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MARCH 19, 2007

America Outdoors E-News

Are You Listed with Your Resource Area on Adventurevacation.com NPS Listening Sessions Scheduled
Joe Tonsmeire of Lemhi, Idaho
Are You Listed with Your Resource Area on Adventurevacation.com
  Check out our new Resources for Travelers section on www.adventurevacation.com. Click on Land Resources or Water Resources. If you don't see your forest, wilderness area, national park or river listed, send us a description or authorize us to use a generic description from your website (without your company name) in the area description. Once a consumer clicks on the area, a list of companies operating there should also appear. Send your area description to marketing@americaoutdoors.org

If you don't see your company name by an area, you will need to go to your edit page and add the area and the service you provide.

Also, link your website to adventurevacation.com and take advantage of the many links that search engine spiders will count for your own web page to improve your website's organic listing.
NPS Listening Sessions Scheduled
  NPS is taking comments from the public in preparation for a plan to improve the National Park System in preparation for the Centennial Celebration. Listening sessions are being held in Denver, Grand Junction, Denali, Fairbanks, San Antonio, Seattle, St. George, Durango, and San Francisco are just some of the areas with outfitters nearby.
The National Park Centennial Initiative will pursue three main goals:
  • Engage all Americans in preserving our heritage.
  • Reconnect people with their parks, with special emphasis on linking children to nature, history and park resources through philanthropy and partnerships.
  • Build capacity for critical park operations and sustain them over the next century.
Access and retaining wilderness values have been topics of some of the sessions held recently.

A list of the proposed signature projects and programs will be included in a Report to the President of the United States on May 31, 2007.

Comments are being accepted on line. http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkId=442&projectId=17892&documentID=18372

The list of listening sessions dates and locations can be found at this link: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/meetingNotices.
Joe Tonsmeire of Lemhi, Idaho
  Longtime AO outfitter Joe Tonsmeire of Lemhi, Idaho passed away on Friday, March 9th after a yearlong battle with cancer. He and his wife Fran have owned and operated Wilderness River Outfitters since 1971. In addition to working their cattle and guest ranch, Joe outfitted trips on several rivers in Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Chile.

Fellow AO member Jack Rich worked with Joe for the last 20+ years, providing horse support for Joe's river trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. According to Jack, "Joe had amazing energy and stamina and his zest for life was contagious. He was a role model outfitter/guide and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him." Our thoughts and prayers go out to Fran and the rest of his family.

Condolences/Cards may be sent to: Fran Tonsmeire, Wilderness River Outfitters & Trail Expeditions, PO Box 72, Lemhi, Idaho 83465

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