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Key Senator Praises RTP at DOT Confirmation Hearing

Key Senator Praises RTP at DOT Confirmation Hearing

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) was spotlighted January 11 at Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao’s confirmation hearing. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) praised the program during her time for questioning, saying, “Ok, so, now we go to snowmobiles, you know, gotta end good here. The Recreational Trails Program is extremely important. It funds off-highway vehicle, snowmobile, non-motorized trail uses. It’s one of these issues where we’ve actually had the cross-country skiers and the bicyclists working with the motorized vehicles. It derives its funding from gas taxes paid by off-highway vehicle users when they fill up their machines and I hope that you will work with us going forward on that issue as well. It’s maybe not the first thing you thought of when you got up this morning, but that’s been a very positive program for recreational use.” Secretary-designate Chao responded by saying she looks forward to working on the issue.

Low Employee Engagement Found In Federal Land Management Agencies

Low Employee Engagement Found In Federal Land Management Agencies

Federal land and water management agencies lag behind many other government agencies – as well as the private sector – when it comes to employee satisfaction according to new “Best Places to Work” rankings. The National Park Service (NPS) in particular struggles with employee satisfaction, commitment and motivation, ranking 262nd out of 305 federal agencies despite the national celebration of its Centennial in 2016. NPS was the lowest-ranking of the principal federal agencies providing Americans with outdoor experiences.

Senate Unanimously Passes Outdoor REC Act

Senate Unanimously Passes Outdoor REC Act

In an early holiday gift to the outdoor recreation community, the U.S. Senate unanimously and without amendment passed the Outdoor REC Act! The bill was led by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) with a total of 15 cosponsors. The bill unanimously passed the House November 14, where it was sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and received bipartisan support, with 13 Republican and 12 Democrat cosponsors.

Voters in Alabama, Missouri Vote to Preserve Park Funding

Voters in Alabama, Missouri Vote to Support Park Funding

Voters went to the polls this week to decide a number of issues, and in Missouri and Alabama, voters overwhelmingly voted to protect and maintain park funding.

Georgia, RBFF Successful in Retaining First-Time License Buyers

Georgia, RBFF Successful in Retaining First-Time License Buyers
Source: RBFF Newswaves

While millions of individuals take up fishing each year (6.2 million in 2015), roughly just as many leave the sport for various reasons. To combat this trend and retain first-time fishing license purchasers, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Georgia Wildlife Resources Division partnered on a New Angler Retention Pilot Program. Through the year-long program, the organizations were able to measure the impact of email communication on a new angler's purchase of a license the following year.

Changes to NPS Fees and Operations Can Provide New, and Sustainable Funding

Changes to NPS Fees and Operations Can Provide New, and Sustainable Funding

The National Park Service (NPS) has an extraordinary opportunity to make changes to how maintenance and visitor services are funded by adopting contemporary financial strategies that would ensure national parks remain relevant, accessible and sustainable long into the future. January 2017 will bring a new Administration and Congress changes – offering a perfect time to consider recommendations from three long-time park advocates and partners.

RBFF and U.S. Forest System Enter Historic Cooperative Agreement

Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and U.S. Forest Service Enter Historic Cooperative Agreement
By Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced Tuesday it has entered into a new cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Through the agreement, the Forest Service will help provide funding for the Take Me Fishing campaign while RBFF will promote the available fishing opportunities on or near U.S. Forest Service lands.

Urban Every Kid in a Park Event Draws Virginia Governor & Member of Congress

Urban Every Kid in a Park Event Draws Virginia Governor & Member of Congress

Alexandria, VA– The Trust for the George Washington Memorial Parkway (Trust), will engage the next generation in an Every Kid in the Park event on Friday, September 23rd from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 75 Lyles Crouch Elementary School 4th grade students will come to Jones Point Park to participate in a morning of fishing, boating, and conservation activities to connect them to their local parks and the Potomac River. The Trust’s STEM on the Potomac educational program will also bring TC Williams High School STEM Academy 11th grade students will join as mentors for the 4th grade students.

Recreation Leaders Address NASPD Conference

Recreation Leaders Address NASPD Conference

A trio of recreation community leaders - ARC President Derrick Crandall, NMMA VP for State Government Relations David Dickerson and RVDA President Phil Ingrassia - addressed the National Association of State Park Directors 2016 Conference in French Lick, Indiana last week. The mood was upbeat, and no wonder - state parks are reporting that visitation is up. Virginia has an especially good story to tell with almost one million visitors - through July 31 - than the same time last year! State parks continue to be one of the best opportunities for healthy, active outdoor fun on public lands and waters across the country. See their presentation here. For more state park facts, click here.

Park Rx: A Three Part Webinar Series

Park Rx
Creating and Strengthening Park Prescription Programs: A Three-Part Webinar Series

The National ParkRx Initiative is excited to announce a series of free webinars that will explore some of the most important elements for successful park prescription programs.

Learn how to create, improve and promote your own park prescription program while hearing real-world examples of how organizations incorporated the National ParkRx Initiative into their work.

Each webinar will draw on case studies and best practices from expert medical doctors, park professionals and public health officials in the ParkRx movement.