American Recreation Coalition

Zinke's Testimony Draws Support of ORIR

Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable
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January 17, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – 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.

Increased Revenues From Ski Areas Don't Benefit National Forests

Increased Revenues from Ski Areas Don't Benefit National Forests
This article was originally published 12/28/16 in The Aspen Times by Scott Condon. Click here for the original article.
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The White River National Forest is reaping increasing revenues in fees from Aspen Skiing Co. and other ski-area operators that use public lands.

Federal Agencies Announce Fee Free Days for 2017

Federal Agencies Announce Fee Free Days for 2017

Federal land and water management agencies have announced their fee-free days for 2017! The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will have no entrance fees on a combined 29 days, offering all Americans the opportunity to enjoy healthy, active outdoor fun on their public lands and waters. Most are linked to special holidays and events and there are often special offers by agency partners. Keep checking here as more and more partner events are announced. The 2017 fee-free days are:

NPS Concessioner Receives Major Kudos from City of Las Vegas

NPS Concessioner Receives Major Kudos from City of Las Vegas

Forever Resorts – a National Park Service concessioner – is getting well-deserved kudos from the City of Las Vegas! Local officials – including the mayor – praised Forever’s efforts supporting Get Outdoors Nevada Day (GON Day) saying, “Your generosity and efforts to support this free, fun, family-friendly event that highlights all Southern Nevada has to offer in recreation activities, education, volunteering and tourism deserve great accolades.”

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
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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:

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.

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:

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