Richard D. Bass of Snowbird Resort to Receive 2007 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

Washington, D.C. – Richard D. Bass, Chairman and CEO of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, has been chosen to receive the 19th Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community’s most prestigious award. Mr. Bass, the first person to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents, is one of the ski industry’s most dynamic and energetic leaders and has a remarkable record of community service to youth, the disabled and to the environment. “Dick Bass is a Renaissance man and a visionary demonstrating a life-long enthusiasm for confronting challenges that would deter virtually all others. He has always found multiple ways to invest his incredible energies,” remarked Derrick Crandall, American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President, as he announced the award.

President Proclaims June 2007 "Great Outdoors Month"

Washington, D.C. (May 29, 2007)- June is again Great Outdoors Month across the nation, proclaimed by President George W. Bush as a means to celebrate the rich blessings of America’s natural beauty and to highlight a commitment to protecting our environment so that we can leave our children and grandchildren a healthy and flourishing land for outdoor enjoyment.

The Presidential proclamation states, “Through recreational activities such as fishing, skiing, biking, and nature watching, we can teach our young people about the wonders of our Nation’s landscapes. Experiencing our Nation’s natural splendor contributes to healthier lives for our citizens and a deeper appreciation for the great outdoors.”

ARC Tells Congress Recreation Community Is Concerned About and Responding to Global Climate Issue

Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2007) - “The recreation community has been a solid and active proponent of environmental protection for decades,” American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall told the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today, “and . . . the recreation industry seeks to be a vital part of public policy discussions and action on global climate change.”

“Can, should and is the recreation community taking actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to recreation? The answer to all three questions is YES. And we feel that together, government, industry and individuals can achieve important goals that are good for the environment – and make economic sense, too,” Crandall added.

American Recreation Coalition Announces 2006 Beacon Awards

Washington, D.C. - Outstanding efforts by five federal agencies and partners in harnessing the power of technology to improve public recreation experiences and federal recreation program management will be recognized with the 2006 Beacon Awards at the opening ceremony of Great Outdoors Week. Seven Beacon Awards will be presented on Monday, June 12 at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Senate Approves the Nomination of Dirk Kempthorne to be Secretary of the Interior

Washington, D.C. – On May 26, the U.S. Senate confirmed by voice vote the nomination of Dirk Kempthorne to be Secretary of the Interior. To read Senator Domenici's statement on the confirmation, click here.

President's Proclamation of Great Outdoors Month 2006

On May 23, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation designating June 2006 as Great Outdoors Month. This is the third year the President has taken this action and the number and variety of activities which will take place during the month continues to expand. The month will kick off with 800 volunteers at work in Anacostia Park, a unit of the National Park Service in Washington, DC -- the annual PricewaterhouseCoopers Take Pride in America Workday. Just two days later is National Trails Day and the start of National Fishing and Boating Week. As that week wraps up, Great Outdoors Week begins with its action-packed agenda of activities in the Nation’s Capital. And action will continue right to the end of the month with National Clean Beaches Week commencing on June 29!

Iowa Sportsmen Are Using the Internet to Lease Farm Land for Outdoor Recreation

Farmland owners in Iowa have discovered a new source of income: they are leasing their land to hunters, anglers and other recreationists in increasing numbers because of the rapidly rising price of recreational land and the lack of public hunting areas, reports the DesMoines Register.

Farm management services, including Omaha-based Farmers National Company and Nevada, Iowa-based Hertz Farm Management, are offering the service to landowners. Farmers National says about 23,000 hunters and anglers are using its Internet-based auction service, Hunting Lease Network, to connect with landowners.

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Petri Receives 2006 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

Washington, D.C. - The American Recreation Coalition’s (ARC) Chairman and the President and CEO of The Coleman Company will present the 18th annual Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community’s most prestigious award – to Thomas E. Petri, Member of Congress and Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines. The award will be presented on June 13 as a featured event of Great Outdoors Week 2006.

To read to entire News Release, click here.

Great Outdoors Week 2006:Meeting Americans' Needs Today and Tomorrow

Washington, D.C. - Great Outdoors Week 2006, June 12 -17, will highlight efforts underway to enhance outdoor recreation for all Americans in the 21st century. Volunteerism, public-private partnerships, improving health through recreation, ensuring strong recreational trails and scenic byways programs, the unveiling of the internet-based Toolbox for the Great Outdoors, Second Edition and more are topics to be addressed in a series of forums throughout the week. Annual awards recognizing the special contributions of many outdoor recreation heroes are a highlight of the week’s events.

Transformation in Environmental Strategy Underway, Says CEQ Leader

Delivering an energetic and visionary message during a return appearance before the Recreation Exchange, James Connaughton, Chairman of the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ), said that the administration is enthusiastic about opportunities still ahead and moving forward vigorously to implement its “transformative cooperative conservation strategy.” To read the full report, click here.