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America Outdoors E-News

November 15, 2007

Premier Trip Auction at the Mine Shaft Party-- Get Ready for the Best Yet Two Sessions Planned on Proposed Forest Service Permitting Policy
Plan to Do Your Pre-season Buying with These Great Exhibitors at AO's Sold Out Trade Show
Premier Trip Auction at the Mine Shaft Party-- Get Ready for the Best Yet

This year's Mine Shaft Party and Auction will focus on socializing, lots of food and fun without a band for entertainment. We discovered that most attendees want to meet old friends and new acquaintances. That being said the silent and live auction will have some great deals - once in a lifetime trips.

Come dressed in your finest mining attire to mine for special prizes!

Have a trip or silent auction item to donate? Contact us for a form! Trips with a retail value of over $1,000 are best for the live auction.

A few of the trips that will be auctioned are posted online. Check out the trips to Panama, the Nahanni River, and the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park at http://www.americaoutdoors.org/2007auction.htm

It's not too late to register! Go the americaoutdoors.org site for details. Register

Two Sessions Planned on Proposed Forest Service Permitting Policy

Carolyn Holbrook of the Forest Service Special Uses Coordinator from the Washington office is scheduled to present the new policy on Wednesday, December 5th with lots of time for questions and comments.

AO will discuss our position and proposed comments at a session in the afternoon on December 6th. Check the agenda for complete details. www.americaoutdoors.org/confluence.htm

Some of the policy can be supported, including the renewal provisions. AO will have a response and comments proposed to the following problems with the policy that include:

  • The policy proposes to transfer use from priority use permittees to a common pool of use for temporary permits of 100 user days if the permittee falls below 100% utilization of their allocation in one of five years. Upon each five year review, a permittee's use will be reduced to the actual use in the highest year plus 10%. Priority use permittees will not have access to the common pool until 30 days prior to a proposed trip. In some areas, permittees are regulated throughout shoulder seasons, which results in significantly less than 100% utilization. Capacity is needed nevertheless to meet demand when it does occur.
  • Existing use pools that have worked well will be abolished. Those pools should remain.
  • Many guest ranches and outfitters are operating on temporary permits with more than 100 user days. Some were forced on to temporary permits due to unaffordable cost recovery requirements that were necessary to meet NEPA analysis prior to renewal of their permits. These businesses are in jeopardy because there will be no temporary permits issued for more than 100 user days and most permittees cannot afford the costs for NEPA analysis.
  • Inspections for permit compliance should be subject to appeal. The policy proposes to make these inspection non appealable although they factor heavily into annual performance evaluations.
  • Temporary permits should be subject to some level of oversight and annual evaluation. The proposed policy leaves their holders virtually unregulated without annual evaluation or inspection.
Plan to Do Your Pre-season Buying with These Great Exhibitors at the Sold Out AO Trade Show in Reno
  Attend Confluence and buy from this great lineup of vendors:
Achilles Inflatable Craft * Adventure Central * Adventure Sports Online/Outdoor Mind * Adventure Travel Media Source * AIRE, Inc. * AllAboutRivers.com/Quicksilver Interactive * ALPS Mountaineering * Aventuras Panama * Bio Bio Expeditions * Blue Tent Marketing * Caviness Woodworking Company, Inc. * CBIZ Insurance Services * Clavey River Equipment * Compendium Software * Confluence Internet Services * Creative Bus Sales, Inc. * Croakies * Custom Inflatables * Demaree Inflatable Boats, Inc. * Down River Equipment, Co. * Duck Company, The * East-West Printing * EMI Sportswear * Evergreen USA * G.A. Printing * Gattuso Distributing, Inc. * Gillingham & Associates * Gorilla Graphics * Grand Roi Enterprise Co., Ltd. * High Range Designs * High Wind Productions * Huge Sportswear * Hyside Inflatables * Icee-Kool * Ideal Gifts and Photos, Inc. * Industrial River & Surf * Innovative Retail Partners, Inc. * J. America * Jack's Plastic Welding, Inc. * Johnson Outdoors * K & K Insurance * K-Pump Inc. * Lakeshirts * LaSalle Merchant Service * Man of Rubber * Maravia Corporation * Morrison Communications * Mountain Shades, Inc. * MV Sport/Weatherproof * NRS * Ohiopyle Prints, Inc. OPI * Ouray Sportswear * Outbound Software * Paddlesports Warehouse * Partner Steel Co., Inc. * Ram Offset Lithographers, LLC * Reeves * RESMARK Systems * RESTOP Products div. American Innotek * Rios Tropicales * Sattler Insurance Agency * Sawyer Paddles and Oars * Sea Kayak Adventures * Smoking Needle Productions * Sports Accessories America * Star Inflatables * Taylor Bus Sales * Techstyles Sportswear * The Schneider Group * Thompson-Gusic Insurance Group * Triptiva Reservation & Management Software * UCS Wireless * Valley Paddles * Vanguard Inflatables * WELD * White Water Manufacturing/SOTAR * Wilderness Medical Associates * Wilderness Solutions * WOGA - EIB * Woodland Power Stove * Zebec / Woosung I.B. Co., Ltd.
Thanks to our 2007 Sponsors
LaSalle Merchant Services, Compendium Software,
Morrison Communications, The Schneider Group

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