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Which Is the Best Satellite Phone System?

Court Rules Needs Assessment Necessary Before Issuing CUA’s 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

Which Is the Best Satellite Phone System?  Share Your Experiences on this Short Survey.

We’ve been getting lots of questions about satellite phone services.  So, we designed the survey to help you share information about the services and phone systems that have worked best for you.  Iridium is the most robust in terms of satellites with 66 in low earth orbit.  While some sales folks diminish Globalstar, the company reported its first profitable quarter in four years in March and is launching several more second generation satellites this year. 

Use this survey to share your experiences and which packages make the most sense.  Also, describe how you control employee use. 

Court Rules Needs Assessment Necessary Before Issuing CUA’s to Outfitters in NPS Wilderness

The High Sierra Hikers Association prevailed recently in suit against the National Park Service and stopped the agency from issuing one-year Commercial Use Authorizations for pack trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' Wilderness.  The U.S. District Court for the Northern District in San Francisco agreed with the plaintiff’s assertions and issued a summary judgment on their argument that NPS had not conducted an adequate assessment of need prior to issuing CUA’s for 19 pack trip operators in the Parks' wilderness.  Therefore, NPS will not be issuing CUA’s for the 2012 season.

1. The Court issued a summary judgment based on the following argument.

The HSHA asserts that the NPS violated the Wilderness Act by failing to conduct the requisite finding of necessity before authorizing commercial services in the wilderness. The HSHA’s argument pertains to both the overall GMP and to the NPS’s issuance of Packer Permits.  The NPS concedes that it has not yet conducted the type of specialized finding of necessity envisioned by the Ninth Circuit. In this regard, it admits that it violated the Wilderness Act in issuing the Packer Permits and submits that plaintiff’s summary judgment motion should be granted on this issue only.

The Court’s conclusions misrepresent the nature of commercial activities in Parks as inherently offensive to preservation when it states,  “Thus, if an agency determines that a commercial use should trump the Act’s general policy of wilderness preservation, it has the burden of showing the court that, in balancing competing interests, it prepared the ‘requisite findings’ of necessity.” In fact we believe agencies only need to conclude that commercial activities are necessary to fulfill the recreational purposes of the Act and do not significantly impair wilderness values.  Unfortunately, it appears NPS has not done its homework and several outfitters will be out of business this season. This conclusion and ruling could have broad ramifications for any group operating under CUA’s or otherwise permitted in Wilderness in National Parks.  Unfortunately, an appeal to the Ninth Circuit is unlikely to overturn the decision since that Court's previous decisions on permitting outfitters in wilderness are cited in this ruling.

NPS Release Updated Resource Page for Concessioners

NPS just announced a new format on the Concessioner Services site where concessioners can find guidance documents without having to go to their park or regional concession specialists.  Issues such as CPI and mark-up data, healthy food resources, CO mitigation tools, and other resources are available on the site. 

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