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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.

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.

Outstanding Trail Projects and State Program Honored By the Coalition for Recreational Trails

Outstanding Trail Projects and State Program Honored By the Coalition for Recreational Trails

Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) with CRT Award Winners Jon Schweitzer and Kyle Roskam

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) presented 10 trail projects and a State Trail Program with its 2017 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards on June 14 at a special Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington, D.C. as part of the celebration of Great Outdoors Month®. The awards – named for former Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri, a long-time champion of the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – recognize outstanding use of RTP funds. RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund and represent a portion of the federal gasoline taxes paid for fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks. Since 1993, the RTP had funded more than 22,000 projects for both motorized and nonmotorized trail use.

USFWS Acting Director Jim Kurth Encourages Americans to Get Outdoors During Great Outdoors Month®

USFWS Acting Director Jim Kurth Encourages Americans to Get Outdoors During Great Outdoors Month®

USFWS Midwest Region Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley (left) and Acting Director Jim Kurth

The President has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month® – a nationwide celebration of the healthful and economic benefits offered by outdoor recreation on America’s lands and waters. Federal agencies manage hundreds of millions of acres that host millions of recreation visits all across the country each year, and those agencies are actively participating in Great Outdoors Month®!

Great Outdoors Month® 2017 In Full Swing!

Great Outdoors Month® 2017 In Full Swing!

Great Outdoors Month® is off to a fantastic start! Almost one million participants have already joined the yearly celebration by getting outdoors during the first two Great Outdoors Month® events – the National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks™ Day and the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. And the fun is just beginning!

President Trump Proclaims June Great Outdoors Month®!

President Trump Proclaims June Great Outdoors Month®!

It’s officially Great Outdoors Month®! President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month® – marking the 15th time a President has recognized the importance of the Great Outdoors with a Presidential proclamation. He is the third President to celebrate Great Outdoors Month® and the fifth to take action on either the Month or its predecessor, Great Outdoors Week. The proclamation, which was requested by more than two dozen organizations, encourages all Americans to get outdoors and enjoy healthy, active fun. Great Outdoors Month® features tens of thousands of diverse events – on land and water – in all 50 states, which will welcome millions to the Great Outdoors during June.