News Releases

Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2015

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Washington, D.C. (October 23, 2014) – Outdoor recreation leaders report good sales and activities for 2014 and expectations of still stronger activity in 2015, according to a new report from the American Recreation Coalition, Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2015. Americans spend more than $650 billion annually on equipment ranging from skis and tents to RVs and boats and on services ranging from fishing licenses to whitewater outings, supporting millions of jobs in manufacturing, sales and service. Though the 2008 recession hurt, especially in sales of new equipment, 2014 brought strong recovery. And technology in the outdoors is blossoming, bringing lighter and stronger skis and bikes and new electronic devices, like hand-held GPS units and digital cameras, adding to outdoor fun.

News Release GO Day Fights Obesity

NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY USES FUN TO FIGHT OBESITY

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Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2014) - Tens of thousands of American youth discovered that it can be fun to be healthy at National Get Outdoors Day events in June. Youth spend nearly eight hours a day in front of a screen, and America faces a health crisis as a result. Sedentary lifestyles are prompting an obesity epidemic that means today’s kids may live shorter lives than their parents. Growing numbers of healthcare professionals now tout outdoor, active fun as a remedy to these trends.

News Release Great American Backyard Campout

GREAT AMERICAN BACKYARD CAMPOUT WILL CAP GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH SUCCESSES

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Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2014) -- Millions of Americans have responded to calls by the President, all 50 governors, the medical community and more to have fun this June in America’s Great Outdoors. They have enjoyed free fishing days and worked on trails, learned about new outdoor apps and been treated to free boat rides. One more great opportunity for active outdoor fun is coming up on Saturday, June 28 – the Great American Backyard Campout, coordinated by the National Wildlife Federation.

News Release FICOR Holds Forum at Partners Outdoors 2014

PARTNERS OUTDOORS 2014 BECOMES FORUM FOR FICOR PRIORITY ISSUES

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Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2014) - Partners in Stewardship Through Volunteers and 21st Century CSC – a featured part of the third day of Partners Outdoors 2014 – offered an exciting view of efforts underway and proposed for greatly expanding the role of conservation service corps and volunteers on public lands and waters. The two-hour session was developed by the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR), the coordinating body of directors of agencies that manage Federal outdoor recreation facilities, lands and waters.

News Release Call For Clearer Invitation to Great Outdoors

OUTDOOR CHAMPIONS OF COLOR CALL FOR CLEARER INVITATION AND BETTER FRONT-COUNTRY VISITOR SERVICES

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Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2014) - AHosting All Americans in Their Great Outdoors@ was the theme that sparked the most passionate and inspired discussions at Partners Outdoors 2014, held this year at the U.S. Department of the Interior during Great Outdoors Month. The discussions were designed to move well beyond recognition that federal recreation sites receive low levels of visits from Americans of color and focus how barriers could be eliminated and greater visitation encouraged.

New Release President & Governors Proclaim Great Outdoors Month

GOVERNORS JOIN PRESIDENT OBAMA IN PROCLAIMING JUNE 2014 AS GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH

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Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2014) - President Barack Obama, the Governors of every state and the Mayor of the District of Columbia have all proclaimed June 2014 as Great Outdoors Month. Great Outdoors Month is a bipartisan celebration of America's abundant and diverse outdoor recreation resources and the passion Americans have for conservation and volunteerism. Each proclamation stresses the legacy and the benefits of our nation’s outdoors – and urges participation in healthy outdoors fun.

News Release GO Day 2014

GO DAY BRINGS ACTIVE OUTDOORS FUN TO CITY KIDS, FAMILIES

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Washington, D.C. (June 10, 2014) - America’s Great Outdoors is inviting your visit on June 14th at nearly 200 sites across the country. National Great Outdoors Day (GO Day) is a time when hundreds of organizations team up to introduce youth and people who don’t usually partake in outdoor recreation to America’s great outdoors. GO Day offers activities for every age and skill level, ranging from traditional activities like campouts, hiking, and fishing, to newer recreation activities like urban farming.

News Release 2014 Legends Awards

2014 LEGENDS AWARD WINNERS RECOGNIZED BY ARC

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Washington, D.C. (June 10, 2014) - The American Recreation Coalition will present its 2014 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 10th, 2014 as a signature event 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 no nominate an individual whose extraordinary efforts have made a concrete difference in enhancing outdoor recreation programs and resources. The 2014 Legends Award recipients represent the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Together, these agencies host more than a billion visitors annually. 2014's Legends Awards winners are: Trinidad Juarez, U.S. Forest Service; Jared Oakleaf, Bureau of Land Management; Lorrie Beck, Fish & Wildlife Service; Lonnie Pilkington, National Park Service; Elijah Henley, Federal Highway Administration and Jude Harrington, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

News Release 2014 Beacon Awards

2014 BEACON AWARD WINNERS USE IPADS, QR CODES AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO ENHANCE RECREATION ON PUBLIC LANDS AND WATERS

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Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2014) - Seven federal efforts have won Beacon Awards in 2014 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 and the Office of the Secretary of the Interior. 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:

News Release 2014 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE SAM FARR RECEIVES 2014 SHELDON COLEMAN GREAT OUTDOORS AWARD

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Washington, D.C. (June 10, 2014) - U.S. Representative Sam Farr (D-CA-20) has been selected to receive the 2014 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community's most prestigious award. The award will be presented on the evening of June 10th on Capitol Hill as a featured event of Great Outdoors Week 2014. The presentation will be made by top American Recreation Coalition and The Coleman Company leaders.