American Recreation Coalition

I-GO: Key Senator Calls for New Commission on Americans Outdoors at Interior Confirmation Hearing

Key Senator Calls for New Commission on Americans Outdoors at Interior Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) called for a new Commission on Americans Outdoors during Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee January 17. “Will you use this opportunity to look ahead another generation and ask the question ‘What outdoor recreation opportunities will our children and grandchildren have?’” asked Sen. Alexander. “I think you’re in a wonderful position to do a follow-up to the Commission on Americans Outdoors. This is the 30th anniversary of that report; a generation has passed and it’s time for the next look.”

Secretary-designate Zinke expressed interest and stressed the importance of attracting millennials to their great outdoors, saying, “We have to look at new ways of incentivizing younger millennials to experience the parks, to experience the outdoors, to teach them the value of our public lands…In many cases, I would argue it’s better than being in front of a TV, watching video games.”

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.

I-GO: Key Senator Praises RTP at DOT Confirmation Hearing

I-GO: Key Senator Praises RTP at DOT Confirmation Hearing

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) was spotlighted January 11 at Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao’s confirmation hearing. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) praised the program during her time for questioning, saying, “Ok, so, now we go to snowmobiles, you know, gotta end good here. The Recreational Trails Program is extremely important. It funds off-highway vehicle, snowmobile, non-motorized trail uses. It’s one of these issues where we’ve actually had the cross-country skiers and the bicyclists working with the motorized vehicles. It derives its funding from gas taxes paid by off-highway vehicle users when they fill up their machines and I hope that you will work with us going forward on that issue as well. It’s maybe not the first thing you thought of when you got up this morning, but that’s been a very positive program for recreational use.” Secretary-designate Chao responded by saying she looks forward to working on the issue.

I-GO: 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.

The White River National Forest is reaping increasing revenues in fees from Aspen Skiing Co. and other ski-area operators that use public lands.

I-GO: LOW EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT FOUND IN FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES

Low Employee Engagement Found In Federal Land Management Agencies

Federal land and water management agencies lag behind many other government agencies – as well as the private sector – when it comes to employee satisfaction according to new “Best Places to Work” rankings. The National Park Service (NPS) in particular struggles with employee satisfaction, commitment and motivation, ranking 262nd out of 305 federal agencies despite the national celebration of its Centennial in 2016. NPS was the lowest-ranking of the principal federal agencies providing Americans with outdoor experiences.

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.”

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
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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: