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Great Outdoors Month® 2017: A Great Success!

Great Outdoors Month® 2017: A Great Success!

Recreation Industry Leaders Thank Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr., Suggest Continued Partnership

Recreation Industry Leaders Thank Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr., Suggest Continued Partnership

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) expressed its appreciation to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr. for meeting with recreation industry leaders on July 27. Secretary Ross and ORIR members met to discuss how outdoor recreation can expand and document its already sizable impact on the American economy.

U.S. Senate Acts Unanimously on Great Outdoors Month®!

U.S. Senate Acts Unanimously on Great Outdoors Month®!

The U.S. Senate has unanimously designated June 2017 “Great Outdoors Month!” Action on Senate Resolution 199 was delayed beyond June by contentious debate over issues like healthcare, but active outdoor fun on America’s public lands and waters continues to enjoy bipartisan support. The resolution was introduced by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), and was cosponsored by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). Read the full resolution here.

Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participation

Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participation

Outdoor recreation and its impact on the American economy took center stage at the U.S. Department of Commerce on July 27. Members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other administration officials to discuss outdoor recreation’s importance to the American economy, how increased partnerships can grow jobs, and how trade agreements impact the outdoor recreation industry.

David Bernhardt Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Interior by U.S. Senate

David Bernhardt Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Interior by U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate voted 53-43 on July 24 to confirm David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Deputy Secretary serves as the Department’s Chief Operating Officer. Bernhardt has previously held several senior positions at Interior, including Solicitor, the Department’s third-ranking position, following unanimous Senate confirmation in 2006.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Touts Increased Partnerships, Celebrates American-Made Products

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Touts Increased Partnerships, Celebrates American-Made Products

Photo credit: Tami Heilemann

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2017) – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other senior federal officials met with representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at the U.S. Department of the Interior today to discuss how the use of public-private partnerships can help improve visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters.

Secretary Zinke Releases Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds

Secretary Zinke Releases Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds

(L to R) BoatUS Government Affairs Program Coordinator Morgan Neuhoff, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, BoatUS Vice President Public Affairs Scott Croft, and BoatUS Vice President Membership Heather Lougheed

YORKTOWN, Va., July 7, 2017 – In a ceremony held today in Yorktown, Virginia, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke shared a $14.7 million check with Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Vice President Heather Lougheed, who accepted on behalf of America’s recreational boaters. The amount represents 2017-18 funding for the federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (B.I.G.) program, which funnels user taxes paid by boaters to develop transient boating projects. The Secretary and BoatUS also urged municipal marinas, private marinas and boat and yacht clubs to consider applying for available funds by the Sept. 11, 2017 deadline.

All 50 Governors Join the President to Celebrate the Outdoors by Proclaiming June 2017 Great Outdoors Month®

All 50 Governors Join the President to Celebrate the Outdoors by Proclaiming June 2017 Great Outdoors Month®

The final Great Outdoors Month® proclamation is here! For the eighth straight year, the President and all 50 state governors have celebrated the economic, social and healthful benefits of active outdoor fun for individual states and for the country as a whole. The proclamations recognize the efforts of public and private partners to connect Americans with their great outdoors through Great Outdoors Month® events and more. They highlight recreation opportunities available in state parks, as well as on federal lands and waters. And an increasing number of proclamations specifically applaud cornerstone Great Outdoors Month® events like Kids to Parks Day, National Trails Day, National Fishing & Boating Week, National Get Outdoors Day, the Great American Campout and more! Many of the proclamations also highlight efforts to introduce people to close-to-home fun outdoors. Thank you to the President and to our nation’s Governors for their leadership in encouraging Americans to get outdoors and have fun!

Discover the Power of Play This July During Park and Recreation Month

Discover the Power of Play This July During Park and Recreation Month

Great Outdoors Month® may be coming to an end, but the fun just keeps on going. Discover the power of play this July during Park and Recreation Month! Whether it’s hiking, swimming, hitting the basketball court, or taking kids to the playground, parks offer healthy, active outdoor fun for everyone.

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.