Thank you to all of you who have already paid your dues! If you haven’t, please RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP or JOIN IOGA and support our efforts on behalf of the Outfitters and Guides Industry in Idaho. If you have any questions or need a copy of your dues invoice, please contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 342-1438.
Save the Date.
IOGA ANNUAL MEETING & THAW FUNDRAISER
DEC 6-8 2022
Red Lion Downtowner Hotel
Details to follow soon. We can’t wait to see you again!
The education and value of the Annual Meeting is a benefit of membership with IOGA. If you haven't had a chance to renew your membership call (208)342-1438, or fill out a new member application.
Your donations make this all happen!
Calls to Action.
Advocate on behalf of our industry and your business with these simple action items!
IOGA Economic Impact Survey
The IOGA is sponsoring an Economic Impact study that will highlight the significance of outdoor outfitters and guides to Idaho’s economy. We are relying on members of our association and industry to help us develop a key tool to help you!
ACTION: DISTRIBUTE THE SURVEY TO CLIENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN A PROFESSIONALLY OUTFITTED/GUIDED ACTIVITY BETWEEN 10/1/21-12/31/22.
READ MORE ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT SURVEY & ACCESS AN EMAIL DISTRIBUTION TEMPLATE HERE.
It is critical to our ability to our efficacy politically, socially, with agencies, the legislature and congress that we are able to demonstrate the significance of our industry in Idaho economically.
IOGLB Negotiated Rule Making
The IOGLB is performing a thorough review of its administrative rules and is in the process of initiating proposed rulemaking procedures.
ACTION: SUBMIT COMMENT DURING COMMENT PERIOD 9/7-10/7
SUBMIT TO: email@example.com
IOGLB rules can be found here and here. The first is a redline that illustrates the changes being considered, excepting renumbered sections that have not been relocated in the draft. The second is a clean version reflecting the proposed rules. The clean version is in the proper order and what will appear in the Bulletin.
Upcoming negotiated rulemaking meetings:
September 20th 9:00 AM MDT
Meeting Number: 2452 440 3931
October 3rd at 9:00 AM MDT
Meeting Number: 2469 913 6779
Lifetime Tourism Award
Do you know an industry rock star that has gone above and beyond to promote tourism and recreation in Idaho? Nominations are open for the 2022 Governor's Lifetime Achievement in Recreation and Tourism Award.
ACTION: SUBMIT NOMINATIONS BY 9/7
News & Updates.
AMERICA OUTDOORS UPDATES
IOGA thanks our partners at AO for their industry advocacy and consistent monitoring and coordination around these federal issues.
White House launches FICOR
A new federal agency was recently launched. Commercial outfitters are not included in the list of partners. The Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR) will focus on “improving access to nature, expanding outdoor recreation opportunities, and providing the public with improved and more affordable experiences on America’s public lands and waters.”
AO is engaging with the agency to recognize outfitters as vital partners in its mission.
Increased Fees for Outfitters
USFS announced its intent to do away with cost recovery relief for commercial recreation providers while waiving policy match requirements for partners that will serve underserved communities.
AO is engaging with congress and federal employees on how commercial outfitters can be partners in serving underserved communities and should not be penalized with increased fees
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is developing a unit-wide, land-based outfitter and guide management plan. IOGA has submitted comments and recommendations on behalf of the industry. Please use link below to view.
Idaho Political Update
In the August 18th edition of the Idaho Political Report, Risch Pisca discusses:
August Revenue Report
Projected $2 Billion Dollar Surplus
Special Legislative Session
Attorney General's Office Reverses
Position on "Quality Education Act" Funding
Fish & Game Bulletin
Perch Study on Lake Cascade and More Fishing News & Information! 8/25/22
Interior Department Announces Stay on Columbia River Basin Dams
“New deal seeks to extend truce in court battle over Columbia River salmon” Seattle Times 8/5/22
Read & watch more here
Idaho State Wildlife Plan
Idaho Fish & Game has released the 2022 Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan revision.
Mother Nature Dramatically Changes Middle Fork Salmon River
By Grant Simonds, Executive Director at Middle Fork Outfitters Association, Government Affairs, Salmon River Outfitters Association
Photos above by Matt Leidecker / https://www.mattlphoto.com/Galleries/Idaho-1/River-Trips/082122-Middle-Fork-Blowouts
On Friday evening, August 12, a microburst created multiple landslides and blockages on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River just downstream of the Boundary Creek put-in making float boat navigation on the upper end of the Middle Fork impossible. Not realizing what had happened the night before, two separate Middle Fork outfitter/guide crews started their deadhead trips the next morning, Saturday, August 13, with the intent of meeting their guests the next day at the Indian Creek airstrip at Mile 25. It is customary during the low water season of late summer for boats and gear to be deadheaded and guests to be flown in.
Click here for more to this story and landslide pictures.
“In Idaho, Anadromous Fishing Guides and Outfitters have increasingly either to leave their homes to fish, or leave their business. It's an unfair choice and one we needn't force upon them. All that is required is for us, as a region, to commit to replacing the services and benefits the LSRD provide, and the people whose livelihoods are tied to them.
Not so long ago, we moved mountains to install these structures, electrifying the rural American West and driving industry. Yes, it was hard. Yes, it was expensive. So, too, will this be. But we can still do hard things—and there is a better version of our region beyond that effort, one that includes reliable, affordable power and grain transport, water supply, and abundant populations of salmon and steelhead for generations to come. This report lays plain that, together, all of us in this region—the outfitters & guides, farmers, water users, rural communities and rural utilities—can do this...and we must.”
-Aaron Lieberman, Executive Director, Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association (IOGA)
REMINDER: IOGLB enforcement officers handle complaints for the Idaho Outfitter & Guides industry. Complaints may be submitted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AirFlare is revolutionizing outdoors safety by turning the smartphone that nearly everyone carries into a new kind of safety and rescue tool, with powerful in- and out-of-cell service capabilities. AirFlare makes it faster to find someone, improves outcomes, and keeps everyone safer as a result.
“Tyson Wise skied out of bounds at Brundage Mountain Resort looking for untracked snow only to realize he had strayed too far from familiar territory and was in need of help. Wise, 47, of Boise, said he hiked for over an hour to get back in bounds. He realized that he was running out of daylight and the battery in his telephone was draining so he called the [Brundage] ski patrol for assistance. Instead of mounting a full-scale search and rescue operation, patrollers sent him a text linking to a smartphone app that helped pinpoint his location. Once they knew exactly where he was, two patrollers on snowmobiles drove directly to Wise and brought him back to safety”
Article written and published by The Star-News in McCall
Packers needed for all hunting season. Please call Big Timber Outfitters at (208) 993-1688.
Do you love rivers and want to help others develop that lifelong passion? We have several positions related to the whitewater programming we offer, between Alzar School and Confluences River Expeditions, including an Operations and Logistics manager, a Customer Service manager, and an Outdoor Program coordinator. We are looking to customize the position(s) for the skills and availability of the candidate selected. This is a great opportunity for a seasoned guide looking to move to a more consistent schedule while staying connected to the industry we love.
Please apply online at https://forms.gle/QWmN1c1yknStjg8dA
OUTFITTER BUSINESS FOR SALE
Lower Salmon River Outfitter/Guide Business For Sale
SA7A, SA7B, SA8
Whitewater - day and multi-day trips
Fishing and Chukar Hunting
Gary Lane is retiring from the outfitter world for more time to run private trips and occasionally guest guide for various other outfitters. Inventory includes an assortment of rafts and IK’s, misc. river equipment, vehicle, trailer and mailing list. Will consider separating whitewater from fishing and chukar hunting, or combine all sections for a reduced price.
Description of area:
Contact: Gary Lane 208:628-3523
Wolf Trappers for Hire
Full-time wolf trappers available for hire. Located near Kamiak but mobile. Have over 100 wolf traps. Charter member of Foundation for Wildlife Management. Contact Dan Rawson (208) 816-2847 for more information.
Raft & Fish Outfitting Business for Sale
This rafting and guide outfit operates in Salmon. Operates under permits from the U.S. National Forest and these permits must be assigned to the new owner at closing. The permits grant almost 1200 use days on the S-4 and S-5 sections of the Salmon River. Note: you cannot just start rafting and guiding on this river you must have a permit like the one with this business. Equipment includes: 25-passenger bus, 15 passenger vans, trailers, river rafts, kayaks, life vests, a drift boat, camping gear, and cooking gear. Contact Todd Dye at (208) 317-0934.
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