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Building A Scenic Byways Program For The Future: A New and Exciting Role for the Byways Coalition

Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2005) Derrick Crandall, president of ARC, has announced that leaders in the transportation, recreation, conservation, tourism, heritage and economic development communities have agreed to revitalize the national coalition that led to the creation of the National Scenic Byways Program in 1991.

WOW on the Water Curriculum and Program Manual Available

The first edition of a curriculum and program manual for Wonderful Outdoor World’s WOW on the Water has been prepared by the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and the Bureau of Reclamation. WOW on the Water is a day-long experience in water-based recreation, merging fun with learning for children. The program is especially appropriate for urban and minority youth from 10 to14 years of age.

Forty-Five New Byways Designations Announced

Forty-five new and extended American Scenic Byways were announced by US Department of Transportation officials at a ceremony at Union Station in Washington, DC. The new Scenic Byways and All American Roads are in twenty-seven states and join ninety-six byways previously designated subsequent to establishment of the National Scenic Byways Program in 1991. J. Richard Capka, Acting Federal Highway Administrator, praised the grass-roots energy of the byways community, including some 200 who had gathered for two days of implementation training and celebration in the Capital. Mr. Capka praised the Byways program as an FHWA success story for promoting America’s historic, scenic, natural and cultural gems, and also as an economic development engine for rural communities throughout the nation.

Great Outdoors Week 2005 Plans Announced

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GREAT OUTDOORS WEEK 2005 WILL FOCUS ON PROPOSED RECREATION POLICY ACT AND NATIONAL RECREATION STRATEGY

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Washington, D.C. - Great Outdoors Week 2005 – June 5 -11 – will highlight efforts underway to enact a new national recreation policy act designed to enhance outdoor recreation’s contributions to Americans’ health and quality of life. The legislation also calls for a new National Recreation Strategy that responds to changing and growing demands for quality recreation on federally-managed lands and waters – areas that cover one-third of the nation’s surface.

ARC Receives Forest Service's Public Service Award

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ARC RECEIVES FOREST SERVICE'S PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

Washington, DC - January 6, 2005. The American Recreation Coalition received the Forest Service's Public Service award at the agency's Centennial Congress. The award recognizes significant contributions to public service by a group or organization outside the Forest Service.

In presenting the award, the Forest Service noted that the American Recreation Coalition "has long been a strong Forest Service partner and has sponsored numerous major programs for youth education, fire prevention, recreation management and information, public awareness, social science understanding, and customer service. The Coalition continues to be instrumental in supporting quality outdoor recreation programs for the public and supports the Agency in accomplishing that diverse challenge."

Congress Replaces National Recreation Fee Demonstration Program

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Congress Replaces National Recreation Fee Demonstration Program

Washington, D.C. (November 24, 2004) – The National Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, created in 1996 as a three-year experiment, will soon be replaced by a new recreation fee program covering five federal agencies and providing a ten-year fee authorization. The new Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, created under Section J of HR 4818, the omnibus appropriations measure for Fiscal Year 2005, is based upon legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Ralph Regula (OH-16) and amended and approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources. Mr. Regula played a central role in the development of the fee demo program and its extension as the Congress sought to craft long-term recreation fee policy.

Interior Department Solicitor Meets with Recreation Community

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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.

President Proclaims June 2004 as Great Outdoors Month

PRESIDENT PROCLAIMS JUNE 2004
AS GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH

Washington, D.C. — June has been officially proclaimed Great Outdoors Month by President George W. Bush. In his proclamation, the President recalled the trek of Captains Lewis and Clark 200 years ago and the inspiring sights they recorded in their journals. He noted, “The splendor of the great outdoors continues to inspire our citizens, and a love of outdoor recreation remains a fundamental part of the American character. By observing Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate our commitment to appreciating and protecting our natural wealth.” He called upon all Americans to celebrate the month through participation in recreational activities.

Great Outdoors Week 2004 Hailed as a Great Success

GREAT OUTDOORS WEEK 2004 HAILED
AS A GREAT SUCCESS

Washington, D.C. - Hundreds of recreation community leaders participated in dozens of meetings and events during Great Outdoors Week 2004 and the result, according to American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall, was "outstanding progress on a wide range of key recreation initiatives and issues."

TPIA June 10 Event At Roosevelt Island

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Take Pride in America June 10 Event At Roosevelt Island
Sponsored by ReserveAmerica

Washington, D.C. – Hundreds of recreation community leaders, District of Columbia youths and other volunteers will gather for a day of work and fun on Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac River on June 10. Their efforts will improve trails, remove litter and help control invasive vegetation on the 91-acre island – an unusual memorial to the visionary 26th U.S. president, an avid conservationist and recreationist. The event will be organized by the National Park Service and the American Recreation Coalition and is sponsored by ReserveAmerica, the Nation’s leading recreation reservation, campground management and tour/ticketing solutions provider.