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November 10, 2006

America Outdoors E-News

Help Us Achieve Record Attendance This Year
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Hotel Rooms Nearly Sold Out for America Outdoors in Salt Lake - Make Your Reservations Before the November 13th Cut-off Program Additions: Surviving the Dreaded Deposition
Bring Your Merchant Statement to Confluence and See How AAMS Can Save You Money on Credit Card Processing On the Drilling Front
Hotel Rooms Nearly Sold Out for America Outdoors in Salt Lake - Make Your Reservations Before the November 13th Cut-off
  America Outdoors' Marketing and Management Conference - Confluence 2006 looks like another blockbuster. We've already exceeded our original room block at the City Center Hilton and added more rooms. But only a few rooms are left. The cut-off date is November 13th, after which you may not get a room at the Hilton or anywhere close for $85 a night. So book now if you lack lodging.
For lodging at the HIlton use this link. http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/slccchh_amo/index.jhtml
If you have any trouble please give us a call at 800-524-4814.

It's still not too later to register: http://www.americaoutdoors.org/con_agenda.htm
Program Additions: Surviving the Dreaded Deposition
  Along with the Essentials of an Employee Handbook, Chris Yvars of the Rietz Law Firm will be presenting Surviving the Dreaded Deposition as the second half of the Risk Management Program on Friday afternoon. You'll learn what kind of documentation is helpful and how to be prepared if the day ever comes that you are deposed.

Strategic Alliances: Managing and Co Marketing Alliances.This program scheduled for Saturday morning is free and will also be presented at 3:45 on Friday.
Bring Your Merchant Statement to Confluence and See How AAMS Can Save You Money on Credit Card Processing
  AAMS is the endorsed credit card processor for America Outdoors and a great supporter of our industry and association. AAMS is also a Confluence sponsor.
At this year's Confluence, AAMS is offering you the opportunity to:
  • Join the AAMS program and receive a $50 service credit.
  • Add remote location processing to your existing AAMS account.
  • Upgrade your credit card terminal and receive a $50 service credit.
  • Learn more about integrating an Online Reservation System with your AAMS merchant account and how they can help you in the process.
  • Compare your current processing program to ours. We will be glad to show you the savings AAMS and America Outdoors can offer. (Be sure to bring a recent merchant statement).
Stop by booth 421 at the America Outdoors Confluence November 28 - December 2. Diann and Mary Ellen will be there to answer all your questions. And… Be sure to join AAMS in Salt Lake City for the Opening Social "Meet & Greet," the evening of Tuesday, November 28th from 6:00 - 8:30.

ABN AMRO Merchant Services, 1-877-848-3213, dg.sales@aams.com
On the Drilling Front
  Outfitters in the Wyoming Range teamed with Trout Unlimited to file an appeal of the BLM's denial of a protest regarding the leasing of roughly 20,000 acres in the Range west of Pinedale. The basis for the appeal lies in the BLM's failure to evaluate the potential impact of leasing and development on the businesses (primarily recreation and tourism) that rely on the Range, and consequently on the economic impact on communities surrounding the Range. NEPA requires such an evaluation. The appeal also highlighted the potential impact on sportsmen (primarily hunters and anglers) and other recreating visitors and argued that circumstances have changed since the creation of the 1990 forest plan, mandating the need for updated environmental analysis (primarily impact on wildlife and on air quality) prior to leasing

No word yet from the IBLA regarding the appeal, however, the group has learned that the high bidders of the leases have intervened in the case and will file opposing arguments.

A coalition of conservation groups also protested the leasing and filed an appeal of their denial by the BLM. In addition however, these groups filed a request for a stay; asking that the BLM halt activity in the lease area until the IBLA reaches a decision on the merits of the appeal. In September, the IBLA granted the stay request, preventing the issuance of the leases and indicating that they may indeed find cause to rule in favor of the appeal.
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