UPDATES, INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
FOR OUTFITTERS & GUIDES
US Forest Service Guidance on Fee Relief
The US Forest Service issued guidance on April 8, 2020 to individual forests regarding operating fee relief across the country. This is guidance, and not direction, and therefore non-binding, keeping the final decision in the power of the local forest.
The guidance encourages forests to extend a 90-day fee deferral to its permittees, to ease the pressure on operators who are set up to pay their estimated use. Finally,the guidance also includes provisions to relax other requirements during the 90-day period.
Over the past week, Idaho has been showing indications that the 'curve' in our state may be flattening. However, the owner of Saltzer Health Medical Group and founding member of the initiative, "Crush the Curve," Dr. Tommy Ahlquist cautions that while the figures coming in are promising, more tests and more widespread testing is necessary to affirm the numbers and pave the way for a safe 'reopening'. “That’s the bottom line, COVID-19 testing and antibody testing, there’s just not enough of it.” Read More in this Article
Governor Little will host a press conference regarding the 21-Day Stay-Home Order tomorrow, 4/14, at 11 a.m., in which he is expected to update the state regarding whether the order will be extended, rescinded, or otherwise adjusted.
The Governor will also be answering questions about COVID-19 in Idaho LIVE on Idaho Public television this Thursday, 4/16, at 8:00PM on IPT and online.
THE AGE OF THE WEBINAR
IOGA WEBINAR RECORDING
For those of you that missed it, our friends at Idaho Commerce have made a recording of the IOGA Webinar "CARES Act For Idaho's Guides & Outfitters" available.
You can also access the Wenbinar Notes provided by Commerce, with links referenced and contact information for the presenters HERE
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Webinar Recording: Business Continuity Planning
Zeb Smith, CPA and AO Commercial member, shared a framework for business continuity planning during COVID-19.
The webinar was designed to help you define an action plan that is best for you, your team, and your business; look beyond all of the unnecessary noise and stresses in the world today; confidently and effectively leverage your finances, employees, customers, & vendors; and position yourself to not only survive COVID-19 but thrive when it passes.
Access more resources, including some publically accessible recorded webinars from our hardworking friends at America Outdoors via their COVID-19 resources page.
Webinar Recording: Follow the Numbers Tactics & Action Steps for the Next 90 Days
Pat Tabor, CPA, walks outfitters through the rules and new developments with the PPP & EIDL loan options and tax relief as well as how to manage the money, including setting yourself up for forgiveness.
OUTFITTERS WITH PPP QUESTION RELATED TO 1099/W2 EMPLOYEES, SKIP TO 1:24.20 (1 HOUR, 24 MINUTES, 20 SECONDS) FOR TABOR'S TAKE.
In a time flush with webinars, this was a really valuable one, folks.
Once again, special thanks to our friends at America Outdoors and to Pat Tabor for putting this together.
RIVER TALK PODCAST APPEARANCE "Talking with Aaron Squared about the Effects of COVID on the Paddling Season"
IOGA Executive Director, Aaron Lieberman (AKA, Aaron #1), and America Outdoors Executive Director, Aaron Bannon (AKA, Aaron #2), joined our friends (guides and outfitters all) at the River Talk Podcast to discuss the potential effects of COVID-19 on the 2020 whitewater season, how outfitters and private boaters can come together during this time, projections for the 2020 season and impact on rural communities.
Please contact the IOGA office by calling 208.342.1438 or emailing us at [email protected]or [email protected] with questions or concerns you have. We are committed to seeing this industry through this very difficult time.
The recent RMS News Digest announced TWO positions. They are seeking applications for a:
Dustin Aherin is a true gem in the river community. Tragically, a few days ago, Dustin's house in Lewiston burned down. It left nothing but the garage door. He and Clarabell the dog are fortunately unharmed. Dustin is loved and respected by many, and would never ask for help himself. So I am asking for him. Let's help Dustin and Clarabell get back on their feet.