Great Outdoors Week

Secretary Gale Norton Wins Sheldon Coleman Award

Secretary of the Interior Wins
Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

Washington, D.C. - The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) will present the sixteenth annual Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community’s most prestigious award – to Gale A. Norton, Secretary of the Interior. The award will be presented on June 8, 2004 as part of the celebration of Great Outdoors Week 2004. Every year since 1989, ARC has presented this award to an individual whose personal efforts have contributed substantially to enhancing outdoor experiences in America. The award was established in memory of Sheldon Coleman (1901-1988), longtime Chairman of The Coleman Company and a visionary champion of outdoor recreation and conservation. Winners are selected by a panel of recreation and conservation leaders from both the private and public sectors.

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Great Outdoors Week 2004 Will Celebrate Recreation's Contributions to Health, Quality of Life

Washington, D.C. - Great Outdoors Week 2004 - June 7-11 - will highlight the invaluable contributions active outdoor recreation makes to Americans' health and quality of life. It will also highlight the central role of the nation's magnificent parks, forests, refuges and other protected lands - public lands covering one in three acres of the nation - in providing diverse and accessible recreation opportunities enjoyed by Americans during more than one billion visits annually.

ARC Recognizes Outstanding Federal Managers

Washington, D.C. — The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) presented its 2003 Legends Awards to nine federal managers in recognition of their outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. The awards were presented on June 11, 2003 during Great Outdoors Week – ARC’s celebration of the value and importance of outdoor recreation. Initiated by ARC in 1991, the Legends Award program involves seven federal agencies: USDA Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Federal Highway Administration. Each agency nominates an individual whose extraordinary personal efforts have made a real difference in enhancing outdoor recreation programs and resources. This year, two additional representatives from the USDA Forest Service and Corps of Engineers were recognized for their interagency partnership efforts.

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta Receives 2003 Great Outdoors Award

Washington, D.C. — Norman Y. Mineta, United States Secretary of Transportation, is the recipient of the 15th Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award, the national recreation community’s highest honor. The Great Outdoors Award will be presented on Tuesday evening, June 10, at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the entrance to the Arlington National Cemetery. The presentation is a key feature of Great Outdoors Week 2003 – June 9 -13 – which highlights the partnerships that enable outdoor recreation to contribute to the nation’s health and quality of life and the efforts of individuals whose vision has established and protected the nation’s magnificent parks, forests, refuges and other protected lands.