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America Outdoors E-Bulletin
June 5, 2006
||Secretary of Interior Participates in Conference Call with
|| Less than a week after his confirmation Secretary of Interior Dirk
Kempthorne invited recreation and tourism leaders to participate in a
conference call to raise and discuss issues regarding management of public
lands. Secretary Kempthorne had previously organized calls with the leadership
of the various agencies under Interior's umbrella and, according to reports we
received from the field, he has made a positive impression.
David Brown, America Outdoors Executive Director
participated in the call with a dozen other recreation and tourism leaders.
Most participants on the call expressed concerns about agency funding. David
Brown suggested that the agencies develop a comprehensive approach to funding
to include new sources of revenue and ways to reduce operations overhead. He
expressed concern that without such an approach there would be an over-reliance
on fees that could negatively impact demand.
||Most AO Members
Looking Forward to Strong Season
||2006 could be the best
season since the late nineties for many AO members. Many outfitters, ranches
and resorts, whose seasons are already underway, are reporting strong
reservations and some are reporting record bookings. Responses to AO's Business
Trends Survey revealed the following results.
Business trends to
- 68% of respondents
said their business to date was as good or better than last year
- 46% said it was better
or much better
- 25% reported that
their business was down
While there are some
pockets of weakness, a recovery continues for most of the industry.
- 41% reported that
their reservations were ahead of last year by 5% or more
- 24% reported that
reservations were about the same as last year
- 31% reported declines
is reservations from last year at this time.
- 4% reported that they
were booked to capacity with one stating that their reservations were the worst
in 25 years.
||Six Known Commercial Rafting Fatalities Thus Far This Season
||With the season just underway, six fatalities related to
commercial rafting operations have been recorded in 2006. Last week three died
after a raft flipped during a float trip on the Snake River in Grand Teton
National Park. The trip was operated by the Grand Teton Lodge Company. At least
one of the Snake River customers was caught in a log jam. Another fatality was
on an optional guide training trip on the Colorado River in Colorado, April
15th. The guide trainee was in a hole just briefly before flushing out and was
rescued immediately but had stopped breathing. Two deaths were recorded on
Washington's Klickitat River in high water conditions when the trip ran into
what may have been a newly formed log-jam. Four boats on the trip flipped and a
passenger along with the company owner drowned. The river was shut down by
local authorities in consultation with local outfitters. All of these accidents
happened in cold water conditions. In all cases the deceased were wearing life
Two private rafters have also drowned, making news. One drowned on
Marsh Creek near Stanley, Idaho and another experienced rafter died on Eagle
Creek in Colorado.
||News in the Upcoming Summer Issue of the America
Outdoors Quarterly Newsletter
|| Watch for the next America Outdoors newsletter which
will feature articles on:
The Top Seven Ways to
Tune up Your Website
Striving for New
You Perform a Background Check on Applicants?
Who is Reading Your Email?
Tools to Reduce the Risk of Check
Loans to and From Your Company
Regional Reports, Government
Affairs and more!
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all of the America Outdoors electronic bulletins
- Government Affairs:
*Update of Overtime, Employment of Minors & OSHA
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*How to Appeal a Forest Service
Passenger Van Advisory
*FMCSA Issues Rule to Improve For-Hire
Small Bus and Van Safety
- Final Rules and
Service Cost Recovery Rule
Use Authorizations: Interim Guidelines
*Outfitter and Guide Permits
*Categorical Exclusions - Final Regs
*Fair Pay Fact Sheet by Exemption
- Proposed Rules and
*Outfitter and Guide Special Use Permits
- Other Resources -
Improving Profitability, Risk Management, Marketing and Sales
- The Business
- Internship posting
page for members.
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