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America Outdoors E-News

April 24, 2008

Forest Service Proposes Flat Fees for the Alaska Region for Outfitters Are You Taking Advantage of Key Members Benefits.
20th Anniversary Celebration, December 3 - 5 AO's International Marketing and Management Conference to Include Founder's Reunion Celebration Using Background Checks and Hiring Practices
West Virginia Adventure Resource Alliance Creates One of the Nation's Largest Whitewater Operations
Forest Service Proposes Flat Fees for the Alaska Region for Outfitters

The Forest Service has proposed per day charges (aka flat fees) for a number of outfitter activities to comply with the court order in Tongass Conservancy v Glickman. The court required the agency to charge outfitters the same fee for the same activity. The fee charged for various types of hunting are per hunt, while the fees for other activities are per day. The rule summarizes fees for activities into 6 categories and examples of the fees charged for various activities are provided below.

For general recreation the per day charge is $5.00. For heli-skiing and over snow vehicle tours $10.00. Fresh water fishing and small game hunting the fee is $10. Livery operations and equipment rental the fee is $10. Separate fees for big game hunting are listed by animal and are levied per hunt, not per day.

The Forest Service is taking comments on the Alaska flat fee policy until June 2, 2008. http://www.americaoutdoors.org/member-resources_p.htm For future reference your password to access this area is reno.

Road-Based Nature Tours $ 5.00
Remote-Setting Nature Tours $ 5.00
Flight-Seeing Landing Tours $ 5.00
Helicopter Landing Tours $ 5.00
Dog Sled Tours $ 5.00
Camping $ 5.00
Road-Based Wildlife Viewing $ 5.00
Remote Wildlife Viewing $ 5.00
Visitor Centers* $ 1.50
Over-Snow Vehicle Tours $10.00
Heli-Skiing Tours $10.00
Freshwater Fishing $10.00
Waterfowl and Small Game Hunting (including wolf) $10.00
Brown Bear:
Day Use
Black Bear:
Day Use
Day Use
Day Use
20th Anniversary Celebration December 3 - 5
AO's International Marketing and Management Conference to Include Founder's Reunion Celebration
  Plan to attend America Outdoors' most dynamic learning experience ever.

Learn emerging business strategies that will help transform your business. Attend AO's 20th Anniversary Marketing and Management conference in Knoxville, TN, December 3 - 5th.

For a list of exhibitors for the 2008 trade show go to Exhibitors
A Founder's Reunion Celebration is planned with original owners and pioneers of the industry invited to attend the grand celebration event in Knoxville on Thursday, December 4th. The event will include a multi-media presentation documenting and giving tribute to the early days of our industry. See old friends and make new ones in the industry at this once in a life time event. Registration information will be available in June.
Are You Taking Advantage of Key Members Benefits?
  Are you taking advantage of key members benefits?
  • 15% credits on liability insurance to qualified members through the AO insurance program;
  • Health insurance through Affinity Health Insurance using nationally recognized carriers
  • Up to 20% off on Quickbooks products and services
  • Great rates and service on Visa/Mastercard processing
Plus The Business Library with 40 new and recently updated reports. The Business Library answers such questions as:
  • What is my business worth?
  • How do I increase my retirement money and income?
  • When do I sell out and how do I negotiate the best deal?
  • How do I prepare a financing proposal to get that needed capital?
  • Design a compensation package that gives me the most after-tax income?
  • How do I assure business continuity?
  • How do I increase and manage my cash flow and build more wealth?
Those questions and much more...with case studies and illustrations to lead you to the right decisions that pay off for you, your family, and your company today and for many years to come.To review all AO benefits go to Member Resources.
Using Background Checks and Hiring Practices
  See the New America Outdoors Advisory on How to Stay Out of Trouble with Your Hiring and Firing Practices

America Outdoors hired a law firm to review some of the issues regarding the use of background check and the practices and procedures that are necessary for you to follow if you make a decisions regarding the hiring or firing of a person based on a background check (which is governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act). The briefs are in the password protected area under Member Resources, Risk Management.

It is important for you to note that the agreements that many background check firms use waive any claims that result from errors in the data that they provide to you.

We strongly recommend that you review this brief prior to beginning your recruitment. This summary provides information about the law and the steps you use to take to stay out of trouble. The information is designed as a public service, but it is not intended to be legal advice. Legal information is not the same as legal advice -- the application of law to an individual's specific circumstances. To make sure your understanding of the information is correct, and that the concepts are correctly applied to your specific situation, we recommend you consult a lawyer
West Virginia Adventure Resource Alliance Creates One of the Nation's Largest Whitewater Operations
  Another big merger has revised the outfitting industry in West Virginia. ACE Adventure Resort, Wildwater Expeditions, Songer Whitewater and New River Gorge Adventures have created an alliance to offer visitors to southern West Virginia a full slate of outdoor adventures and lodging opportunities.

Working cooperatively the new venture will become the state's largest outfitter. The four entities will be based at three locations and will retain their respective workforces with 65 full-time employees and a seasonal payroll of more than 250 people.
For more information on the alliance go online to www.aceraft.com, www.wvaraft.com www.songerwhitewater.com
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