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Advocacy

AMGA’s credentialed guides are trained in public safety, stewardship and client enjoyment of our public lands. Guides enable members of the public to mitigate the inherent risks it requires to explore and understand the natural environment of the mountains. It is the purpose of the AMGA’s advocacy effort to persuade both land managers and our elected officials that AMGA credentialed guides and guide services provide a quantifiable level of professional risk management that should be the basis for permitting in the U.S.  Our specific goals are to:

  • Preserve existing guiding access across the United States.
  • Preserve existing venues and obtain new access for AMGA programs.
  • Open new opportunities for access for AMGA accredited businesses and certified guides.
  • Facilitate opportunities for international IFMGA guides to do business in the United States.
What We Do
  • The AMGA serves as an educational resource for land managers, both locally and nationally, promoting our credentialed guides as a critical resource in the delicate balance between preservation, understanding and enjoyment of the natural mountain environment.
  • The AMGA is actively involved in the land management public planning process. We write comment letters, attend public meetings, and provide input to land managers.
  • The AMGA advocates for guiding by communicating with our elected officials about relevant legislation, and items addressed in committee hearings.  We encourage our legislators to support the AMGA and promote credential-based access as an efficient risk management tool. We express our concerns about unfounded land management policies, and work to provide effective solutions.
  • The AMGA serves as a resource and expert in the mountain guiding profession at various conferences, such as: Stanford University’s Uncommon Dialogue on Commercial Outfitters and the Wilderness Act, Exit Strategies, and Sustainable Summits.
AMGA Accredited Businesses and the U.S. Permitting System

It is the AMGA’s goal to work within the existing paradigm to provide a credential, which directly addresses the largely business-related concerns of land managers, while still guaranteeing the high technical standards and excellent client care that is provided by individual AMGA certified guides.  The AMGA believes that the Accreditation Program provides such a credential.  When utilized properly by land managers, AMGA accreditation can be a tool for streamlining the permit application and management process.  Most importantly, it provides for proactive professional risk management that reduces the need for costly and cumbersome administrative solutions.

AMGA Credentialed Guides in Wilderness

Most mountain areas in the U.S. are in congressionally designated wilderness, and have specific regulations to maintain the natural, undeveloped character of the area.  Commercial services, including mountain guiding, may be permitted to the extent necessary to realize the purposes of wilderness.  The AMGA believes that the public should have the option of choosing to access the wilderness with a professional guide, provided that they are trained and credentialed to the industry standard.  If there is demand for guided services, then diverse opportunities should be made available in order to properly realize the recreational and educational public purposes of wilderness.  Professional guides are a partner for resource stewardship; not only do they recognize the inherent value of the land, but also it is essential to the continuation of the profession that they leave the absolute minimum impact on it.

For more information about any of our advocacy initiatives, please contact Scott Massey, Outreach and Advocacy Director, at advocacy.director@amga.com.