What Participants Said About the AOA Marketing and Management Conference:
“Thank you for a great show, as a new participant I felt it was very valuable.” Michael Cohen, Santa Barbara Adventure Company, CA
“Really enjoyed the conference. Lots of great info. We hadn’t been here for several years and I realize we need to consistently attend.” Julia Gumper, Centennial Canoe, CO
“This was my 1st conference and I think it was very well rounded in the tools & topics displayed. It is great to finally find an organized resource for our unique situation.”
“Overall event was well organized with good balance between social, networking, workshops, & trade fair. Food was very good.” Paul Fogal, Jim Thorpe, PA
“Thanks for great content.” Deb Bitton, Mystic Saddle Ranch, ID
Thanks to everyone who attended the Salt Lake City conference; we look forward to seeing everyone in Reno in 2011!
Outlook for the New Congress
The lame duck session is winding down with more than tax issues on the agenda. A large lands bill has been assembled to establish new Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers. Prospects for the bill's passage are uncertain.
When the new Congress convenes, several issues critical to outfitters are expected to be considered. Among the measures expected to arise:
- Possible revival of the state and local tax authority on services delivered by vessels on federally navigable waters (defeated in the last session);
- Reauthorization of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), which is the authority for issuance of outfitter permits on National Forests, BLM lands and in Refuges; and is the authority under which recreation fees are collected and distributed;
- Motor coach and van regulations, including provisions on 9 to15 passenger van regulations;
- Cost Recovery reform for special use permits;
- Elevating the status of outfitting and recreation in National Forests and in the BLM National Landscape Conservation System.
While we do not have the line-up of Committee Chairs in the Senate as of yet, the Republican leadership in the House is clear.
- Interior Appropriations. - Mike Simpson, (R-ID). This subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee develops budgets for all Interior and related agencies including the Forest Service, which is part of the Department of Agriculture.
- House Committee on Natural Resources – Doc Hastings (R-WA) has accepted Chairmanship of the full-committee which oversees management and authorization of activities in National Forests, National Parks, BLM and USFWS managed areas, energy and mineral resources, oceans, insular affairs and wildlife, water and power. He replaces Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) as Chairman.
- Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. – Robert Bishop (R-UT) is most likely to succeed Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) as subcommittee chair.
- Transportation and Infrastructure – John L. Mica (R-FL) is in line for chairmanship of the full committee which oversees the Coast Guard, Department of Transportation, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
- Highways and Transit Subcommittee – John Duncan (R-TN) is likely to be the subcommittee chair. This committee oversees highway safety regulations for commercial motor vehicles, which is important for the regulations governing 9 to 15 passenger vans.
Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!