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October 19, 2007
||New Proposed Forest Service Permitting Policy Published in the
The new proposed Forest
Service permitting policy was published in the Federal Register on Friday,
October 19th. AO will distribute a complete analysis of the proposed policy
once and offer comments for members to use prior to the close of comment on
January 17th. Within about two weeks of the proposed rules publication in the
Federal Register, AO will host a conference call for members to explain the
policy and suggest a course of action to ensure the maximum number of comments
are submitted consistent with the overall interest of the membership and
- The policy creates
significant issues for many outfitter holding priority use. After a five year
review, any unused allocation will be transferred to a common pool for
distribution to temporary use holders who may apply 12 months in advance.
Priority use holders may only apply for use from the pool within 30 days of the
- Utilization of
allocation will be reviewed every five years. The agency may award the highest
year of use plus 10% to the existing priority use holders provided that the
allocation does not exceed the original amount. This is too stringent for most
outfitters who are regulated throughout the year, including during shoulder
season and where resources are subject to drought, fire and the availability of
- Temporary permit
holders can apply for 100 user days per year. They are not subject to annual
- Inspections for annual
evaluations for priority use are not subject to appeal but factor into the
annual evaluations for priority use holders that are used to determine renewal.
- Ten-year permits may
be issued for priority use, subject to use review every five years, but only
based on a needs assessment and NEPA. It is uncertain whether the use
transferred to the temporary use pool is subject to NEPA.
The proposed rules and
the proposed handbook guidance is under the Government Affairs tab in Proposed
Rules on Americaoudoutdoors.org Members will get a hard copy in the mail with a
complete analysis in a few days and proposed comments in a few
Director of Special Uses in the Washington office of the Forest Service, will
be presenting the policy and listening to our input at the America Outdoors
Confluence conference in Reno on Wednesday, December 5th.
a Trip to the Live Auction at Confluence
We have some
great trips offered already for the live auction. Trips selected will be posted
on the AO website in November. Well flash images of the trip on the
screen during the auction. Greg Lightning Williams will auction 10
to 12 trips in thirty minutes. Join us for this fast-paced fun event and go
some place special. To donate a trip contact Bob Volpert
AO's Marketing and Management Conference Before Nov. 5 to Avoid Late Fees
To register for
Confluence, America Outdoors' Marketing and Management Conference go to
now for the Bowling Tournament
||It's Just for Fun
at the National Bowling Stadium across
the street from the Silver Legacy
Thursday, December 6th 8:30 - 11:00
Right after the party and
The registration fee is
$20. Participants will be assigned randomly to teams.
Stay out of the gutter and join us for this fun event.
Call 800-524-4814 or register when you sign up for Confluence.
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