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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.

Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks

TRAILBLAZING: 100 Years of our National Parks

Did you know that a village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon eats most of its mail? Or that one of America’s newest national park units was once so secret it used multiple undercover addresses? Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks, a two-year temporary exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, chronicles these and numerous other intersections between the mail and our national parks. Featuring original postage stamp art from the United States Postal Service and artifacts loaned by the National Park Service, Trailblazing explores the myriad and sometimes surprising ways that mail moves to, through, and from our national parks.

Interior and Agriculture Departments Sign Unprecedented MOU with Fishing and Boating Industry

Interior and Agriculture Departments Sign Unprecedented MOU with Fishing and Boating Industry

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), American Sportfishing Association (ASA), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) October 30.  The unprecedented MOU – signed just after Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke declared October as National Hunting and Fishing Month – will expand cooperation for planning and implementing projects and activities to promote recreational fishing and boating conducted on public lands and waters.

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.

Great Outdoors Month® Hits Halfway Mark at Full Speed!

Great Outdoors Month® Hits Halfway Mark at Full Speed!

We’re officially halfway through Great Outdoors Month®! For the 15th year, the President has declared June as Great Outdoors Month®, with President Trump becoming the third president to do so. He is joined by all 50 governors in celebrating the healthful and economic benefits of active fun on America’s lands and waters. View and download the proclamations at greatoutdoorsmonth.org/proclamations. President Trump even retweeted a message from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke celebrating the Presidential Proclamation!

Great Outdoors Month 2017 Will Be Most Important Ever

Great Outdoors Month 2017 Will Be Most Important Ever

Organizations across the country are preparing to celebrate June as Great Outdoors Month 2017! 2016 was the most successful Great Outdoors Month in history. Two signature events (Partners Outdoors 2016 and the GO West Campout), 17 Capital and Governor’s Campouts, thousands of partner events across the country and more helped introduce millions of Americans to healthy, active fun outdoors on their public lands and waters. Proclamations from the President and all 50 Governors recognized the economic and healthful importance of outdoor recreation to their states and the entire country.

Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Urges Action on Zinke Nomination

Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Urges Action on Zinke Nomination

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) February 13 urged Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to promptly bring Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s nomination to the Senate floor and support his confirmation, saying “The Department needs active policy leadership as soon as possible.”

Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke's Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundta

Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke's Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable

Declaring himself “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt,” Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke testified January 17 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is considering his nomination to serve as the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior. His remarks drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, which supports Zinke’s nomination.

Resolved: Use Fee Free Days to Enjoy the Outdoors in 2017

Resolved: Use Fee Free Days to Enjoy the Outdoors in 2017

Here’s a great idea for 2017! Make a New Year’s resolution to take advantage of fee-free days to enjoy our magnificent national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and more! The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will all waive their entrance fees on select dates in 2017, offering all Americans the opportunity to enjoy healthy, active outdoor fun on their public lands and waters. Most fee-free days, starting with Martin Luther King Day on January 16th, are linked to special holidays and events. Plus there are often special offers from agency partners to make your visits even more enjoyable.