News Releases

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.

News Release Great Outdoors Month 2014

JUNE IS GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH 2014

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Washington, D.C. (6/2/14) - The nation’s top elected officials don’t seem to agree on much – but they completely agree that Americans need to spend more time in the nation’s parks, forests, refuges and other public spaces. Proclaimed by the President and each governor, 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.

News Release Coalition Outlines Principles Key to Reauthorization of FLREA

COALITION OF RECREATION, CONSERVATION AND TOURISM ORGANIZATIONS OUTLINES PRINCIPLES KEY TO REAUTHORIZATION OF FLREA

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Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2014) – A group of thirty-two national organizations outlined twelve consensus principles which would secure support for the reauthorization of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). The coalition explained its goals in a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop and Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation in conjunction with a hearing held on Friday, April 4.

News Release FLREA

RECREATION COMMUNITY URGES RECREATION ENHANCEMENT, NOT JUST FEES

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Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on reauthorization of legislation allowing federal agencies to collect and retain entrance and recreation fees. ARC told the Congress that recreationists supported fees but were concerned about the lack of focus on improvements in recreation experiences following the enactment of the 2004 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

News Release Great Outdoors Month 2014 Planning

PLANNING UNDER WAY FOR GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH 2014

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Washington, D.C. – Recreation community leaders have begun intense planning for Great Outdoors Month 2014 beginning with Memorial Day weekend on May 24-26 and ending with Independence Day on July 4, 2014.

Pillars of Great Outdoors Month include events ranging from National Trails Day® to National Fishing and Boating Week, from National GO (Get Outdoors) Day to Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day and the Great American Backyard Campout. Great Outdoors Month is officially proclaimed through proclamations issued by the President of the United States and all 50 state governors. The proclamations highlight the value of recreation to conservation causes while fostering appreciation of our American values and raising awareness of the economic importance of the $650+ billion in annual spending in countless communities across the United States, the role of recreation in boosting physical and mental health, and the value of the Great Outdoors to U.S. efforts to attract international tourists.

2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Selected to Receive 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will receive the 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award, the recreation community's most prestigious award, at a special celebration on September 10 in Washington, DC. The award was created in 1989 to honor the life-long efforts of Sheldon Coleman, whose engineering, marketing and advocacy talents made coolers, lanterns and tents bearing his name ubiquitous on America's public lands. The Senator chaired the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors (PCAO) on which Mr. Coleman served, making this year's honor especially noteworthy.