are proud to announce NFRA's 61st Annual Conference and Trade Show will
be held in San Diego from March 3-5, 2009. Attend this conference and
join the country's top experts in private concession management of
public recreation facilities.
Each year, this conference
operators of resorts, campgrounds, marinas, stores, organization camps,
pack stations, and outfitter guides to network and share information.
Government attendees, particularly from the Forest Service,
consistently report that they learned more about the details of
recreation permit management in this two-day conference than they have
in any number of internal training programs.
Located at the beautiful Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa
secured a great daily rate for our guests at the Hilton San Diego
Resort and Spa, located right on the beach at Mission Bay. For our
government attendees, the hotel has agreed to match to local Federal
per diem rate.
The newly renovated Hilton San Diego Resort offers impeccably appointed rooms on an
18-acre bayfront park. Enjoy lush gardens, rolling lawns and sandy
bayfronts just steps from your door. Each room features a large balcony
or patio, king or two queen-sized beds,
high speed Internet access, coffee maker, 27 inch television with
in-room movies, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, voice mail and
special NFRA hotel rates are valid 3 days before and 3 days after the
conference. The resort is located just minutes away from the airport,
San Diego Zoo, and numerous other San Diego attractions, so we
encourage you to combine business with pleasure!
We anticipate general session and breakout topics to include:
Trends and outlook for recreation
Legislative initiatives affecting regreation
Discussion of US Forest Service priorities
A special session for government employees on the economics of the concession business
Using the Internet to increase profits
New products to increase recreation profitability
rates are the same as in previous years. Members and government
employees may register before February 15 for $275, or for $325
thereafter. Registration for non-members and non-government employees
is $425 (no early discount available). As in past years, we offer
discounts for the multiple employees from the same firm and for
You may view all the rates, as well as register and pay online, at the NFRA conference registration page. Or, you may download and print a registration form here
(.pdf file requires Acrobat Reader) and mail it in with a payment by
check. If you have any questions, you may call Mary Buonaguidi at our
event manager ConferenceDirect at (760) 942-7104. Or, you may call
Marily Reese of NFRA at (559) 564-2365.
Sunday, November 9, 2008 (SF Chronicle) Time for Forest Service to return to roots
Development: Can the Forest Service tackle climate change? What it means: It's been a dismal eight years for the U.S. Forest Service. When President Bush took office, the agency gave up on protecting roadless consumed by firefighting - which now takes up nearly 50 percent of its budget. But the West's fires are a symptom of a warming climate and an already stressed environment. The Forest Service needs to tackle the problem at its roots. How? First: Protect the highest-quality lands and reconnect landscapes. Fragmented habitats won't survive future floods, fire and drought. Second: Engage communities in restoration. This will create high-wage jobs in the rural areas that most need them. Reducing hazardous fuels will reduce the cost of firefighting, and the cut trees and brush could be used for biomass energy, offsetting demand for oil and gas. Our national forests are a natural showcase for the responsible development of renewable wind and solar energy. The Forest Service was created 100 years ago to provide the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time. With climate change threatening our planet, it's time for the agency to reclaim its conservation mantle. - Chris Wood From an eagle's-eye view