AMC is Helping to Promote Sales of Fish & Game’s Hike Safe Card

Edith Tucker
Berlin Reporter
January 7, 2015


REGION — The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is publicizing the availability of New Hampshire Fish & Game’s voluntary “Hike Safe” card in a number of ways, according to Rob Burbank, AMC Director of Media and Public Affairs who works out of Pinkham Notch. AMC is helping to promote sales of Fish & Game’s Hike Safe card

AMC is promoting the Hike Safe card’s purchase — $25 a person or $35 for a family, good through the end of 2015 — through its membership magazine, “AMC Outdoors” and e-mails to members, postings on the “White Mountain Guide Online” and on social media, links on pre-stay lists routinely sent to registered guests at its lodges, backcountry huts and facilities, and on signs at AMC visitor centers in both Pinkham Notch and Crawford Notch.

“We have also extended the offer to NH F&G to run a public service extend ad in our magazine at no cost,” Burbank wrote in an e-mail exchange.  “As we revise our print guidebooks and maps for New Hampshire, we will include mentions of the card, just as we have publicized the Hike Safe program itself."

“And, yes, people can purchase the cards via our online kiosks at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and at the Highland Center in Bretton Woods at the top of Crawford Notch.”

AMC also has this “What’s New” blog post linked to its home page at outdoors.org: “Effective immediately, New Hampshire Fish and Game (NHFG) is selling annual voluntary “Hike Safe” cards to raise money for the Department’s search and rescue fund. Cardholders will not be held responsible for search and rescue costs if rescued due to negligence; they will still be charged if their actions are deemed reckless or intentional."

“The cost of the card, good from time of purchase through the end of the calendar year, is $25 for individuals and $35 for families. Cards may be purchased online at wildnh.com/safe."

“Anyone with a valid New Hampshire hunting or fishing license, or a current registration for an off-highway recreational vehicle, snowmobile or boat, is also exempt from repaying rescue costs due to negligence".

“AMC is working to make sure its members and guests are aware of the Hike Safe card as a voluntary way to support funding of search and rescue in New Hampshire."

“AMC sees the Hike Safe card as one tool in a broader effort to address New Hampshire Fish and Game’s overall funding challenges. The legislation establishing the registration card also re-established a commission to study the Department’s financial sustainability, especially in light of declining sales of fishing and hunting licenses, and that is an important step toward resolving Fish and Game’s funding issues.”

During the question-and-answer period of an 8 a.m. presentation on Dec. 23 made to Gov. Maggie Hassan and members of the Executive Council at F & G Hazen Drive headquarters, Col. Marty Garabedian touted AMC’s cooperative efforts, pointing out that the Department had met with AMC representatives a number of times in order to maximize the impact of the Club’s efforts.

 

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