October 2017 Issues Briefing

Fall 2017 Recreation Issues Briefing

The American Recreation Coalition held its Fall Recreation Issues Briefing Monday, October 16. The meeting was a great opportunity for members of the recreation industry to spend time with people who are shaping the future of outdoor recreation on America’s public lands and waters, including:

  • Scott Anderson, Senior Director of Communications for the National Park Foundation
  • Charles Cooper, Executive Vice President of Signal Group
  • Megan Foster, AAA’s Director of Federal Relations
  • Mike Fullerton, Brand USA’s Director of Public Affairs
  • Dan Jiron, Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Bill McGrath, former Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee’s Interior, Energy and Environment Subcommittee
  • Cody Stewart, Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee
  • Leslie Weldon, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Forest Service
  • Todd Willens, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
  • ARC also provided several informative handouts:

  • 2017 FLREA Infographic
  • 2018 Outdoor Recreation Outlook
  • Community Disaster Letter to Administration
  • Community Disaster Letter to Congress
  • FLREA Summary
  • National Parks Need Investment from Private Companies to Thrive
  • New Guidance for Forest Service Campground Permits
  • RTP Infographic
  • Other handouts:

  • Program
  • Speaker Bios
  • Primary topics included:

  • Infrastructure: A reality? What's likely for recreation?
  • Fees and Partnerships: Will needs prompt action?
  • Communications and Promotion Programs: With the Centennial behind us, will agency outreach to visitors fade out?