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FY2018 Budget Must Support Outdoor Recreation

FY2018 Budget Must Support Outdoor Recreation

(Washington, DC – June 23) America’s Great Outdoors is vital to the quality of life for most Americans and key to the nation’s $887 billion per year outdoor recreation industry. The federal government manages nearly one-third of the nation’s surface area, making it integral to the health of an industry that supports some 7.6 million jobs. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) urges support for federal outdoor recreation programs in the FY2018 budget now being crafted by the Congress.

Great Outdoors Month® Recognized on U.S. Senate Floor

Great Outdoors Month® Recognized on U.S. Senate Floor

Great Outdoors Month® is heading into its final weekend with more momentum than ever! President Trump proclaimed June Great Outdoors Month, joining all 50 states in recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation at the local, state and federal levels. And those voices are now joined by the United States Senate!

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Stresses Public Lands’ Infrastructure Needs During Congressional Budget Hearing

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Stresses Public Lands’ Infrastructure Needs During Congressional Budget Hearing

America’s public lands and waters were front and center on Capitol Hill June 22 as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testified before the full House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources regarding the Department of the Interior’s FY2018 budget.

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).

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!

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.