News Releases

Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Applauds Confirmation of Interior Secretary Zinke

Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Applauds Confirmation of Interior Secretary Zinke
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Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2017) – The United States Senate today confirmed U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) as the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior by a 68-31 vote of bipartisan support. His confirmation drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR), which strongly backed his nomination.

National Park Service Centennial Act Signed Into Law

National Park Service Centennial Act Signed Into Law
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Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2016) – A bipartisan effort by the U.S. Congress to help the National Park Service meet the challenges of its second century of stewardship reached a long-awaited and successful conclusion on December 16, when President Barack Obama signed the National Park Service Centennial Act into law. The legislation provides the agency with new resources that will help it engage the country’s growing and diverse population with their public lands and waters, embrace new technologies and address a $12 billion maintenance backlog.

Concessioners Help Visitors Contribute to National Parks

Concessioners Help Visitors Contribute to National Parks
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Washington, D.C. (December 2, 2016) - National park visitors are making important gifts to many of America’s most iconic destinations through the National Park Service’s Guest Donation program! Donations of just one dollar per stay at America’s national park lodges and other overnight facilities generated more than $1 million in 2015, and are nearing $1 million in 2016, according to park concessioners and the National Park Foundation. The funds are available for use within the collecting park by qualifying non-profit groups. Eligible uses include restoration projects, trail maintenance, expanded visitor services and more.

I-GO: It's Time for Doctors to Prescribe Outdoor Therapy

I-GO: It's Time for Doctors to Prescribe Outdoor Therapy
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ARC, Agents of Discovery and Forest Service Bring Interactive Gaming to the Great Outdoors

ARC, Agents of Discovery and Forest Service Bring Interactive Gaming to the Great Outdoors
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Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2016) - Interactive, mobile gaming is coming to America’s national forests! The American Recreation Coalition (ARC), Agents of Discovery and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are teaming up to bring educational, movement-based interactive gaming to dozens of national forest sites across the country.

2016 Beacon Awards

2016 BEACON AWARD WINNERS APPLY TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE RECREATION IN AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS
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Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2016) - Five federal efforts have won Beacon Awards in 2016 from the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) for outstanding successes in harnessing the power of technology to improve public recreation experiences and federal recreation program management. Winners were selected from efforts of four federal agencies. 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:

The American Recreation Coalition and the US Forest Service are Teaming Up to Use Mobile Gaming Technology to Get Kids Outdoors

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming June 13, 2016: As an exciting wrap up to this year's Great Outdoors Western Campout in Jackson, WY, the U.S. Forest Service is pleased to announce the launch of the Discovery Agents mobile game at Bridger-Teton National Forest. On Tuesday, June 14 at the Snow King Resort, 18 western governors will join families with fourth graders and grab their mobile devices to step into an exciting world of outdoor exploration through virtual reality and geo-located challenges.

Great Outdoors Western Campout Aids Governors' Efforts Boosting Outdoor Fun

GREAT OUTDOORS WESTERN CAMPOUT AIDS GOVERNORS’ EFFORTS BOOSTING OUTDOOR FUN
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Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2016) – Families with 4th graders from across the western United States will meet in Grand Teton National Park for the first-ever Great Outdoors Western Campout and enjoy a high dose of healthy, active outdoor fun. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, who also chairs the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) – in cooperation with the Great Outdoors Month® Partnership – will host the families June 10-15 in and around Jackson, Wyoming. The event will celebrate Great Outdoors Month® and the National Park Service Centennial, as well as coincide with the WGA summer meeting, where the social and economic impact of outdoor recreation will be a major topic.

Recreation Community Expresses Support for Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account

RECREATION COMMUNITY SUPPORTS OUTDOOR RECREATION SATELLITE ACCOUNT (ORSA)
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Washington, DC (April 28, 2016) – Leading members of the recreation community recently applauded U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s announcement of the creation of a pilot Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) to assess the economic significance of outdoor recreation. The account will be a joint action between the Federal Recreation Council and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

National Park Campgrounds of the Future Will Be Focus of Wyoming Meeting

NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS OF THE FUTURE WILL BE FOCUS OF WYOMING MEETING
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Washington, D.C. - Camping in America’s national parks and at other federal recreation sites has created indelible memories for generations of Americans. Yet as the nation’s demography and lifestyles change, overnight stays in our parks and other federal lands have declined even as sales of outdoor equipment and recreation vehicles have grown. Top recreation leaders from the public and private sectors will meet during Great Outdoors Month® to discuss ways to sustain the role of these campgrounds as a gateway to life-long experiences in the outdoors.

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