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Six Governors Already Proclaim June 2018 Great Outdoors Month®!

Six Governors Already Proclaim June 2018 Great Outdoors Month®!

Great Outdoors Month® is coming! Spring is still five days away and six governors have already proclaimed June 2018 as Great Outdoors Month®! Governors Bill Walker (Alaska), Kim Reynolds (Iowa), Rick Snyder (Michigan), Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania), Bill Haslam (Tennessee) and Gary Herbert (Utah) have issued proclamations recognizing the important economic and healthful benefits of outdoor recreation and urging their residents to enjoy time in the Great Outdoors. We expect the remaining governors and the President to join in this celebration in the coming weeks and months. Help amplify the Governors’ efforts by downloading the state proclamations and sharing them throughout your communications channels! Visit www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org/proclamations to view, download and share each of the attractive and unique 2018 proclamations – and check back again soon for additional postings!

ORIR Calls for Immediate Action on Wildfire Fighting Costs

ORIR Calls for Immediate Action on Wildfire Fighting Costs

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) has expressed its strong support for the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, legislation introduced in 2017 in both the United States Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. In a January 17 letter to House and Senate leadership – as well as other key Members of Congress and administration officials – ORIR urged the nation’s leaders to reform the federal funding formula for wildfire suppression, saying, “Using 10-year average suppression costs for budgeting constrains non-suppression federal agency efforts...[and] jeopardizes public lands recreation programs vital to our segment of the US economy.”

Great Outdoors Month® Council Adopts New Leadership, Multi-Year Goals

Great Outdoors Month® Council Adopts New Leadership, Multi-Year Goals

The Great Outdoors Month® Council is proud to announce new leadership for 2018! At a January 10 meeting held at the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Council members approved a new Executive Committee dedicated to making 2018 the biggest and best Great Outdoors Month® yet! Executive Committee members are:

Wounded Veterans Find Healing at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Wounded Veterans Find Healing at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

The National Park Service (NPS), park concessioners and other partners teamed up with wounded veterans to preserve the nation’s culture and history at Lake Mead National Recreation Area November 7-9 and, at the same time, help wounded veterans find relief from physical and psychological pain.

Act Now to Shape NPS Policy on Peak Season Fees and More

Act Now to Shape NPS Policy on Peak Season Fees and More

Time is running out to submit comments on the proposed peak period fee initiative at 17 popular national parks.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Get Outdoors with Fee Free Days!

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Get Outdoors with Fee Free Days!

Make a New Year’s resolution to get outdoors! And here’s an easy way to get started – just take advantage of the 15 combined fee-free days offered by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service in 2018. Most fee-free days are linked to holidays and special events, and often have special offers by agency partners.

Recreation and Conservation Leaders Host Congressional Briefing on Disaster Recovery Needs

Recreation and Conservation Leaders Host Congressional Briefing on Disaster Recovery Needs

Hurricane damage at Virgin Islands National Park

Disaster recovery on America’s public lands and waters was the focus of a joint briefing on Capitol Hill December 5.  Officials from recreation and conservation organizations, including The Corps Network, National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA), and National Parks Conservation Association briefed Congressional staffers and public and private partners on natural resource recovery needs in national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and other public lands systems in the wake of a devastating year of hurricanes, drought, wildfires and other natural disasters.  We were delighted that key Administration officials including Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech attended and joined in the conversations about restoring communities and recreation services, not just the lands.

New Survey Finds Teens Spend Only One Hour Outdoors Per School Day

New Survey Finds Teens Spend Only One Hour Outdoors Per School Day

On a typical school day, teenagers spend just one hour outdoors, according to a new survey from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). The survey uncovers critical insights into how teens interact with the environment in today’s technology-driven world. It finds that although most teens (80 percent) say they prefer to spend time indoors, they overwhelmingly recognize that time outdoors makes them healthier (92 percent) and happier (88 percent). The survey sheds light on those to whom teens turn for environmental education, noting that parents and educators are trusted sources for information about the environment. However, the survey also highlights the need for both groups to do more since only 62 percent of teens feel knowledgeable about the environment and even fewer (42 percent) care about its protection.

ORIR Leaders Meet with USDA Under Secretary, Find Partnership and Better Infrastructure Messages Welcomed

ORIR Leaders Meet with USDA Under Secretary, Find Partnership and Better Infrastructure Messages Welcomed

A delegation of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) organization leaders delivered a blend of praise and challenges to the USDA’s Acting Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, Dan Jiron, and a key group of department officials on November 21. The ORIR group underscored the importance of national forests to many recreational activities and the world-class experiences provided to anglers and skiers, hikers and campers, boaters and motorized trail enthusiasts. The group also noted that many forest recreation sites rely on outdated and inadequate infrastructure. They told the Under Secretary that partnerships in recreation experiences are key to long-term capacity and quality.

Fourth Graders Eligible for Free Christmas Trees on National Forests

Fourth Graders Eligible for Free Christmas Trees on National Forests

Thanksgiving is here, and that means Christmas is right around the corner!  Make plans for a great family experience – cutting your own Christmas tree on a national forest!   The U.S. Forest Service has a special program that allows fourth graders with an Every Kid in a Park pass obtain a free Christmas tree permit while supplies last.  Fourth graders just need to show their pass – available online at www.everykidinapark.gov – at a U.S. Forest Service office near you.  If there isn’t a fourth grader in your family, it’s ok – you’re still eligible to buy a national forest tree cutting permit, just contact your nearby national forest!  So make this year’s tree gathering a great family outing on your national forests.