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Recreation Groups Meet with NOAA to Discuss Building Awareness, Enjoyment of Sanctuaries

Recreation Groups Meet with NOAA to Discuss Building Awareness, Enjoyment of Sanctuaries

The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and other leading outdoor recreation groups interested in marine sanctuaries recently held meetings with top officials from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – including Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Director John Armor – to discuss building awareness of, and support for, great recreational opportunities offered by America’s marine sanctuaries.

Recreation by the Numbers: Federal Visitation and Economic Data

Recreation by the Numbers: Federal Visitation and Economic Data

America’s public lands and waters are some of our nation’s most treasured places. Together, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service generated about $375 million via entrance, camping and other fees alone – through the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) – on some one billion visits in 2016. And that’s not even taking into account the nation’s largest provider of recreation on public lands and waters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

AccessParks Combines Vison and Experience to Bring Wi-Fi to National Parks

AccessParks Combines Vison and Experience to Bring Wi-Fi to National Parks

AccessParks CEO Tim Rout at Partners Outdoors 2017

New Study Shows More Than 140 Million Americans Went Boating in 2016!

New Study Shows More Than 140 Million Americans Went Boating in 2016!

An estimated 142 million Americans went boating in 2016 – 36% of U.S. households – according to the 2016 Recreational Boating Participation Study released earlier this month by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and Discover Boating. Seventeen million Americans were first-time participants, and half of those first-timers were children.

Park Prescriptions Help South Dakotans Get Outdoors at Their State Parks

Park Prescriptions Help South Dakotans Get Outdoors at Their State Parks

A growing number of health professionals recognize active outdoor fun as an effective remedy to the health threat posed by Americans’ sedentary lifestyles. Doctors in South Dakota are putting this new remedy to work by prescribing a free day at any state park, recreation area, or nature area as part of the South Dakota Park Prescription Project!

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.