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Outfitter/Guide Workshop Scheduled for Bend, LaGrande
For Immediate Release -March 31, 2011
The Oregon State Marine Board is inviting local fishing, hunting and other Board registered guides and outfitters to meetings in Bend and LaGrande  to discuss specific issues related to management of Oregon's outfitters and guides.
The first meeting is 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at the Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Rd in Bend.  The LaGrande meeting is 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the LaGrande Forestry & Range Sciences Lab, 1401 Gekeler Ln. in LaGrande.  The public is invited to attend.
The meetings are part of a larger review process of the administrative rules administering the program.  A survey covering a number of guide-related issues was mailed to all state registered guides and outfitters in January.  Results of the survey will be used to begin a dialogue on the current state of the program, local issues and future trends and concerns.
“There are some rules we need to update regarding guide training on class III whitewater, guide corporations and other items," said Randy Henry, Policy Analyst for the Board.  "We're also interested in how the program is working for guides now, what needs improvement, are there local issues to be aware of, and what do guides think about some of the more difficult issues like limited entry and competency training."
Support materials are available online at www.boatoregon.com under "rulemaking."
Ten outfitter/guide program meetings are scheduled statewide this spring.  Results of these meetings will be reviewed by a Guide Advisory Committee, established by the Board under statute, to determine if any regulation proposals are needed or appropriate.
For more information, contact Randy Henry at (503) 378-2611.