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January 29, 2010

America Outdoors Association Bulletin

Association Members to Tackle Issues during February
Visits to Capitol Hill

NPS Seeking Comments on Cooperative Association Agreements

Association Members to Tackle Issues during February
Visits to Capitol Hill

A group of AOA members and affiliates will be traveling to DC in early February to deal with several key issues facing the industry.  Among the issues to be addressed:

• The CDL requirement for 9 to 15 passenger vans contained in S. 554 and H.R. 1396, the Motor Coach Enhanced Safety Act;
• Provisions in H.R. 3619, which establish taxing authority for state and local governments on navigable waters;
• Cost recovery issues in National Forests;
• Amendments to the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and the provisions that prohibit duplicitive fees on outfitting..
• Updates on NPS concessions issues, including the status of the proposed Commercial Use Authorization rules that are expected soon.

If you have comments, send them to dbrown@americaoutdoors.orgor

NPS Seeking Comments on Cooperative Association Agreements

NPS grants special privileges to certain charitable, non-profit organizations which help the Park Service fulfill their mission and educate the public about Park resources.  Officially, NPS says, “Cooperating Associations are 501(1)(c)(3)’s that help Parks with their “educational, scientific, historical and interpretive activities.”

This week NPS issued a draft Director’s Order 32, which provides guidance to Parks on their agreements, activities and participation with Cooperative Associations.  Director’s Orders provide Park Superintendents with guidance on day-to-day management decisions and activities. All the Director’s Orders can be found at

DO 32 outlines the types of activities Cooperating Associations are allowed to conduct in Parks through special privileges authorized through 5 year, renewable agreements.  Section 8 deals with Interpretive Cooperating Associations.  Agreements may provide the Association with the authority to conduct “guided tours”, campfire talks, lectures, seminars and curriculum based programming.  Cooperative associations may use government facilities and government vehicles to carry out their activities and may engage in activities that are taxable if approved in the agreement.  However, Associations that provide activities that impact concessioner or other Association’s activities must be approved by the Regional Director.  The section of DO 32 regarding Cooperative Association’s involvement in “guided tours” may be of interest to you if you are under a contract or in competition with an Association. 

Other sections of the proposal deals with fundraising, administration, NPS participation in setting priorities and goals and the nature of the agreements.

The draft of DO 32 is available under Proposed Rules and Regulations under the Government Affairs section of the AOA website.  We will be developing proposed comments.  Written comments should be
sent to Rose Fennell, NPS Servicewide Cooperating Association Coordinator, 1849 C Street NW. (2450), Washington, DC 20240 or to the Internet address: Please include ‘‘Comments on Director’s Order #32’’ in the e-mail subject line.

Send any feedback you have on this matter to

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