ORIR Submits Testimony to Key Congressional Committees

ORIR Submits Testimony to Key Congressional Committees

Republicans, Democrats, business leaders, unions – and voters – all agree that the nation’s infrastructure needs modernization and expansion. While details are still in the discussion stage, especially how to pay for expanded infrastructure investments, the nation’s outdoor recreation leadership is gearing up its campaign to ensure that the definition of public infrastructure includes the roads, trails and facilities Americans need to enjoy the Great Outdoors and that the new infrastructure push extends well beyond urban road tolling.

ARC President Derrick Crandall Receives The Corps Network’s 2017 Champion Award

ARC President Derrick Crandall Receives The Corps Network’s 2017 Champion Award

The Corps Network (TCN) honored American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall with its 2017 Champion Award this morning (February 15) at the annual Corps Network Awards Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The Champion Award, The Corps Network’s highest honor, recognized Mr. Crandall for his continued support for service and conservation corps and their efforts to bolster the outdoor economy and recreation opportunities.

NPS Concessioner Delaware North Offers Great Visitor Experiences at Kennedy Space Center

NPS Concessioner Delaware North Offers Great Visitor Experiences at Kennedy Space Center

You can enjoy a world-class visitor experience at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida thanks to the work of concessioner Delaware North, which operates the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. From “Fly With an Astronaut” and rocket launch viewings to astronaut encounters and much more, visitors receive an up-close, hands-on feel for the incredible story of humans in space.

The Greatest American Roadtrip

The Greatest American Road Trip

America's national parks are made up of 84 million acres of the most stunning landscapes anyone has ever seen. In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial. To celebrate this momentous occasion, award-winning National Geographic photographer Jonathan Irish and writer Stefanie Payne hit the road with an Airstream trailer in tow to visit all 59 national parks in 52 weeks. Together, they created incredible photos, videos, articles and more celebrating the natural wonder of our public lands and waters.

How One Foundation Got Kids Interested in Skiing - With Its Own Ski Park

How One Foundation Got Kids Interested in Skiing - With Its Own Ski Park
This article was originally published 1/26/17 in "Associations Now" by Ernie Smith. Click here for the original story.

In the three winters that the National Winter Activity Center has been active, the National Winter Sports Education Foundation’s “living lab” has helped drive a massive interest in the slopes among New York City-area kids. Here’s how.

Increased Revenues from Ski Areas Bypass National Forests

Increased Revenues from Ski Areas Bypass National Forests

Colorado ski areas are enjoying a record year, but the national forests where they operate aren’t sharing the rewards. Here’s a good example, recently documented by The Aspen Times. The 11 ski resorts on the White River National Forest paid $20 million in government fees in fiscal 2016 – about $4 million more than the hosting forest’s entire budget – but all that money went to the U.S. Treasury instead of the forest. So did winter permit fees from other ski areas in national forests – an estimated $35 million in 2016.

Rec Trails Program Celebrates 25 Years

Recreational Trails Program Celebrates 25 Years

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – a landmark achievement of federal transportation legislation – is turning 25! And there is much to celebrate. The RTP has funded 22,000 trail projects all across the country, benefiting millions of diverse trail users – hikers and bikers, equestrians and snowmobilers, OHVers and paddlers, cross-country skiers, four-wheel drivers and more. States continue to add miles of trails as well as needed maintenance and improvements through grants to local project sponsors each year.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to Give Holiday Gift to State's Trail System

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to Give Holiday Gift to State's Trail System

Missouri’s award-winning trail system is about to get a major addition! On December 10, Governor Jay Nixon – 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award winner – will cut the ribbon on a 47.5-mile trail connecting Kansas City with Missouri’s world-renowned Katy Trail, giving hikers and bikers an uninterrupted path of almost 300 miles across the state to the St. Louis area. The new section of trail will follow an old railroad corridor.

Fourth Graders Get Free Christmas Trees on National Forests

Fourth Graders Get Free Christmas Trees on National Forests

As your family gathers for Thanksgiving, use the time to make plans for a family experience to be ready for the next holiday celebration. Go cut your own Christmas tree! More than 150 national forests cover nearly 190 million acres of our nation. Under the Every Kid in a Park program, every fourth grader is entitled to a free Christmas tree permit, in addition to a free annual pass allowing entry into national parks and more! Fourth graders just need to show their Every Kid in a Park pass – available online at everykidinapark.gov – at a U.S. Forest Service office near you. If there isn’t a fourth grader in your family, it’s ok. A national forest tree cutting permit costs only five dollars! So make this year’s tree gathering a great family outing.

Key Senator Calls for New Commission on Americans Outdoors at Interior Confirmation Hearing

Key Senator Calls for New Commission on Americans Outdoors at Interior Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called for a new Commission on Americans Outdoors during Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee January 17. “Will you use this opportunity to look ahead another generation and ask the question ‘What outdoor recreation opportunities will our children and grandchildren have?’” asked Sen. Alexander. “I think you’re in a wonderful position to do a follow-up to the Commission on Americans Outdoors. This is the 30th anniversary of that report; a generation has passed and it’s time for the next look.”

Secretary-designate Zinke expressed interest and stressed the importance of attracting millennials to their great outdoors, saying, “We have to look at new ways of incentivizing younger millennials to experience the parks, to experience the outdoors, to teach them the value of our public lands…In many cases, I would argue it’s better than being in front of a TV, watching video games.”