Great Outdoors Week

ARC Announces Initial Beacon Award Winners

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Contact: Derrick Crandall

ARC ANNOUNCES INITIAL BEACON AWARD WINNERS

Washington, D.C. - The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) announced a new awards program – the Beacon Award – during Great Outdoors Week (June 6-10, 2005) to recognize innovative use of technology in visitor services and recreation management and awarded two inaugural Beacon Awards to efforts showcased at the Week’s Recreation Policy Forum. “We are delighted to honor teams from the Forest Service and the National Park Service who are showing us how much improvement technology can bring to enhancing visits to the Great Outdoors. In both cases, men and women with a passion for making the outdoors fun and safe – and for protecting our Great Outdoors – have applied technology to accomplish better results than traditional brochures and signs. And best of all, better communications can actually be more economical, too,” said ARC President Derrick Crandall.

ARC Salutes Legends Award Winners

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Contact: Derrick Crandall

ARC SALUTES LEGENDS AWARD WINNERS

Washington, D.C. - The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) presented its 2005 Legends Awards to seven outstanding federal managers at a special ceremony held during Great Outdoors Week (June 6-10, 2005). “These exceptional individuals have made important contributions to outdoor recreation all across the country,” said ARC President Derrick Crandall, “and we are honored to showcase them and their work today.” ARC presents its Legends Awards annually in recognition of the recipients’ successful efforts to enhance outdoor recreation facilities, resources and experiences. Honorees are nominated by seven federal agencies: USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Federal Highway Administration.

Recipients of the 2005 Legends Awards are:

  • Dave Killebrew, Recreation Planner on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona;
  • A. Durand Jones, Special Assistant to the Director of the National Park Service;
  • Ray Hanson, Outdoor Recreation Planner in the Bureau of Land Management’s Lander, Wyoming Field Office;
  • Jim Jensen, Landscape Architect in the Bureau of Reclamation’s Provo, Utah, Area Office;
  • Richard Gilbert, Manager of the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona;
  • Michael Miller, Chief of the Operations Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District; and
  • Janice Thompson, Civil Rights and Special Programs Coordinator for the Iowa Division of the Federal Highway Administration.

Great Outdoors Week 2005 Plans Announced

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Contact: Derrick Crandall

GREAT OUTDOORS WEEK 2005 WILL FOCUS ON PROPOSED RECREATION POLICY ACT AND NATIONAL RECREATION STRATEGY

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Washington, D.C. - Great Outdoors Week 2005 – June 5 -11 – will highlight efforts underway to enact a new national recreation policy act designed to enhance outdoor recreation’s contributions to Americans’ health and quality of life. The legislation also calls for a new National Recreation Strategy that responds to changing and growing demands for quality recreation on federally-managed lands and waters – areas that cover one-third of the nation’s surface.

Great Outdoors Week Recreation Exchange

GREAT OUTDOORS WEEK RECREATION EXCHANGE

Special Guest:

The Honorable Mike Johanns
Secretary of Agriculture

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 8, 2005; 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.

NOTE LOCATION!! PLACE: Patio, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jamie L. Whitten Building, please enter at 12th Ave. and Jefferson Drive, SW

COST: $50 per person for non-Recreation Exchange subscribers

RSVP: By noon on Friday, June 3 (202-682-9530 or rsvp@funoutdoors.com)

Great Outdoors Week Policy Forum

Please Join Us For

A Special Great Outdoors Week Listening Session on

The New America the Beautiful Pass and Proposed Recreation Advisory Committees

and

Great Outdoors Week's Recreation Policy Forum on Technology and Transportation

When: Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Time: American the Beautiful Pass Listening Session: 8:00 – 9:15 am
Recreation Policy Forum on Technology and Transportation: 9:30 – 11:15 am

Where: U.S. Department of the Interior
Room 5160 (Secretary’s Conference Room)
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

RSVP: RSVP@funoutdoors.com or call (202) 682-9530 by noon on June 6

President Proclaims June 2004 as Great Outdoors Month

PRESIDENT PROCLAIMS JUNE 2004
AS GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH

Washington, D.C. — June has been officially proclaimed Great Outdoors Month by President George W. Bush. In his proclamation, the President recalled the trek of Captains Lewis and Clark 200 years ago and the inspiring sights they recorded in their journals. He noted, “The splendor of the great outdoors continues to inspire our citizens, and a love of outdoor recreation remains a fundamental part of the American character. By observing Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate our commitment to appreciating and protecting our natural wealth.” He called upon all Americans to celebrate the month through participation in recreational activities.

Great Outdoors Week 2004 Hailed as a Great Success

GREAT OUTDOORS WEEK 2004 HAILED
AS A GREAT SUCCESS

Washington, D.C. - Hundreds of recreation community leaders participated in dozens of meetings and events during Great Outdoors Week 2004 and the result, according to American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall, was "outstanding progress on a wide range of key recreation initiatives and issues."

CRT 2004 Annual Achievement Award Winners

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Winners Announced for 2004 Annual Achievement Awards

Contact: Alicia Cunningham 202-296-4031

The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) has announced the winners of its sixth annual “Achievement Awards” in recognition of their outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The award winners will be recognized at a special ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 2004, during the celebration of "Great Outdoors Week."

TPIA June 10 Event At Roosevelt Island

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Take Pride in America June 10 Event At Roosevelt Island
Sponsored by ReserveAmerica

Washington, D.C. – Hundreds of recreation community leaders, District of Columbia youths and other volunteers will gather for a day of work and fun on Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac River on June 10. Their efforts will improve trails, remove litter and help control invasive vegetation on the 91-acre island – an unusual memorial to the visionary 26th U.S. president, an avid conservationist and recreationist. The event will be organized by the National Park Service and the American Recreation Coalition and is sponsored by ReserveAmerica, the Nation’s leading recreation reservation, campground management and tour/ticketing solutions provider.

ARC Salutes Legends Award Winners

ARC Salutes Legends Award Winners

Washington, D.C. - The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) presented its 2004 Legends Awards to seven outstanding federal managers at a special ceremony held during Great Outdoors Week (June 7-11, 2004). “These are truly extraordinary individuals,” said ARC President Derrick Crandall, “and we are honored to be able to introduce them to the recreation community at large today.” ARC presents its Legends Awards annually in recognition of the recipients’ successful efforts to enhance outdoor recreation facilities, resources and experiences. Honorees are nominated by seven federal agencies: USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Federal Highway Administration.