American Recreation Coalition

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:

    Discover the Power of Play This July During Park and Recreation Month

    Discover the Power of Play This July During Park and Recreation Month

    This July, during Park and Recreation Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) challenges everyone to get their play on with their local parks and recreation. Whether it’s summer camp, an adult sports league, exploring a trail, Zumba class, meeting friends on the playground, playing cards in the park or discovering nature – parks offer something fun for everyone.

    7th Annual "Kids to Parks Day" is Saturday, May 20, 2017

    7th Annual "Kids to Parks Day" is Saturday, May 20, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 8, 2017) -- Children, families and schools in communities across America will celebrate their local, state and national parks and public lands on Saturday, May 20th in commemoration of the 7th Annual Kids to Parks Day. National Park Trust estimates that nearly one million people will attend 1,000 park events across the country in what is fast becoming America's national day of outdoor play.

    2017 North American Camping Report Released by KOA

    2017 North American Camping Report Released by KOA
    The 2017 North American Camping Report is availablehere

    BILLINGS, MT (March 15, 2017) – An estimated 13 million U.S. households plan to camp more in 2017 than they did in 2016, and more than 1 million new households have started camping each year since 2014. Millennials are driving this growth as they take to the outdoors in greater numbers, and they have no intention of letting up. This is according to the results of the 2017 North American Camping Report, an annual independent study supported by Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA).

    Zinke's Testimony Draws Support of ORIR

    Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable
    This release is available as a PDF here

    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.
    Click here to see the 2015 FLREA Triennial Report.

    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
    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: