News Releases

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.

Great Outdoors Week 2004 Will Celebrate Recreation's Contributions to Health, Quality of Life

Washington, D.C. - Great Outdoors Week 2004 - June 7-11 - will highlight the invaluable contributions active outdoor recreation makes to Americans' health and quality of life. It will also highlight the central role of the nation's magnificent parks, forests, refuges and other protected lands - public lands covering one in three acres of the nation - in providing diverse and accessible recreation opportunities enjoyed by Americans during more than one billion visits annually.

Plans Announced for Revitalized Take Pride in America Program

Washington, D.C. — Marti Allbright, the new Executive Director of Take Pride in America, outlined her plans for the federal government’s recently revitalized stewardship and volunteerism program during a meeting with recreation community leaders. Ms. Allbright, who was named to the position in late June by Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, spoke at the American Recreation Coalition’s Recreation Exchange gathering. The original Take Pride in America program was begun during the Reagan Administration and continued until 1993. The program’s relaunch was announced by Secretary Norton in April of this year.

Leading Member of Congress Calls for Changes in Federal Resource Policies

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Richard Pombo (R - CA), Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources, sharply criticized several of the country’s resource-related laws and policies during remarks at the American Recreation Coalition’s June Recreation Exchange. Mr. Pombo faulted legislation that had been passed by the Congress to protect land areas and endangered species for its significant social costs. He also criticized the federal land-management agencies for their fee programs and funding priorities.

ARC Recognizes Outstanding Federal Managers

Washington, D.C. — The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) presented its 2003 Legends Awards to nine federal managers in recognition of their outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. The awards were presented on June 11, 2003 during Great Outdoors Week – ARC’s celebration of the value and importance of outdoor recreation. Initiated by ARC in 1991, the Legends Award program involves seven federal agencies: USDA Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Federal Highway Administration. Each agency nominates an individual whose extraordinary personal efforts have made a real difference in enhancing outdoor recreation programs and resources. This year, two additional representatives from the USDA Forest Service and Corps of Engineers were recognized for their interagency partnership efforts.

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta Receives 2003 Great Outdoors Award

Washington, D.C. — Norman Y. Mineta, United States Secretary of Transportation, is the recipient of the 15th Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award, the national recreation community’s highest honor. The Great Outdoors Award will be presented on Tuesday evening, June 10, at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the entrance to the Arlington National Cemetery. The presentation is a key feature of Great Outdoors Week 2003 – June 9 -13 – which highlights the partnerships that enable outdoor recreation to contribute to the nation’s health and quality of life and the efforts of individuals whose vision has established and protected the nation’s magnificent parks, forests, refuges and other protected lands.

FHWA Administrator Offers Reauthorization Preview

Washington, D.C. — The Bush Administration will focus on improving the safety and efficiency of the country's transportation system in the next round of transportation legislation according to a key federal official. Speaking at the American Recreation Coalition's Recreation Exchange, Mary Peters, the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), reported that although the Administration's transportation reauthorization proposal had not yet been released, most decisions regarding it had already been made. She explained that the proposal would include a greater emphasis on reducing crashes as well as a focus on consolidating and streamlining transportation projects. In addition, Ms. Peters noted the Administration's interest in increasing the flexibility given to states and localities on transportation matters.

Interior Deputy Secretary Reviews Policy Plans

Washington, D.C. — Deputy Secretary of the Interior Steve Griles discussed Interior Department policy plans for 2003 during a recent appearance at the American Recreation Coalition’s (ARC) Recreation Exchange. His comments covered the Bush Administration’s move to privatize some governmental functions, recreation-related concessions and permits, endangered species, and the management of resources, including fee receipts.