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Ticketmaster given forest reservation monopoly

Today's announcement marks a black day for those millions of
Americans who've long loved lands that were wild and free. Today's
announcement represents a major win for those who favor the Corporate
Takeover of Nature and the Disneyfication of the Wild.
From:  ssilver@wildwilderness.org
Subject: News Release - Ticketmaster given forest reservation monopoly
Date: August 9, 2004 4:18:54 PM PDT
To:  ssilver@wildwilderness.org

The appended news release issued by the corporate owners of Ticketmaster
marks another milestone in the privatization of public lands. And as you
would expect, the American Recreation Coalition is once again, right in the
middle of it. When you read their new release be aware that ReserveAmerica's
Brock Weatherup is a member of ARC's Recreation Roundtable, a cabal of 25 or
so recreation and tourism industry executives. The Recreation Roundtable is
today the single most powerful force shaping recreation policy upon
America's federally managed public lands. www.funoutdoors.com/recroundtable

The Recreation One Stop campaign has been a multi-year effort spearheaded by
the ARC. Its mission has been to further commodify outdoor recreation and
gain a private-sector monopoly wherein the private sector becomes the
gatekeeper to public land access. Understand that virtually anything you
might ever want to do on public lands will, in the very near future, be
subject to permits, user-fees and reservations --- all of which will be
available through this Ticketmaster company and for all of which a hefty
additional service charge fee will be levied. Understand that the mere fact
that something can be reserved ---in-and-of-itself--- creates a commodity
where none existed. And finally understand that reservation systems favor
the wealthy, take the spontaneity out of vacation travel and ensure that our
nation's public lands will become increasingly commercialized and
privatized. Today's announcement marks a black day for those millions of
Americans who've long loved lands that were wild and free. Today's
announcement represents a major win for those who favor the Corporate
Takeover of Nature and the Disneyfication of the Wild.

Scott

PS... a similar new release can be read at ARC's homepage
www.funoutdoors.com


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Aug. 9, 2004

ReserveAmerica Awarded the National Recreation Reservation Service
(NRRS(TM)) Contract

America's Leading Recreation Reservation Service to Make
'Recreation One-Stop' a Reality, Establishing a Central Service
for Planning Trips to America's Beautiful Public Lands

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- ReserveAmerica, the
United States' leading outdoor recreation reservation and
campground management solutions provider, today announced it was
awarded the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS(TM))
contract. The NRRS(TM) contract integrates what were previously
two separate recreation-related reservation systems, the National
Park Reservation Service (NPRS) and the National Recreation
Reservation Service (NRRS). The NRRS contract, positioned as
'Recreation One-Stop," will consist of all the federal recreation
agencies including but not limited to the National Park Service,
USDA Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land
Management and Bureau of Reclamation, among other government
agencies. ReserveAmerica has processed and managed over 189
million dollars in use fees for the NRRS since 1997, while
achieving a rating of 'exceeding expectations' from 98% of
surveyed consumers using the ReserveAmerica provided system and
services.

"This contract award recognizes ReserveAmerica's proven
capability to deliver exceptional consumer satisfaction levels and
state-of-the-art technological solutions for management of
campgrounds and ticketing of historic sites. On behalf of our
employees across America, from Ballston Spa, NY to Rancho Cordova,
CA, I would like to welcome the participating government agencies
in the Recreation One-Stop initiative, and further convey our
continuing commitment to providing both the Federal agencies and
the American public, with a service that continues to exceed
expectations," remarked Brock Weatherup, President of
ReserveAmerica. "With our recent launch of ORMS, America's
state-of-the-art recreation reservation platform, and as we manage
record levels of online reservations, ReserveAmerica looks forward
to the next 10 years of leading the industry with technology
innovations and successful partnerships with the NRRS
participating federal agencies."

"This is a great day for outdoor recreation in America! The
enhanced NRRS Recreation One-Stop will provide a valuable service
to the public, making it easier for millions of Americans to
discover and capitalize on the diverse range of opportunities
found on lands covering one-third of the nation -- the lands and
waters that belong to us all," said Derrick Crandall, President of
the American Recreation Coalition. "We applaud the Departments of
Agriculture, the Interior and the Army for working together to
unify all of these offerings into a single system and inviting top
companies to develop the technology and communications tools
needed. We have great confidence in the selected company,
ReserveAmerica, which has successfully managed the precursor
system since 1997 with outstanding customer satisfaction and a
commitment to innovation. ReserveAmerica is an excellent choice
to make Recreation One-Stop's potential a reality."

ReserveAmerica has successfully managed more than 25 million
reservations from 1984 to 2004, with 3.5 million reservations
processed by ReserveAmerica in 2003. Roughly 485 million dollars
in recreation use fees have been processed and delivered to
ReserveAmerica's State and Federal agency partners during the past
20 years of industry leadership. ReserveAmerica led the camping
industry to the Internet by processing America's first online
camping reservation in September 1997.

"The NRRS contract will expand ReserveAmerica's business and
create a significant number of new jobs at our core offices
located in Ballston Spa, NY, Madison, WI and Rancho Cordova, CA,"
said Annette Hatch, Director of Federal Partnerships for
ReserveAmerica. "Currently employing more than 800 staff in our
five U.S. data and call centers, we are proud to have the phone
calls and systems supporting America's beautiful public lands
handled by our experienced and dedicated employees."

To help manage and facilitate the more than 3 million
reservations and reservations management needs for more than
150,000 campsites each year, ReserveAmerica employs more than 800
full and part-time staff in its 5 US based offices in California,
Wisconsin, Texas, New York and Florida and one office in Ontario.

About ReserveAmerica
ReserveAmerica is North America's leading camping reservation
and campground management solutions provider. ReserveAmerica
specializes in complete reservations solutions, stand-alone call
center/database management tools, online reservations solutions
and park software solutions. The Company manages the largest
reservable campsite inventory with partnerships throughout North
America. ReserveAmerica is a subsidiary of InterActiveCorp
(Nasdaq: IACI).

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Scott Silver
Wild Wilderness
248 NW Wilmington Ave.
Bend, OR 97701

phone: 541-385-5261
e-mail:  ssilver@wildwilderness.org
Internet:  http://www.wildwilderness.org

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... 10.Aug.2004 15:25

this thing here

>found on lands covering one-third of the nation -- the lands and
waters that belong to us all," said Derrick Crandall, President of
the American Recreation Coalition.<... to us all for a price, thanks to this shit.

i wonder if someone can tell me if this corporation, in an effort to completely capture the market and make more profit, will try to set up user fees for campsites that were always free? what's to stop them?


and now for something completely different...

... i love how these fuckers talk, all that goddamn run-on bussinessspeak and acronym laden jargon that makes them sound ridiculous rather than professional.

this is what that language destroying shit sounds like to me when i read it. knock yourself out:

Recreation reservation and campground management solutions provider, the National Recreation NRRS Reservation Service (NRRS(TM) contract, separate recreation-related reservation systems. The National Park Reservation Service (NPRS), the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS). Positioned as 'Recreation One-Stop,' North America's leading camping reservation and campground management solutions provider, employing more than 800 staff in our five U.S. data and call centers, has proven capability to deliver exceptional consumer satisfaction levels and state-of-the-art technological solutions for management of campgrounds and ticketing of historic sites, which has successfully managed the precursor system.

"With our recent launch of ORMS (NRRS), America's state-of-the-art recreation reservation platform, and as we manage record levels of online reservations, ReserveAmerica (ORMS) looks forward to the next 10 years of leading the industry with technology innovations and successful partnerships with the NRRS (NPRS) participating federal agencies (NRRS(TM)," remarked Brock Weatherup, President of
ReserveAmerica ORMSNRRSNPRSNRRS(TM).