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October 03, 2017H.R. 289 The Guides and Outfitters Act as passed by House of Representatives

The Go Act, H.R. 289, accomplishes important cost recovery reforms, reauthorizes permitting processes and accomplishes important permit streamlining to lower the cost of issuing permits on federal lands.

August 09, 2017Letter on Recreation Not Red Tape - Member Only

This letter outlines issues with H.R. 3400 that could lead to more Red Tape instead of facilitating recreation access and streamlining permitting which are the goals of Recreation Not Red Tape.  The letter also suggest using The GO Act language for effective permit streamlining.

March 30, 2017Accessibility Guidebook for Outfitters Operating on Public Lands - Member Only

The purpose of this guidebook is to provide support for outfitters/guides authorized, under a special-use permit from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, to provide 

recreation opportunities on public lands. By working together,the agency and the outfitter/guide can ensure equal opportunity for all people, including people with disabilities. This can

be accomplished while ensuring the participants safety and preserving the recreation experience provided by the outfitter/

guide.

 

Outfitters/guides operating under special-use authorization from USDA Forest Service are required to comply with both the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504

of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). The ADA applies because the outfitters/guides operate as “public accommodation,” that is they are open to the public. Section 504 applies because outfitters/guides operate under special-use permits authorized by a 

Federal agency—the USDA Forest Service. Implementation guidelines for Section 504, which apply to recreation special-use permit holders, are located in USDA 7 CFR 15b. By signing the special-use

authorization, the outfitter/guide agrees to abide by these and all other laws, regulations, and policies of the Federal Government.

March 04, 2016Secretary of Interiors Order Directing Permit Streamlining for Youth Access

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a Secretary’s Order to decrease barriers for disadvantaged and under-resourced youth to access America’s public lands and waters through expediting the permit process.  March 4, 2016.

November 09, 2015BLM Permit and Fee Handbook 2014 - Member Only

The BLM Permit and Fee Administration Handbook details how BLM permits are administered.  Revised in 2014.

May 14, 2015Rep. Bishop Supports FLREA Extension through September 2017 - Member Only

The House Committee on Natural Resources recently marked up H.R. 1991, which extends the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) until September 30, 2017.  FLREA is the authority under which outfitter and guide permits are issued. Meanwhile, the Committee is supposed to rework the bill that was marked up last year, which AOA supported because it contained some very positive language streamlining permit processing.

April 24, 2014BLM Final Cost Recovery Rule - Member Only

BLM's final cost reovery rule is similar to the Forest Service rule.  Authorizations requiring less than 50 hours to process do not require cost recovery.  However, those requiring more than 50 hours require full recovery of actual costs back to the first hour.

April 24, 2014Bureau of Land Management National Landscape Conservation System Management Manual final 2012

This is the Management Manual for National Landscape Conservation System.  The NLCS includes all congressinally designate areas within the Bureau of Land Management.

April 24, 2014BLM Manual Governing Management of National Monuments, NCA's etc. - Member Only

This manual covers how National Monuments, National Conservation Areas and similar designated areas will be managed.  It includes a section on recreation uses which must be consistent with the purposes of the designated area.

June 22, 2007 National Landscape Conservation System Act - Member Only

Introduced in the Senate to establish the National Landscape Conservation System, and for other purposes.

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