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Sponsors to Support America Outdoors'
Marketing and Management Conference

August 29, 2007

Sponsors to Support America Outdoors' Marketing and Management Conference Kempthorne and Bomar Announce NPS Centennial Projects. Alternative Propulsion Technology in Grand Canyon Selected as a Project

Sponsors to Support America Outdoors' Marketing and Management Conference
  America Outdoors is proud to announce sponsors for this year Confluence include The Schneider Group, Morrison Communications, ABN AMRO Merchant Services and American Airlines, as the official air carrier for this year's event. "These sponsors have made commitments that will greatly enhance the event for our attendees," said David Brown, America Outdoors' Executive Director.

American Airlines has committed to providing 5% discounts for attendees to Confluence in Reno (RNO) who book fares using our special conference code and the American Airlines website. AA.com Type the code A94D7AJ in line Number 8 to receive your discount.

Registration materials are in the mail and a secure registration form and complete program descriptions can be found at http://www.americaoutdoors.org
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Kempthorne and Bomar Announce NPS Centennial Projects. Alternative Propulsion Technology in Grand Canyon Selected as a Project

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area & Grand Canyon National Park have teamed up with outfitters and concessioners in each Park to fund an $840,000 research project to invent a brand new style of motor boat engine that will reduce environmental impacts while allowing thousands of visitors to enjoy the nation's parks. This project is designed as a collaborative effort among the two parks' river concessioners and the National Park Service.

Outfitters have already pledged a financial commitment to this effort. The ultimate goal is to develop, demonstrate, implement and utilize a motorboat propulsion system that offers measurable environmental gains over the conventional four-stroke outboard motors currently used. The hope is to develop a system suitable for use not only in Grand and Glen Canyons, but also in other areas within the National Park System and elsewhere. By working together, the river concessioners hope to capitalize on economies of scale to achieve a greater level of accomplishment in less time. This project holds the exciting promise of realizing the environmental benefits offered by alternative vehicle development and application to watercraft.

The project is part of the Bush Administration's NPS Centennial Initiative and supports H.R. 2959, which proposes that Congress provide $100,000,000 a year over the next ten years to improve Parks. The bill includes a provision for matching appropriated revenues with private donations to raise more than $2 billion over ten years. During a recent conference call in which America Outdoors' Executive Director participated, Secretary Kempthorne announced that NPS already had $216 million in commitments from private sector and partners donors for 2008. The Administration Centennial Initiative proposed a variety of projects to included research, stewardship, education, recreation enhancement, and marketing remote parks and other projects. A complete list of projects can be found at http://www.nps.gov/2016/. H.R. 2959 would authorize the funding without requiring offsetting taxes or fees.

A competing bill H.R. 3094, introduced by Congressman Rahall and Grajalva, proposed to raise $100,000,000 annually from commercial activities and excludes recreation enhancement projects. Environmentalist opposed the inclusion of recreation projects. Ironically, no projects in West Virginia are on the Administration's list for funding in 2008.

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