Register Now for Tour Operators, Guides & Outfitters Trainings 

Travel Oregon is hosting two trainings for tour operators, guides and outfitters (TOGO) this spring: TOGO 101 in Bend, for new operators currently developing or refining their business offerings and TOGO 201 in Corvallis, for established operations looking to take their business to the next level. Registration is required.  
More details about the content of each training and how to register is available here:
We also offer one-on-one technical guidance for how to navigate the permitting process and other components related to running a tour operator, guide or outfitter business. If interested, complete the request form. Once received, you will be contacted directly to discuss your individual needs and help answer your questions.
Photo by Justin Myers

Willamette River Recreation Studio: April-May

Travel Oregon, in partnership with the Willamette Valley Visitors Association and a local steering committee, will offer a workshop series this spring in the Willamette River area between Springfield and Milwaukie. This River Recreation Studio program is designed to help identify actionable opportunities and develop priority strategies to enhance the river recreation experience in a manageable and sustainable way.  
This program is specifically designed for community leaders, public officials, tourism agencies, land managers, regulatory agencies, economic development organizations, conservation groups, tour operators, guides, outfitters, lodging property owners, river and outdoor recreation enthusiasts within the Willamette River area. Community members from towns directly connected to the Willamette River who are interested in improving the local economy and river experience are invited to participate.  
Community input sessions will be hosted at locations across the Willamette Valley between April 14-23 followed by a region-wide summit on May 19.
Photo by Sionnie Lafollette

New Recreation Permits and Changes to Fees in 2020

Beginning this year, there will be six new permits and fee increases across the state for recreational activities. As of Jan. 1, anyone operating a non-motorized boat more than 10-feet long in any boatable waterway must purchase a $5 per week waterway access permit. The permit is also available for $17 annually or $30 every two years. Permits are issued through the Oregon Marine Board.
The U.S. Forest Service is rolling out a Central Cascades Wilderness Permits system in 2020 to limit entry to Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington wilderness areas. Details are still being released and more information can be found on the U.S. Forest Service website.  
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has also released new license, tag and permit fee information for 2020 on their website

Society of Outdoor Professionals (SORP) Winter Webinar Series

In advance of the National Outdoor Recreation Conference, to be held April 27-30 in Knoxville, Tennessee, SORP is hosting a winter webinar series that taps into the conference theme: "Outdoors for All: Advancing Stewardship, Equity, and Wellness in Outdoor Recreation.” All webinars are scheduled for one hour and will begin at 11 a.m.
Information about upcoming webinars and previous webinars in the series is available at
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