Why you should always be a member of the trade association that represents the activity you provide?

Trade associations should keep you informed and help you promote your business, much more and there are many traps for the unwary.

Trade associations cost money, take time and eventually will want you to step up and volunteer more time and money. However, every time it will be worth it.

What are the benefits of being a member of a trade association?

  1. Savings. The savings can be from a better discount on your credit card processing, insurance or buying equipment. These discounts alone usually pay for your membership each year.
  2. Knowledge: There is a lot to be learned every month from trade association newsletters and websites. Why make the same mistakes of everyone else who started before you?
  3. Education: The annual conference of most trade associations is usually full of speakers who can provide a ton of education for your business.
  4. Inside Tips: The hallways, bars and restaurants are the best education you will receive in your business. You will gain knowledge, insight and friendship. Not only will you learn the best way of taking care of your equipment buy you might make a friend who you can borrow equipment from when yours goes down.
  5. Friendship: We all need someone who can answer a tough question or just lift up your spirits on a bad day. That person who understands the issues you are facing who might be across the continent or the world could be that person. You’ll never find them online, but you might sit next to them at a trade association conference.
  6. Regulation: No business is free from government regulation. Helping you understand the regulations you are dealing with every day and more importantly keeping you aware of what is coming down the legislature or bureaucratic pipeline is critical to your survival.
  7. Fun: Attending a trade association conference is fun. They are not all work.
  8. Staying current with the law: Some trade associations try to create standards for an industry. Stay away from them. The standards are used by the plaintiffs to sue you more than anything else. However, you need to attend your trades association conference to make sure you are keeping current with the industry. At a conference, you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t work and new ideas on improving your business. Those things all work to raise the standard in the industry, and if you do not know them, you will be left behind in business and in court.

The more you become involved, meetings you attend, conferences you attend, the more you will get out of your membership. Serving on a committee or on the board is time-consuming and might be costly, but you will be put in a position to take the best advantage of the benefits the association has to offer and the education the association holds.

One note of caution: Be wary of associations that believe they are the one and only, that they can tell you how to run your business or over promise and always under deliver. Always be weary of associations that have a bigger budget from other sources other than membership and conferences. They become self-serving organizations.

Running an educational or insurance business is a great way for an association to create more funds. Using the educational or insurance business to create membership or influence the industry is doomed from the start. None succeed over time, many taking the association down when the business fails.

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Find, learn and join trade associations that can help you with your business.

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Pathways – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference Europe

Pathways Europe 2018 – Goslar, Germany


Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Pathways – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference Europe

Conference Theme: Resurrecting the Wild!?

Goslar, Germany – September 16 – 19, 2018

Improving the understanding of human dimensions of natural resource management and conservation through the application of social and economic sciences in a sustainable use and conservation context is being perceived as a major prerequisite for a successful balance of stakeholder interests, as reflected in the United Nations’ recently adapted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in the EU Commission’s “Action Plan for nature, people and the economy.” However, crossing disciplinary boundaries and the effective engagement with the human dimensions of natural resources such as wildlife and fisheries is still uncommon, sometimes accredited to the lack of awareness about the scope and importance of social and economic sciences related to the environment. The Pathways – Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Conference aims at bringing researchers and practitioners together that value the contributions of social, economic and social-ecological science to the improvement of natural resource management and conservation. The conference’s key target audiences are scientists, governmental and non-governmental natural resource managers, stakeholder groups, especially land and water users/land owners, and other practitioners in the field. It wants to attract enthusiastic presenters and trainers allowing professionals to participate and engage with like-minded professionals across national, state, and institutional boundaries.

Conference Subjects and Submission Deadlines

We are proposing four major content categories for thematic orientation:

  • Social-ecological systems as a framework for conservation management
  • Management of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Large Carnivores in Europe (and beyond)
  • Management of Human-Wildlife Conflicts: “Other” Species in Europe (and beyond)
  • Natural Resource and Conservation Stakeholders: Managing Expectations and Engagement

For a detailed description of these subjects, the presentation formats and the submission instructions please visit the conference web site at https://sites.warnercnr.colostate.edu/pathways/ and https://www.nna.niedersachsen.de/pathways/ for further information.

Submission deadlines:

  • Individual abstracts for oral or poster presentations: February 28, 2018
  • All other formats: February 15, 2018

You may contact the organizers at pathways2018 in case of further questions.

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Tourism Naturally Conference

Tourism Naturally Conference 2016


Last Chance to Submit Symposia Proposals: Submission Deadline March 15

Are you interested in being a thought leader at the Tourism Naturally Conference?

We invite you to submit symposia ideas for the inaugural Tourism Naturally Conference in Alghero, Italy, October 2nd – 5th, 2016.

Symposia, or organized sessions, offer the opportunities for attendees to organize a series of presentations related to any of the conference themes.

  • Symposia will be comprised of 4-6 paper presentations with a suggested time of 20 minutes per speaker (15 mins presenting, 5 mins Q & A).
  • Roundtable, panel discussions and other formats are also welcome.
  • Speakers are scheduled according to the organizer’s preferences.
  • Symposia are scheduled to run concurrently with other conference sessions.

For more information on how to submit your proposal, please visit our website: www.tourismnaturally.org

Symposia Deadline: March 15, 2016

Individual Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2016

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Experience Industry Management Conference and Research Retreat Updates

The Annual Experience Industry Management (EIM) Conference hosted by the Department of Recreation Management at BYU will take place March 29-30, 2016 in Provo, UT.

This three-day event brings together academics and professionals from a variety of fields and industries to talk about the provision of meaningful experiences. The conference also provides excellent networking opportunities for current students interested in experience industry related careers.

This year’s conference will features an excellent selection of experience design related speakers, workshops, and networking events. Announced speakers include:

A research retreat on Monday, March 28 precedes the conference. The day will provide researchers the opportunity to: generate and share research ideas by leading a roundtable discussion, share work in progress, and/or present completed research. The intent is to provide a setting different than a traditional research symposium by creating time and space for discussion of ideas. The hope is to bring a group of academics together who have a shared interest in studying and understanding experiences from the participant and provider perspective and who are eager to discuss ideas. We define experiences quite broadly and hope to attract a diverse array of researchers, research topics, and discussion areas. It will be a collaborative and intimate experience with ample opportunities for interaction.

For more information and to register visit: http://marriottschool.byu.edu/event/eimconf2016/home

The abstract submission deadline for the EIM Research Retreat is February 16th. See the attachment for more information.

Mat Duerden, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Recreation Management

Marriott School of Management

Brigham Young University


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Teaching OUTSIDE the Box Conference 2014

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Looking for a Tourism/Hospitality conference a little far afield?

Taylor’s University will host the 12th Asia Pacific CHRIE (ApacCHRIE) Conference in Kuala Lumpur from 21 – 24 May 2014. We welcome submission of papers on the following themes, and look forward to welcoming you to Kuala Lumpur next May.



Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Breaking Barriers Shifting Gears

Date: 21-24 May 2014

Venue: Sunway Resort Hotel, Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia



We are pleased to announce the “12th Asia Pacific CHRIE (APacCHRIE) Conference 2014” to be organized by Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and welcome all delegates to this beautiful country.

Call For Papers

The conference will focus on a broad range of topics related to tourism and hospitality. The conference organizers invite papers, abstracts and presentations relevant to the theme of the conference “Breaking Barriers Shifting Gears”. Papers are also invited in the sub themes of:

  • Innovations of hospitality/tourism and sustainability
  • Marketing channels, issues and transformations/new trends of marketing channel in hospitality/tourism
  • Transformation of distribution channels and contemporary issues
  • Destination branding and promotion
  • Competition and cooperation
  • Tourist experience and human interactions
  • Consumer behaviour in hospitality/tourism
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Innovation in government and the economy
  • Innovation systems and the geography of innovation (national, subnational, international, others)
  • Social innovation and sustainability
  • Knowledge economies, knowledge management
  • Strategic organization and management
  • ICT and social networks
  • Language, culture, and globalization
  • Social work and social development
  • Community resilience and social capital
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Rural tourism and green tourism
  • Ethics, leadership, and corporate social responsibility
  • Other papers related to the theme of the Conference.

Who Should Attend?

  • Academics and educators in tourism/hospitality fields
  • Managers of hotels/restaurants/tourism businesses
  • Trainers in tourism/hospitality/restaurant fields
  • Tourism/hospitality researchers and industry consultants
  • Interregional organisations with interest in tourism/hospitality industry
  • Administrators of tourism/hospitality management educational programs
  • Tourism/hospitality/ restaurant industry executives and representatives of multinational firms
  • Financial institutions and tourism industry investors
  • Tourism policy makers and national tourism organisation directors
  • Students in tourism/ hospitality management

Abstracts Submission

  • Abstracts (three (3) pages extended abstract, typed, single-spaced and maximum 1,500 words) should be submitted for review and selection.
  • The abstractsshould summarize the key points of the paper and with a maximum of 6 keywords that define the subject matter.
  • The paper is reviewed based on the quality of the abstract. Thus, ensure a complete abstract is submitted.
  • Authors should write their name and indicate their affiliation (e.g. university name, country) only below the title of the paper.
  • Abstracts must be submitted using the Easychair system https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=apacchrie2014
  • All the abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Paper Review Committee and authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers through the above link.

Deadlines for Submission

Abstracts (3 page extended abstract) Submission: 31 January 2014

Full Paper Submission: 21 April, 2014

  • Once the abstract is accepted, at least one of the authors must register and present the paper at the Conference.
  • Camera ready versions of the accepted papers will be distributed to all the conference delegates via CD-ROM (with ISBN) or USB drive.
  • Best papers will be competitively selected and authors will be acknowledged with a plaque and certificate.
  • Selected papers will be considered for publication in Sponsor Journals of the Conference.

Full Papers Submission

  1. Manuscripts submitted to 12th APacCHRIE Conference 2014 should be original contribution and should not have been previously published nor under consideration for publication elsewhere. Individual and multiple authors are welcome to contribute.
  2. Manuscripts must be written in English.
  3. The abstract should summarize the key points of the paper with a maximum of 6 keywords that define the subject matter.
  4. Manuscripts should normally not exceed 5,000 words.
  5. All contributions should follow the format and style described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 6th edition).
  6. All manuscripts should be typed in MS WORD format, single-spaced with one-inch margins and using 12-point Times New Roman font (exception of tables 10-point Times New Roman).
  7. Manuscripts should include the following major sections & sequence: title, affiliation of the authors (e.g. university name, country), abstract (not more than 500 words), keywords (3-6 words only), main body (Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Findings, Conclusion) and references.
  8. The main body or text should be divided into headings and subheadings. Main headings should be centred on the page and subheadings placed at the left margin.
  9. Tables and figures (300dpi) should be clearly labelled, in the format and style described in APA (6th edition) and suitable for direct reproduction.
  10. References should follow the format and style described in APA (6th edition).

Preliminary Programme

Date Time Programme
21 MAY 2014 (WED) 9.00am – 12.00pm APacCHRIE Board Meeting
12.00pm – 2.00pm APacCHRIE Board Meeting Lunch
2.00pm – 7.00pm Pre-Conference Registration
2.00pm – 7.00pm Pre-Conference Tour:
Kuala Lumpur City Tour
(inclusive of Conference package for registered delegates)
7.00pm – 9.00pm Opening Cocktail Reception
22 MAY 2014 (THU) 8.30am-6.00pm Conference Registration
9.00am –9.30am Opening Ceremony
9.30am – 10.15am Opening Address and Keynote Speech 1
10.15am – 10.45am Refreshment Break & Press Conference
10.45am– 11.30am Keynote Speech 2
11.30am – 12.15pm Keynote Speech 3
12.15pm – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm – 3.30pm Concurrent Session 1
3.30pm – 4.00pm Refreshment Break & Poster Session 1
4.00pm – 5.30pm Concurrent Session 2
7.00pm – 13.00pm Conference Dinner
23 MAY 2014 (FRI) 8.30am-6.00pm Conference Registration
9.00am –10.30am Panel Session 1 (3 panellists)
10.30am – 11.00am Refreshment Break & Poster Session 2
11.00am – 12.30pm Concurrent Session 3
12.30pm – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm – 3.30pm Concurrent Session 4
3.30pm – 4.00pm Refreshment Break
4.00pm – 5.30pm Panel Session 2 (3 panellists)
7.00pm – 10.30pm Gala Dinner & Cultural Show
24 MAY 2014 (SAT) 9.00am –10.30am Panel Session 3 (3 panellists)
10.30am – 11.00am Refreshment Break
11.00am – 12.30pm APacCHRIE General Meeting
Closing Ceremony
Best Paper Award
2015 APacCHRIE Conference Announcement
12.30pm – 2.00pm Closing Lunch
2.00pm – 8.00pm Post-Conference Tour 1: Putrajaya – A Heritage of the Future(cost to be announced later)
25 MAY 2014 (SUN) 9.00am –8.00pm Post-Conference Tour 2: Malacca – A Historical & Heritage Trail(cost to be announced later)
25-28 MAY 2014 Optional Tours(would be arranged by appointed Tour Companies)3D/2N Langkawi, Kedah

3D/2N Redang Island, Trengganu

4D/3N Mulu National Park, Sarawak

4D/3N Kinabalu National Park, Sabah

(cost to be announced later)


All presenters and participants are invited to register for the conference. The conference registration fee includes participation in all conference sessions, participation in all scheduled meals, functions (including the opening cocktail), and refreshment breaks, and a copy of the conference proceedings and programme will be available via CDROM/USB drive at the conference. Registration fees are shown below:

Type Rates
Early Registration
(On or before 21 April 2014)
· Member: USD 320 (RM 960)· Non-Member: USD 360 (RM 1,080)

· Spouse: USD 180 (RM 540)

Regular Registration · Member: USD 360 (RM 1,080)· Non-Member: USD 440 (RM 1,420)

· Spouse: USD 200 (RM 600)

Postgraduate Students
(Registered in Overseas Universities)
· USD 240 (RM 720) (before 21 April 2014)· USD 300 (RM 900) (after 21 April 2014)
Postgraduate Students
(Registered in Malaysian Universities)Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia (TEAM) Active Members
· USD 200 (RM 600) (before 21 April 2014)· USD 250 (RM 750) (after 21 April 2014)


  • Registration Forms will be sent via email and/or are downloadable from the conference website.
  • Full-time students are required to produce a letter or certificate of full-time status at the time of registration.
  • Direct Deposit via Interbank or Interbranch – Bank : OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad – Account Type: Current A/C – Account Name: Taylor’s University Sdn Bhd – Account No: 701-130855-6
  • Telegraphic Transfer (TT) Bank : OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad – Account No: 701-130855-6 – Bank Address: Ground Floor, KL Main Branch, Jalan Tun Perak, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Swift Code: OCBCMYKLXXX
  • Local Bank Cheque make payable to : Taylor’s University Sdn Bhd
  • PayPal
  • A photocopy of the remittance slip must be emailed with the registration form to the Secretariat. All payment for the conference registration must be made in USD for International delegates and RM for Malaysian delegates.
  • Cancellation policy: If cancelled before 21 April 2014, a refund will be made less USD 100 (RM 300) administrative charge. Notice of cancellation must be received in written form. No refund after 21 April 2014.
  • Registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of full payment.

Publication Opportunities

Asia-Pacific Journal of Innovation in Hospitality and Tourismhttp://www.taylors.edu.my/apjiht

ISSN: 2289-1471

European Journal of Tourism Researchhttp://ejtr.vumk.eu/

ISSN: 1314 – 0817

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Managementhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0959-6119

ISSN: 0959-6119

International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Researchhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=ijcthr

ISSN: 1750-6182

Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Managementhttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t792306863~db=all

ISSN: 1936-8631

Journal of Travel Researchhttp://jtr.sagepub.com/

ISSN: 0047-2875

Managing Service Qualityhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=msq

ISSN: 0960-4529

Tourism Review http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=tr

ISSN: 1660-5373

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themeshttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=whatt

ISSN: 1755-4217

TEAM Journal of Hospitality & Tourismhttp://teamjournalht.wordpress.com

ISSN: 1823-4003

Journal of Vacation Marketinghttp://www.uk.sagepub.com/journals/Journal201732

ISSN: 1356-7667


Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa,

Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway

46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Tel +603-7492 8000 Fax +603-7492 8001




Dr. Chong Li Choo, Conference Secretariat

School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts,

Taylor’s University, Lakeside Campus,

No. 1, Jalan Taylor’s, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +603-56295000; Fax: +603-56295001



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The 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference and IUFRO Conference on Forests for People

Call for Presentation and Poster Proposals

The 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference and  IUFRO Conference on Forests for People

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals is proud to be sponsoring the 2013 National Outdoor Recreation Conference in conjunction with the second annual International Union of Forest Research Organizations Conference on Forests for People in Traverse City, Michigan from May 19-23, 2013.

We are pleased to offer this exciting and unique joint forum. These two educational programs will be seamlessly blended, while still retaining the individual identity of the two host organizations. You will have the opportunity to submit a presentation(s), host a poster session, and attend any session of these two educational programs.

One registration form and one registration fee will cover both conferences. The program will offer several joint sessions and field workshops, along with separate concurrent sessions tailored directly to the related themes of each conference. The sessions will be carefully synchronized to allow participants to move across as many as seven choices.

This joint call for presentations and posters allows you to target your presentation and/or poster session to the conference and theme that meets your needs.

This is a new model for professional education and development tailored for these difficult economic times. With the co-location and the joint administration of the programs, participants will have more opportunities and a greater experience.

More information about the 2013 National Outdoor Recreation and Forests for People Conference is at www.recpro.org/2013-sorp-ffp-conference. Check back often, as updates will be made regularly as the program develops.

Click here to download the Call for Proposals and Abstract Submission Form package.

Don’t delay, the deadline to submit a proposal is November 16, 2012.

Brenda Adams-Weyant
Association Manager
Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
(formerly NARRP)
PO Box 221
Marienville, PA 16239
(814) 927-8212
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Robert C. Burns, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

West Virginia University

6125 Percival Hall
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Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2012

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2012

The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2012 has officially released its Call of Posters. Please help us get the word out. Here is the link: http://www.ecotourismconference.org/estc12-poster-session. The registration for the conference is also open at this time. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Mercedes Hunt, Events Manager

The International Ecotourism Society | www.ecotourism.org

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The ESTC brings together innovative minds from across the industry to discuss practical ideas and solutions that inspire positive changes. Sept 17-19, 2012, Monterey, California, USA

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Human Dimensions Conference Call for abstracts

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Don’t Forget to Submit and Abstract

Abstract and Organized Session Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2012

Pathways to Success Conference & Training:

Integrating Human Dimensions into Fisheries and Wildlife Management

Breckenridge, Colorado

Beaver Run Resort

September 24-27, 2012

Visit our website at www.hdfwconference.org to learn more.

Keynote speaker: Gary Machlis, Chief Science Advisor, NPS

Conference Themes:

Biodiversity and Coupled Social-Ecological Systems
Fish and Wildlife Governance
The Changing Nature of Wildlife Conservation
Enduring Issues in HDFW
Improving HDFW Science
Increasing HDFW Capacity
Working with the Public
Implications of Global Change
Human Wildlife Conflict
Wildlife in an Ecosystem Services Paradigm
Discourses about Wildlife
Demographics and Fish and Wildlife Policy

Mike Manfredo

Conference Co-Chair, Pathways to Success Integrating Human Dimension into Fish and Wildlife Management

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department

Colorado State University

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Jerry Vaske

Conference Co-Chair, Pathways to Success Integrating Human Dimension into Fish and Wildlife Management

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department

Colorado State University

Dan Decker

Conference Co-Chair, Pathways to Success Integrating Human Dimension into Fish and Wildlife Management

Professor, Natural Resources

Director, Human Dimensions Research Unit

Cornell University

Esther Duke

Coordinator, Pathways to Success: Integrating Human Dimension into Fish and Wildlife Management Conference

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department

Colorado State University

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Pathways to Success Conference & Training: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fish and Wildlife Management

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Pathways to Success Conference & Training:

Fish Head Pinyon Pine

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Integrating Human Dimensions into Fish and Wildlife Management

Breckenridge, Colorado

Beaver Run Resort

September 24-27, 2012

Visit our website at www.hdfwconference.org to learn more.

Keynote speaker: Gary Machlis, Chief Science Advisor, NPS

Abstract and Proposal Deadline: May 1, 2012

Conference Themes:

Biodiversity and Coupled Social-Ecological Systems
Fish and Wildlife Governance
The Changing Nature of Wildlife Conservation
Enduring Issues in HDFW
Improving HDFW Science
Increasing HDFW Capacity
Working with the Public
Implications of Global Change
Human Wildlife Conflict
Wildlife in an Ecosystem Services Paradigm
Discourses about Wildlife
Demographics and Fish and Wildlife Policy

Mike Manfredo

Conference Co-Chair, Pathways to Success Integrating Human Dimension into Fish and Wildlife Management

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department

Colorado State University

Jerry Vaske

Conference Co-Chair, Pathways to Success Integrating Human Dimension into Fish and Wildlife Management

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department

Colorado State University

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Dan Decker

Conference Co-Chair, Pathways to Success Integrating Human Dimension into Fish and Wildlife Management

Professor, Natural Resources

Director, Human Dimensions Research Unit

Cornell University

Esther Duke

Coordinator, Pathways to Success: Integrating Human Dimension into Fish and Wildlife Management Conference

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department

Colorado State University

Esther Duke

Coordinator of Special Projects and Programs

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Colorado State University




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Journal of Park and Recreation Administration (JPRA) Call for Papers: Managing Protected Areas: Global Perspectives

Call for Paper

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Journal of Park and Recreation Administration (JPRA)

Special Issue: Managing Protected Areas: Global Perspectives
The establishment of Yellowstone National Park (the world’s first national park) in 1872 has been the foundation for the global protected area movement for biodiversity conservation. This legacy is evident with the significant global growth in the protected areas network which currently constitutes approximately 12% of the world’s land surface, but only about 1% for marine protected areas. The substantial growth in protected areas has occurred over the past three decades with considerable increase in developing countries. However, with expansion, the concept of protected areas has evolved beyond the traditional model of strict biodiversity conservation to incorporate improvement of local livelihoods.Protected areas are generally managed by government entities to safeguard the natural, ecological, and cultural values. However, this model of management has also diversified to incorporate alternate approaches such as co-managed protected areas, indigenous and community conserved areas, private protected areas, and so forth. Given the various types, multiple use, and management structures in protected areas, the need for effective management to meet respective objectives is critical. The challenges vary among different types and location of protected areas, as developing countries have a more pronounced requirement to engage and improve local community’s needs.Protected area management is complex as managers will need to find the optimal balance with respect to environmental, sociocultural, and economic issues within and adjacent to the management area. The three dimensions are not mutually exclusive as an integrated approach is preferred for contemporary protected area management. This call for papers invites conceptual and empirical research, case studies, and comparative analysis. Submission that details research, concepts, and practices relevant to current understanding and management of protected areas will be given priority. Also, given the JPRA audience, it is important that research implications should have relevance for managers of protected areas and policy makers. This special issue has been formulated to contribute to the discourse leading to the 6th International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress to be held in 2014. The IUCN World Parks Congress is the largest global forum on protected areas that is held once in every decade.

JPRA invites papers for a special edition entitled Managing Protected Areas: Global Perspectives. Submissions might include but not be limited to the following topics:

Manuscripts will need to follow the format instructions for the Journal of Park and Recreation Administrationand will undergo the normal blind review process with three reviewers. The deadline for submission of papers is November 1, 2012. The special edition is scheduled for publication in the third quarter issue of 2013. Papers should be submitted with a cover letter by email to:Brijesh Thapa, Ph.D.Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute

Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL 32611-8208, US



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WMS Trailblazer – January 2012

[Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) Updates]

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Trailblazer – January 2012
The WMS Staff would like to wish each of you a happy and healthy new year!Remember, we’re here for you. So, if there’s anything we can do to help you, please let us know.Loren Greenway | <a href=”mailto:teri | Jonna Barry | <a href=”mailto:jim

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Park City, Utah

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Eleventh Biennial Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium

We write to remind you that the Eleventh Biennial Coalition for Education in the Outdoors Research Symposium is just a month away. It will be held from January 13-15, 2012 at Indiana University’s Bradford Woods.

Registrations have been arriving daily, but it’s not too late. If you’ve been meaning to register, please do so. The registration information and preliminary schedule of events and papers are attached and also available at www.outdooredcoalition.org.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

· The symposium will include over 30 research presentations (see attached schedule) on various outcomes or aspects of outdoor programs conducted in school, camp, college, adventure, and other contexts. Many of these papers investigate program components underlying outcomes.

· We have structured time for participants to identify and discuss issues and challenges facing our field.

· Peg Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the American Camp Association and active participant in the No Child Left Inside Coalition, is the featured speaker on Friday evening. (See http://www.acacamps.org/about/pegsmith)

· Beyond the formal presentations, the symposium is a unique and ideal opportunity to interact with others in the field. The event attracts established and emerging scholars from a host of disciplines and leaders from professional associations and agencies. As such, it is a gathering of persons that would not occur at any other conference. The setting, the people, and the program make opportunities for meaningful conversation abundant. The CEO symposium has been the starting point for many long-lasting research and professional collaborations.

· The combined lodging, food and registration costs for the weekend range from $208 – $248, depending on the type of lodging selected.

Please join us again in January. You won’t be disappointed.


Karen Paisley Andy Young Sharon Todd

For the CEO Research Committee

The Coalition for Education in the Outdoors (CEO), established in 1987, is an educational service of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland. The CEO Research Committee includes:

M. Deborah Bialeschki, American Camp Association

Camille Bunting, Texas A&M*

Chris Cashel, University of Oklahoma*

Alan Ewert, Indiana University

Michael Gass, University of New Hampshire

Karla Henderson, North Carolina State University

Leo McAvoy, University of Minnesota*

Karen Paisley, University of Utah

Keith C. Russell, Western Washington University

Jim Sibthorp, University of Utah

Anderson Young, SUNY Cortland

*Emeritus Committee Members

CEO 2012 Reg Info.pdf

CEO Symposium SchedulePRELIMINARY.pdf

Staying Current

Legal Reasons Why You Should be at your Industry Conference

You also do not want to miss out on all the fun!

People attend conferences for numerous reasons. To see old friends, meet new friends or to save money. The money you can save by buying equipment at a conference will usually pay for the trip. However, many people miss a very and important reason for attending their industry conference. Attending could keep you from being sued. This is a hidden, but very important benefit of attending a conference that most people do not appreciate until they are sitting on the witness stand in a courtroom.

There are several defenses you can use in running your outdoor recreation business. Releases and Assumption of the Risk are the two biggest and the ones most frequently use. Both to some extent revolve around the question whether you met the “reasonable standard for the industry.” Reasonable is defined as what a reasonable person would do in the same situation. Standard is the level of safety or knowledge and practice of safety required Industry is the paddling business industry. The definition combines to create a safety requirement that is the absolute minimum that a reasonable person running an outdoor recreation business would do. Standards are not goals; however, falling below the standard will almost always guaranty a losing lawsuit or at least increasing the cost of winning one.

Standards are floating. It is not always the same for a state, region or the nation. The standard will also change based on the water level, the type of river you are on, the equipment you are using and in several cases the types of guests to whom you are marketing. A recreation business in a rural area with a slow mellow stream that market’s to local people may have a different standard then when on a stream with small rapids near a large city and marketing to the masses. As such, you need to meet other people who are applying the same standard in the industry that you are using. You may also need to converse with people who are applying higher standards. History shows that companies move up to meet the standards for better operations or operations with higher standards.

Standards are not made, written down or created in courtrooms. They are constantly changing and they can only be found in the eyes and actions of everyone else in the industry. In trials, expert witnesses are brought in to tell the jury what the standard of care in a particular situation should have been. These expert opinions are based on the knowledge of the accident and a broad knowledge of the industry. You need to maintain your knowledge level of the industry at the same level as the experts. You are required to know the standard of the industry and your standards when running any business.

“Why does attending a conference change the way I do business?” Because the only way you can find out about a change in the standards is by meeting and greeting other people in the industry. If you have not attended a conference in several years, you may not know that the majority of states now require Personal Flotation Devices‘ for children. Even though your state may not require them, the standard has changed. You may not be required by law to provide a PFD, however, the standard is that one will be required and as such you have dropped below what the reasonable person would do in your situation.

Without attending a conference and seeing what everyone else is doing, you will not stay current in the industry. As such, you are wearing a target on your back that says sue me. Only personal injury attorneys can see that target. But see it they will when someone is hurt at your business.

There are other reasons for attending the conference. Unless you have hired an attorney to stay current on the issues or a lobbyist, you may have missed a change in the law. Many laws are passed each year that do not make the news. Old laws may also change. A great example of that is how courts have interpreted laws in West Virginia and Colorado recently. Unless you attend a conference, you may not know how new or interpreted laws have changed over the past year. What was a defense to the horseback riding industry in Colorado is now a welcome mat for lawsuits.

New ways to promote safety show up at conferences. New ideas that one business develops in their program can be a great way to keep your guests safe. New equipment is debuted, with the plusses and minuses at conferences.

New ideas also change the legal environment. A new product by a manufacture showing at the Conference can quickly change the standard for an industry. A new design of boat, Personal Flotation Device or trailer may suddenly make your system a risky liability issue.

These changes will not only affect whether a guest can sue you for injuries but also whether your own employees can sue you. Lifting canoes to the top level of a trailer may cause worker’s compensation injuries. A new design that promotes employee health and welfare could save thousands in worker’s compensation benefits.

The final legal reason for attending a conference is the overall education you receive. Judges and juries look at witnesses and examine their credibility. People who are honest are the witnesses’ juries believe. Honesty is not just how you are on the stand when you are testifying, but how you ran your business. An honest and upstanding member of the business community is going to continually want to improve his business. Being a member of your professional organization and attending the yearly conferences shows a jury that you care enough about your business and your clients to spend the extra time and money to run your business the best way possible. If you are willing to show an interest in your clients by receiving the most up to date education, you must not be as bad as you are being portrayed by the opposing attorney.

Some insurance companies give discounts on premium for attending a conference. They know that the company that attends a conference is concerned about staying current with the industry and keeping their operation as top notch as possible. Companies that attend conferences and get the most possible from a conference are less likely to have accidents that cost insurance company’s money.

Go to this year’s Conference and increase your chances of not going to court!

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