copy of Court Order Prohibiting Yough Amusement Tax / Court Clarifying Order Reinstates Outfitter Permits In National Forests / Lynx Critical Habitat Proposed in Maine, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota and Washington; Hearings Set / Park Service Releases Final Grand Canyon River Management Plan



October 03, 2005 AO E-Bulletin Vol 5 Num 9

Court Ruling to Impede Issuance of Forest Service Special Use Permits / Speeding and No Seat Belt Use Cited in 15 Passenger Van Accident / Forest Service Announces Roadless Area Conservation Advisory Committee



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Tuesday Mar 25, 2014
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Tuesday Mar 04, 2014
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Wednesday Jan 08, 2014
- New AOA Member Benefit Program
Monday Oct 07, 2013
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Monday Aug 26, 2013
- Insurers Letter on NPS Insurance Requirements
Tuesday Aug 20, 2013
- National Forest Trail Maintenance Report
Wednesday May 22, 2013
- Ocoee River Economic Impact Study for 2012
Monday May 13, 2013
- House Subcommittee on Natural Resources
Tuesday Apr 16, 2013
- Questions and Answers on Criminal Background Checks and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
Friday Mar 08, 2013
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Wednesday Dec 19, 2012
- AOA and PPA Complete Unification at Daytona Event
Thursday Nov 01, 2012
- NOLS Letter on the NPS Healthy Foods Guideline for Backcountry Operations
Monday Sep 24, 2012
- National Park Service Healthy and Sustainable Food Choice Guidelines for Backcountry Operations
Friday Aug 03, 2012
- Hearing on NPS Contract and Insurance Requirements Highlights Challenges for Small Businesses
Tuesday Jun 19, 2012
- AOA Announces 2012 Conference Agenda
Wednesday Apr 25, 2012
- Model Letter for Van CDL Legislation
Monday Apr 16, 2012
- Outcomes from the President's Conference on Conservation and America Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative
Monday Feb 27, 2012
- Supreme Court Decides Against State's Ownership of Non Navigable Riverbeds
Thursday May 05, 2011
- Senate Transportation Committee Approves Motorcoach Bill
Friday Feb 18, 2011
- President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Report Released
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