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TN - Proposed Rules for Commercial Outfitters

Thursday, December 6, 2018  
Posted by: Chris Stec
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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), recently posted proposed rules for official public comment regarding commercial outfitters for non-motorized paddlecraft on Tennessee waters, which includes lakes and rivers that do not already have existing rules in place, such as the Nolichucky and Ocoee Rivers.


The ACA wrote to ACA members in Tennessee in early October to make you aware that the rulemaking process was underway. In addition, the ACA wrote a letter to Assistant TWRA Director, Chris Richardson, requesting the formation of an advisory board including representatives of the commercial outfitting industry. The TWRA was transparent, and responded with the formation of an advisory board that met twice starting in late October. The advisory board helped form the current proposed rules.

First and foremost, the ACA is working to ensure that its membership in Tennessee is included in any process, on any governmental level, related to rulemaking regarding paddlesports. It is vital that the paddling community has a seat at the table when it comes to the formation and implementation of rules related to paddling. As your ACA Public Policy Chief, I recently met with Senator Lamar Alexander’s office in Washington D.C. to express our concern about rulemaking on the state level that might ultimately impede the public’s ability to access Tennessee state waters, and that may potentially make it more difficult for small liveries and outfitters in Tennessee to operate their business and thrive economically.


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