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News Release Coalition Outlines Principles Key to Reauthorization of FLREA

COALITION OF RECREATION, CONSERVATION AND TOURISM ORGANIZATIONS OUTLINES PRINCIPLES KEY TO REAUTHORIZATION OF FLREA

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Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2014) – A group of thirty-two national organizations outlined twelve consensus principles which would secure support for the reauthorization of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). The coalition explained its goals in a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop and Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation in conjunction with a hearing held on Friday, April 4.

News Release FLREA

RECREATION COMMUNITY URGES RECREATION ENHANCEMENT, NOT JUST FEES

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Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on reauthorization of legislation allowing federal agencies to collect and retain entrance and recreation fees. ARC told the Congress that recreationists supported fees but were concerned about the lack of focus on improvements in recreation experiences following the enactment of the 2004 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

News Release Great Outdoors Month 2014 Planning

PLANNING UNDER WAY FOR GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH 2014

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Washington, D.C. – Recreation community leaders have begun intense planning for Great Outdoors Month 2014 beginning with Memorial Day weekend on May 24-26 and ending with Independence Day on July 4, 2014.

Pillars of Great Outdoors Month include events ranging from National Trails Day® to National Fishing and Boating Week, from National GO (Get Outdoors) Day to Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day and the Great American Backyard Campout. Great Outdoors Month is officially proclaimed through proclamations issued by the President of the United States and all 50 state governors. The proclamations highlight the value of recreation to conservation causes while fostering appreciation of our American values and raising awareness of the economic importance of the $650+ billion in annual spending in countless communities across the United States, the role of recreation in boosting physical and mental health, and the value of the Great Outdoors to U.S. efforts to attract international tourists.

2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Selected to Receive 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will receive the 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award, the recreation community's most prestigious award, at a special celebration on September 10 in Washington, DC. The award was created in 1989 to honor the life-long efforts of Sheldon Coleman, whose engineering, marketing and advocacy talents made coolers, lanterns and tents bearing his name ubiquitous on America's public lands. The Senator chaired the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors (PCAO) on which Mr. Coleman served, making this year's honor especially noteworthy.

News Release Governors Celebrate Outdoor Activities

Governors Celebrate Great Outdoors Activities and Benefits

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Washington, D.C. – The nation’s 50 governors united in proclaiming June as Great Outdoors Month once again in 2013, showing that fun outdoors successfully bridges the nation’s political and regional divisions. This was the third time every governor in the nation took action for Great Outdoors Month. In many states, this was the seventh annual proclamation. The Governor of the Virgin Islands and the Mayor of the District Columbia also issued proclamations.

News Release Great Outdoors Month Proclamations

President, Governors Proclaim June as Great Outdoors Month

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Washington, D.C. – The President of the United States was joined this year by each of the 50 state governors in proclaiming June as Great Outdoors Month. In many states this was the seventh consecutive year such a proclamation has been issued. Presidential recognition of the Great Outdoors through proclamations began in the 1990’s. The proclamations celebrate the shared legacy of Americans in our Great Outdoors and the important health, economic and social benefits derived from time in the outdoors.

Newsrelease NPS Director Jarvis Outlines Agency Challenges

National Park Service Director Outlines Agency Challenges – and Solutions

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Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) welcomed Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, as its special guest speaker at the Great Outdoors Week Recreation Exchange. The Exchange was hosted jointly by ARC and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Director Jarvis’s remarks covered a number of key topics, including: the challenges currently facing the National Park Service; the agency’s upcoming Centennial in 2016; and new agency initiatives.

News Release Senator Lamar Alexander Receives 2013 Coleman Award

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Receives 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will receive the 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award, the recreation community's most prestigious award, at a special Great Outdoors Week celebration on June 5. The award was created in 1989 to honor the life-long efforts of Sheldon Coleman, whose engineering, marketing and advocacy talents made coolers, lanterns and tents bearing his name ubiquitous on America's public lands. The Senator chaired the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors (PCAO) on which Mr. Coleman served, making this year's honor especially noteworthy.

News Release Legends Awards 2013

ARC Recognizes 2013 Legends Award Winners

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Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) will present its 2013 Legends Awards to six federal managers in recognition of their outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. The awards will be presented on June 4, 2013, during Great Outdoors Week – ARC’s celebration of the value and importance of outdoor recreation. Initiated by ARC in 1991, the Legends Award program calls on federal agencies to nominate an individual whose extraordinary personal efforts have made a real difference in enhancing outdoor recreation programs and resources. The 2013 Legends Award recipients represent the Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service, agencies together hosting more than a billion recreation visits annually. Winners of the 2013 Legends Awards are: Tony Brady, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Marcia Butorac, Bureau of Land Management; Rachel Garren, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Stan Hinatsu, U.S. Forest Service; David LaRoche, Federal Highway Administration; and Jerry Willis, National Park Service.

News Release Beacon Awards 2013

2013 Beacon Award Winners Demonstrate Use of Technology to Enhance Recreation at Federal Sites

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Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has selected six federal programs and efforts as recipients of the 2013 Beacon Awards, which recognize outstanding efforts by federal agencies and partners in harnessing the power of technology to improve public recreation experiences and federal recreation program management. Beacon Awards were first presented by the American Recreation Coalition in 2005. Nominations are made by federal agencies and are judged against the award criteria – which are: