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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.

Unified Recreation Industry Offers Counsel to Commerce on ORSA

Unified Recreation Industry Offers Counsel to Commerce on ORSA

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) designed to facilitate a first-ever federal assessment of the economic importance of outdoor recreation to the nation’s economy. ORIR provided advice on the activities which comprise contemporary outdoor recreation with some additions reflecting likely growth areas in participation.

More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging The Administration to Keep the "Great" in Great Outdoors

More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging The Administration to Keep the "Great" in Great Outdoors

U.S. Forest Service Engages Youth With Discovery Agents Technology

U.S. Forest Service Engages Youth With Discovery Agents Technology

Discovery Agents, a leading educational technology platform, today announced the rollout of a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition. Kids, or "Agents," can now download the geo-triggered augmented reality (AR) app for free at 50 different forest sites.

Recreation Industry Leaders Complete Important Day of Policy Discussions with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Recreation Industry Leaders Complete Important Day of Policy Discussions with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Photo credit: Tami Heilemann

Senior recreation industry corporate and trade association officials met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday, April 24, capping a full and encouraging day of discussions with Trump Administration officials. The meetings were organized by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) and began in Shenandoah National Park. Twelve hours later, the day’s discussions concluded in the office of the Secretary of the Interior in downtown Washington, DC.

Senior Administration Officials and Recreation Industry Leaders Discuss Recreation Expansion and Improvements

Senior Administration Officials and Recreation Industry Leaders Discuss Recreation Expansion and Improvements

Recreation Leaders Meet at Skyland Resort

Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at Shenandoah National Park April 24 to discuss improving visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters. The meeting was hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) at Skyland Resort – operated by National Park concessioner Delaware North.

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.