American Recreation Coalition

Senate Unanimously Passes Outdoor REC Act

Senate Unanimously Passes Outdoor REC Act

In an early holiday gift to the outdoor recreation community, the U.S. Senate unanimously and without amendment passed the Outdoor REC Act! The bill was led by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) with a total of 15 cosponsors. The bill unanimously passed the House November 14, where it was sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and received bipartisan support, with 13 Republican and 12 Democrat cosponsors.

National Park Service Announces 2017 Fee Free Days

National Park Service Announces 2017 Fee Free Days

The ten entrance fee-free days for 2017 will be:

Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2017

Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2017
Read the full report here

Outdoor recreation contributes $650 billion to the American economy, and supports tens of millions of jobs. According to ARC’s new report: Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2017, those numbers are only expected to grow. Most components of the recreation industry reported significant gains in 2016 and the general outlook for the industry in 2017 is optimistic. Key items from the report include:

Changes to NPS Fees and Operations Can Provide New, and Sustainable Funding

Changes to NPS Fees and Operations Can Provide New, and Sustainable Funding

The National Park Service (NPS) has an extraordinary opportunity to make changes to how maintenance and visitor services are funded by adopting contemporary financial strategies that would ensure national parks remain relevant, accessible and sustainable long into the future. January 2017 will bring a new Administration and Congress changes – offering a perfect time to consider recommendations from three long-time park advocates and partners.

RBFF and U.S. Forest System Enter Historic Cooperative Agreement

Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and U.S. Forest Service Enter Historic Cooperative Agreement
By Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced Tuesday it has entered into a new cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Through the agreement, the Forest Service will help provide funding for the Take Me Fishing campaign while RBFF will promote the available fishing opportunities on or near U.S. Forest Service lands.

Forest Service Aims to Revamp Special Use Permit Process to Encourage, Enable More Access to Public Lands

Forest Service Aims to Revamp Special Use Permit Process to Encourage, Enable More Access to Public Lands
Originally published by Jason Blevins in the Denver Post, this story can be found as a PDF here

The U.S. Forest Service is scheming a historic shift from a century of strict regulation focused on controlling and limiting access toward a new mission that encourages more Americans to more safely explore public lands.

Urban Every Kid in a Park Event Draws Virginia Governor & Member of Congress

Urban Every Kid in a Park Event Draws Virginia Governor & Member of Congress

Alexandria, VA– The Trust for the George Washington Memorial Parkway (Trust), will engage the next generation in an Every Kid in the Park event on Friday, September 23rd from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 75 Lyles Crouch Elementary School 4th grade students will come to Jones Point Park to participate in a morning of fishing, boating, and conservation activities to connect them to their local parks and the Potomac River. The Trust’s STEM on the Potomac educational program will also bring TC Williams High School STEM Academy 11th grade students will join as mentors for the 4th grade students.

Chasing Digital Creatures is Old News to US Forest Service

Chasing Digital Creatures is Old News to U.S. Forest Service - Discovery Agents turns augmented reality mobile gaming into education

Washington DC - A year before augmented reality arrived on the scene, the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) had embraced the power and allure of technology to get kids moving and learning. The agency’s leadership recognized that lifestyles and family preferences are evolving rapidly and as a result, methods for engaging kids outdoors must also adapt. To capture the imagination of today’s youth and families, they partnered with Discovery Agents to customize an augmented reality game as dynamic as the huge and diverse national forest system. The Discovery Agents mobile game, available for both Apple and Android devices, is allowing families to explore and learn during hundreds of millions of visits annually.

Sec. Jewell Applauds President’s Designation of Maine's North Woods

Secretary Jewell Applauds President’s Designation of the First National Monument to Preserve Landscape, History & Culture of Maine’s North Woods
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument Permanently Protects Mountains, Forests & Waters of North-Central Maine, Builds on Robust Tradition of Growing National Park System through Private Philanthropy

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today applauded President Obama’s designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, the first national monument to preserve the landscape and honor the history and culture of Maine’s North Woods. The President’s use of the Antiquities Act to make this designation permanently protects 87,500 acres of lands donated to the National Park Service earlier this week by the Elliottsville Plantation, Inc., (EPI), including the East Branch of the Penobscot River and its tributaries, one of the most pristine watersheds in the Northeast.

Boating Industry's 2016 "State of the Industry" Webinar

The state of the boating industry is good. That’s the message from Boating Industry’s “2016 State of the Boating Industry” webinar. According to the report, powerboat sales are up 5 - 7%, and when you include sales of Personal Watercraft, sales are up 9%. While sales are not yet back to pre-recession levels, boat sales have been steadily growing for four years, and at least two more years of solid growth is projected. The industry continues to struggle with an aging population, but efforts are underway to try and reverse this trend.

Watch the full webinar:

Download the slides here.