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July 30, 2007
America Outdoors E-News
on Parks and Forests Fee Bill
||Update on Parks and Forests Fee Bill
||Last week we advised you of two bills
introduced in the House of Representatives designed to raise money from
commercial activities on federally-managed lands. H.R. 3058 would raise $4
billion from commercial activities in national forests over five years to
support county governments and schools in areas where there are national
forests. H.R. 3094 would raise $100 million per year for the National Park
Centennial Initiative to increase educational activities, increase diversity in
Parks, train NPS personnel and rehabilitate park facilities. New fees and
increased fees on commercial activities in areas managed by the Secretary of
Interior will fund the Park Service initiative.
While the sponsors have not divulged which commercial activities
will be subject to new fees, it is our understanding that they do not intend to
include fees from outfitters and guides in an amended version of the bill.
Congressman Rahall is a long-time friend of outfitters. However, there are
issues with each bill and since the sources of commercial activity are limited
in each case, we will have to remain vigilant and active on these two
Amendments hostile to our interests may be offered by
others. For example, there is already controversy about the strategy in H.R.
3094 to raise money from BLM lands to support national parks. If those sources
are eliminated, the primary source of the funding is NPS concessions.
Currently, fees from commercial activities on national
forests and grasslands generate about $500 million annually. Those receipts
would have to double or be taken out of the agency budget and dedicated to
rural counties in the first year after enactment to reach the goals in the
bill. In FY 2006, recreation special uses generated $48 million and recreation
enhancement act receipts (passed in 2004) generated another $58 million
bringing total receipts from recreation fees in national forests to over $106
million. (It should be noted that the Forest Service is currently rewriting
their fee policy for outfitters and guides. Don't expect a decrease.) Receipts
from timber harvesting and timber salvage sales generated $151 million and
minerals generated $76 million from national forests and grasslands in FY 2006.
Grazing generated $6 million. Given this information, it is hard to see where
$4 billion will come from even if fees from non recreation sources, such as
timber and mineral extraction, are doubled unless all those fees are dedicated
to the counties and taken out of the agency budget, which would lead to budget
We will keep you advised
of the situation. A hearing on H.R. 3094 is scheduled for August 2nd.
||Good News on PCI Compliance for
Outfitters Taking Credit Card Reservation via the Internet
Good news for America Outdoors members! AAMS has
postponed implementation of the PCI non-response fee to at least January. This
should provide relief for members immersed in their busy summer season. All
credit card processors will require PCI compliance in the future but some may
not advised their merchants of the new requirements.
To clarify the requirements, merchants that use dial
terminals for processing and do not store credit card information on a computer
only need to complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire. Members can obtain an
abbreviated version (15 questions) from SecurityMetrics for a nominal fee.
SecurityMetrics can be reached at 1-800-557-4797 or at their website of
members chose to complete the questionnaire independently, PDF and Word
versions can be located at
Completed questionnaires should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some additional considerations for merchants utilizing
networks, websites, or store credit card information. These members will be
required to have vulnerability scans performed and submit the results to AAMS.
The guidelines below are commonly referred to as the Digital Dozen. Many of the
guidelines would benefit all applications, not just credit card
Maintain a Secure Network
Requirement 1: Install and maintain a firewall configuration
to protect cardholder data
Requirement 2: Do not use vendor-supplied
defaults for system passwords and other security parameters
3: Protect stored cardholder data
Requirement 4: Encrypt
transmission of cardholder data across open, public
Vulnerability Management Program
Requirement 5: Use and
regularly update anti-virus software
Requirement 6: Develop and
maintain secure systems and applications
Access Control Measures
Requirement 7: Restrict access to
cardholder data by business need-to-know
Requirement 8: Assign a
unique ID to each person with computer access
Restrict physical access to cardholder data
Regularly Monitor and
Requirement 10: Track and monitor all access to
network resources and cardholder data
Requirement 11: Regularly test
security systems and processes
Maintain an Information Security
Requirement 12: Maintain a policy that addresses
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