News Releases

Governor Matt Mead to Receive Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award in Cheyenne

GOVERNOR MATT MEAD TO RECEIVE SHELDON COLEMAN GREAT OUTDOORS AWARD IN CHEYENNE
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Washington, D.C. (December 7, 2015) - Wyoming Governor Matt Mead will receive one of two 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Awards at a ceremony in Cheyenne, Wyoming December 9. Recreation leaders from the private and public sectors will join the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and The Coleman Company to present Governor Mead with the recreation community's most prestigious award. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will receive 2015’s second award in Jefferson City at a later date. In addition, plans are underway to honor the Governors in Washington, D.C. during February 2016.

National Park Service Solicits Letters to the Future from Local Students

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SOLICITS LETTERS TO THE FUTURE FROM LOCAL STUDENTS
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Bushkill, PA -- Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue is asking students in grades K-12 to write a letter to the future. The letters will be buried in a time capsule for the next 50 years. “We celebrated our 50th anniversary this year and the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016,” explained Donahue. In commemoration of these two historic milestones, employees at the park are sending a message to the future. “We want that message to include the voices of today’s youth since they will be the ones entrusted with the care of special places like this in the future.”

Governors Matt Mead and Jay Nixon Receive 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

GOVERNORS MATT MEAD AND JAY NIXON RECEIVE 2015 SHELDON COLEMAN GREAT OUTDOORS AWARD
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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon have been selected to receive the 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community's most prestigious award. The awards will be presented to each Governor in his office by leaders of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and The Coleman Company. In addition, plans are underway to honor the Governors in Washington, D.C. during February 2016.

ARC Urges Senate Action to Aid Great Outdoors Visitors

ARC URGES SENATE ACTION TO AID GREAT OUTDOORS VISITORS

Washington, D.C. (September 16, 2015) – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee expressing its support for the reauthorization and modification of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). The committee will hold a hearing September 17 on FLREA which can be watched here

FLREA – enacted in 2004 – authorizes the collection and retention of entrance and recreation fees for most of the major federal recreation providers: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. While management of recreation on our federal lands remains funded primarily by appropriations of general funds, FLREA supplements those appropriations with more than $300 million annually in entrance and campground fees and other recreation-related charges.

NPS Centennial to Include Youth Outreach, Backlog Reduction

NPS Centennial to Include Youth Outreach, Backlog Reduction

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Washington, D.C. (Feb. 3, 2015) – President Barack Obama used his FY2016 budget request to outline plans to keep parks relevant to an increasingly urban and diverse nation and to invite all Americans to help support their parks. His requests include $20 million annually to transport over a million urban youth to national parks and public lands, with dedicated youth coordinators to welcome them and their families, and a significant increase in the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge program, which leverages federal spending at least 1:1 with contributions and partner funding and helps reduce the large NPS deferred-maintenance backlog.

ARC at Missouri Governor's Natural Resources Conference

ARC President at Missouri Governor's Natural Resources Conference

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Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2014) - American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall addressed some 400 state conservation and recreation leaders gathered at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Natural Resources in Springfield, Missouri, on November 12 and 13. Crandall spoke at two concurrent sessions held the first day on “Connecting People to Resources Through Recreation” and keynoted the second day’s general session with a presentation titled “Now Is the Time: Action to Seize the Incredible Opportunities Offered by Missouri's Great Outdoors.”

Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2015

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.

More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging The Administration to Keep the "Great" In Great Outdoors

More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging The Administration to Keep the "Great" In Great Outdoors

Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2017)- In an open letter published in the Wall Street Journal, executives from more than 100 outdoor recreation industry companies praised the agenda being set by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. These leading executives represent many segments of the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry including the shooting, hunting, archery, camping, fishing, marine, motorcycle, powersports, hospitality and recreation vehicle sectors.

ORIR Members Meet With Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

ORIR Members Meet With Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
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Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2017) – The Department of the Interior has a new leader. Former U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on March 1, becoming the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior.

2016 Legends Award Winners Recognized by ARC

2016 LEGENDS AWARDS WINNERS RECOGNIZED BY ARC
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The American Recreation Coalition presented its 2016 Legends Awards to eight federal managers in recognition of outstanding efforts to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. The Awards were presented on June 2, 2016 during Great Outdoors Month® - ARC’s celebration of the value and importance of outdoor recreation. Initiated by ARC in 1991, the Legends Award program invites key federal agencies to nominate an individual whose extraordinary efforts have enhanced outdoor recreation programs and resources.