Recreation Exchange

Recreation Exchange Hosts Three Office of Management and Budget Examiners

(Washington, D.C.) - The February 2006 Recreation Exchange featured three key Office of Management and Budget (OMB) staff involved in outdoor recreation. Craig Crutchfield, who oversees National Park Service (NPS) issues, Ben Burnett, Budget Examiner for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Jim Mietus, who works on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) matters, shared insights on OMB’s budget and oversight responsibilities and suggested strategies for recreation program successes in the appropriations process. To read the full report, Click Here.

Joel Holtrop, Deputy Chief, USDA Forest Service Addresses January Recreation Exchange

(Washington, D.C.) - Joel Holtrop, Deputy Chief, National Forest System, USDA Forest Service, addressed recreation community leaders at the January 2006 Recreation Exchange. Since March 2005, he has overseen the management of 192 million acres of National Forest System land and all the programs and policies for the National Forests and Grasslands throughout the United States. Mr. Holtrop noted that Forest Service’s 100-year anniversary in 2005 was both an opportunity to remember past successes and a time to devise strategies for keeping the Forest Service relevant over the next 100 years. Central to this goal is an understanding that the Americans the Forest Service serves today are very different from national forest visitors of the past whom, he said, were largely white, middle class and lived in rural areas close to the forest.

Department of Transportation Official Labels Recreation as Key Transportation Issue - Highlights SAFETEA-LU Policy Successes

Washington, D.C. - Tyler Duvall, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the Department of Transportation, told recreation community leaders at the October Recreation Exchange that recreation is a vital aspect of federal transportation policy and applauded key policy advances made through SAFETEA-LU, the omnibus transportation bill signed by President Bush in August 2005. Mr. Duvall told the group that although most public attention had focused on the near $300-billion funding aspects of the legislation, the new law contains policy advances in safety and innovative financing and creates two commissions to address the future role of the federal government in transportation and how this role will be funded: the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission (12 members), and the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission (15 members).

Interior Official Sheds Light On Park Policy Review Uproar

Paul Hoffman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Department of the Interior, told a group of recreation community leaders that the uproar over a first draft of revisions to National Park Service Management Policies was misguided and unfortunate. Mr. Hoffman authored a draft document revising the National Park Service’s Management Policies 2001, the policy guidance for park managers nationally, but emphasized that the draft was an internal document which was in the process of review and revision by senior agency personnel when it was leaked to media and environmental organizations. Subsequently, the draft has been the topic of stories and editorials in the New York Times , the Los Angeles Times and other publications. His comments came at the American Recreation Coalition’s September Recreation Exchange.

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)

May Recreation Exchange

MAY 2005 RECREATION EXCHANGE

Special Guest:

The Honorable Kathleen Clarke


Director, Bureau of Land Management

DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 19th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PLACE: Old Ebbitt Grill (Cabinet Room)
675 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

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

RSVP: By noon on Tuesday, May 17th (202)-682-9530 or rsvp@funoutdoors.com

April Recreation Exchange

APRIL 2005 RECREATION EXCHANGE

Special Guest:

The Honorable Greg Walden


Chairman, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health
Committee on Resources, U.S. House of Representatives

DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 14, 2005, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
**Note Special Time. Breakfast will be Served**

PLACE: Room 1537, Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

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

RSVP: By noon on Monday, April 11 (202-682-9530) or rsvp@funoutdoors.com

March Recreation Exchange

MARCH 2005 RECREATION EXCHANGE

Special Guest:

Marcus Peacock
Associate Director, Natural Resources
Office of Management and Budget

DATE/TIME: Thursday, March 10, 2005, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PLACE: Old Ebbitt Grill (Cabinet Room)
675 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

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

RSVP: By noon on Tuesday, March 8 (202-682-9530) or rsvp@funoutdoors.com

February 2005 Recreation Exchange

FEBRUARY 2005 RECREATION EXCHANGE

Special Guest:

Marti Allbight
Executive Director, Take Pride in America
U.S. Department of the Interior

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, February 23, 2005, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PLACE: Old Ebbitt Grill (Cabinet Room)
675 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

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

RSVP: By noon on Tuesday, February 22 (202-682-9530) or rsvp@funoutdoors.com

January 2005 Recreation Exchange

JANUARY 2005 RECREATION EXCHANGE

Special Guest:

Lynn Scarlett
Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget
U.S. Department of the Interior

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PLACE: Old Ebbitt Grill (Cabinet Room)
675 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

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

RSVP: By noon on Friday, January 7th 202-682-9530 or rsvp@funoutdoors.com