Recreation Exchange

November 2004 Recreation Exchange

NOVEMBER 2004 RECREATION EXCHANGE

Special Guest:

Fran Mainella
Director, National Park Service

DATE/TIME: Monday, November 22, 2004, 12:00 noon – 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 close of business on Thursday, November 18 202-682-9530 or rsvp@funoutdoors.com )

Interior Department Solicitor Meets with Recreation Community

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Contact: Derrick Crandall

Interior Department Solicitor Meets with Recreation Community

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s newly named Solicitor recently met with recreation community leaders at the American Recreation Coalition’s July Recreation Exchange. Sue Ellen Wooldridge was named to her position by President Bush effective June 1, 2004. As head of the office that is responsible for providing legal advice to the Secretary of the Interior and to the Interior Department’s agencies and offices, she was frank about the challenges inherent in formulating a unified legal position for a department that contains such disparate entities as the Fish and Wildlife Service, with its threatened and endangered species role, and the Bureau of Reclamation, which is largely responsible for generating power and delivering water to agricultural customers.

July 2004 Recreation Exchange Announcement

JULY 2004 RECREATION EXCHANGE

Special Guest:

Sue Ellen Wooldridge
Solicitor, Department of the Interior

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 20, 2004, 12:00 noon – 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 COB on Friday, July 16 (202-682-9530 or erin@funoutdoors.com )

Leading Member of Congress Calls for Changes in Federal Resource Policies

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Richard Pombo (R - CA), Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources, sharply criticized several of the country’s resource-related laws and policies during remarks at the American Recreation Coalition’s June Recreation Exchange. Mr. Pombo faulted legislation that had been passed by the Congress to protect land areas and endangered species for its significant social costs. He also criticized the federal land-management agencies for their fee programs and funding priorities.

FHWA Administrator Offers Reauthorization Preview

Washington, D.C. — The Bush Administration will focus on improving the safety and efficiency of the country's transportation system in the next round of transportation legislation according to a key federal official. Speaking at the American Recreation Coalition's Recreation Exchange, Mary Peters, the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), reported that although the Administration's transportation reauthorization proposal had not yet been released, most decisions regarding it had already been made. She explained that the proposal would include a greater emphasis on reducing crashes as well as a focus on consolidating and streamlining transportation projects. In addition, Ms. Peters noted the Administration's interest in increasing the flexibility given to states and localities on transportation matters.

Interior Deputy Secretary Reviews Policy Plans

Washington, D.C. — Deputy Secretary of the Interior Steve Griles discussed Interior Department policy plans for 2003 during a recent appearance at the American Recreation Coalition’s (ARC) Recreation Exchange. His comments covered the Bush Administration’s move to privatize some governmental functions, recreation-related concessions and permits, endangered species, and the management of resources, including fee receipts.