Recreation Industry Leaders Complete Important Day of Policy Discussions with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Recreation Industry Leaders Complete Important Day of Policy Discussions with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2017) - Senior recreation industry corporate and trade association officials met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday, April 24, capping a full and encouraging day of discussions with Trump Administration officials. The meetings were organized by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) and began in Shenandoah National Park. Twelve hours later, the day’s discussions concluded in the office of the Secretary of the Interior in downtown Washington, DC.

Senior Administration Officials and Recreation Industry Leaders Discuss Recreation Expansion and Improvements

Senior Administration Officials and Recreation Industry Leaders Discuss Recreation Expansion and Improvements
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Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at Shenandoah National Park April 24 to discuss improving visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters. The meeting was hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) at Skyland Resort – operated by National Park concessioner Delaware North.

Recreation.gov Transition Underway

Recreation.gov Transition Underway

Recreation.gov is starting a new chapter. The multi-agency federal team overseeing the management of this valuable website – the provider of timely information about ways to enjoy America’s public lands and waters – has selected a new partner to take over operations in 2018. The new team is headed by Booz Allen Hamilton and includes NIC Inc., a member of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC).

Partners Outdoors 2017

Partners Outdoors 2017: The Exciting Future of Outdoor Recreation
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Partners Outdoors 2017 will bring partners from the public and private sectors together to unify and focus recreation community efforts on core issues and showcase innovation in thinking and action. Brainstorming, visioning and action will be expected of all participants, and the program will celebrate the start of Great Outdoors Month. The Washington, D.C., area will once again host the event. The program will be a joint undertaking of private sector interests, coordinated through the American Recreation Coalition, federal agencies coordinated through the Federal Recreation Council, and state park agencies coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors.

U.S. Senate Declares April 15-23 National Park Week with Bipartisan Show of Support

U.S. Senate Declares April 15-23 National Park Week with Bipartisan Show of Support

It’s official! Last night (April 5), the U.S. Senate – by unanimous consent -- declared April 15-23 National Park Week. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), respectively Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, led the effort to pass the resolution, which was co-sponsored by 34 other Senators from both sides of the aisle. The resolution “encourages the people of the United States and the world to visit and experience the treasured national parks of the United States.” The full resolution is here.

House Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and Environment to Hold Hearing on Visitor Experiences in National Parks

House Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and Environment to Hold Hearing on Visitor Experiences in National Parks

Visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters will be front and center on Capitol Hill next week. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment will hold a hearing Wednesday, April 5 on “Improving the Visitor Experience at National Parks.” The hearing will feature recreation leaders from the state and federal levels, as well as private-sector partners, including:

National Park Service Receives Gift from President Trump

National Park Service Receives Gift from President Trump

President Trump donated his first quarter salary to the National Park Service, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced Monday.

House Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and Environment to Hold Hearing on Visitor Experiences in National Parks

House Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and Environment to Hold Hearing on Visitor Experiences in National Parks

Visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters will be front and center on Capitol Hill next week. The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment will hold a hearing Wednesday, April 5 on “Improving the Visitor Experience at National Parks.” The hearing will feature recreation leaders from the state and federal levels, as well as private-sector partners, including:

Doctors and Parks Join Forces on National ParkRx Day

Doctors and Parks Join Forces on National ParkRx Day

Parks, communities and healthcare providers are joining forces across the country to celebrate the second annual National ParkRx Day (ParkRx Day) Sunday, April 23…and they want you to join!

2017 North American Camping Report Released by KOA

2017 North American Camping Report Released by KOA
The 2017 North American Camping Report is availablehere

BILLINGS, MT (March 15, 2017) – An estimated 13 million U.S. households plan to camp more in 2017 than they did in 2016, and more than 1 million new households have started camping each year since 2014. Millennials are driving this growth as they take to the outdoors in greater numbers, and they have no intention of letting up. This is according to the results of the 2017 North American Camping Report, an annual independent study supported by Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA).