Concessioners Help Visitors Contribute to National Parks

Concessioners Help Visitors Contribute to National Parks
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Washington, D.C. (December 2, 2016) - National park visitors are making important gifts to many of America’s most iconic destinations through the National Park Service’s Guest Donation program! Donations of just one dollar per stay at America’s national park lodges and other overnight facilities generated more than $1 million in 2015, and are nearing $1 million in 2016, according to park concessioners and the National Park Foundation. The funds are available for use within the collecting park by qualifying non-profit groups. Eligible uses include restoration projects, trail maintenance, expanded visitor services and more.

Senate Unanimously Passes Outdoor REC Act

Senate Unanimously Passes Outdoor REC Act

In an early holiday gift to the outdoor recreation community, the U.S. Senate unanimously and without amendment passed the Outdoor REC Act! The bill was led by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) with a total of 15 cosponsors. The bill unanimously passed the House November 14, where it was sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and received bipartisan support, with 13 Republican and 12 Democrat cosponsors.

National Park Service Announces 2017 Fee Free Days

National Park Service Announces 2017 Fee Free Days

The ten entrance fee-free days for 2017 will be:

Voters in Alabama, Missouri Vote to Preserve Park Funding

Voters in Alabama, Missouri Vote to Support Park Funding

Voters went to the polls this week to decide a number of issues, and in Missouri and Alabama, voters overwhelmingly voted to protect and maintain park funding.

Georgia, RBFF Successful in Retaining First-Time License Buyers

Georgia, RBFF Successful in Retaining First-Time License Buyers
Source: RBFF Newswaves

While millions of individuals take up fishing each year (6.2 million in 2015), roughly just as many leave the sport for various reasons. To combat this trend and retain first-time fishing license purchasers, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and Georgia Wildlife Resources Division partnered on a New Angler Retention Pilot Program. Through the year-long program, the organizations were able to measure the impact of email communication on a new angler's purchase of a license the following year.

I-GO: It's Time for Doctors to Prescribe Outdoor Therapy

I-GO: It's Time for Doctors to Prescribe Outdoor Therapy
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Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2017

Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2017
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Outdoor recreation contributes $650 billion to the American economy, and supports tens of millions of jobs. According to ARC’s new report: Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2017, those numbers are only expected to grow. Most components of the recreation industry reported significant gains in 2016 and the general outlook for the industry in 2017 is optimistic. Key items from the report include:

Changes to NPS Fees and Operations Can Provide New, and Sustainable Funding

Changes to NPS Fees and Operations Can Provide New, and Sustainable Funding

The National Park Service (NPS) has an extraordinary opportunity to make changes to how maintenance and visitor services are funded by adopting contemporary financial strategies that would ensure national parks remain relevant, accessible and sustainable long into the future. January 2017 will bring a new Administration and Congress changes – offering a perfect time to consider recommendations from three long-time park advocates and partners.

ARC, Agents of Discovery and Forest Service Bring Interactive Gaming to the Great Outdoors

ARC, Agents of Discovery and Forest Service Bring Interactive Gaming to the Great Outdoors
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Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2016) - Interactive, mobile gaming is coming to America’s national forests! The American Recreation Coalition (ARC), Agents of Discovery and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are teaming up to bring educational, movement-based interactive gaming to dozens of national forest sites across the country.

RBFF and U.S. Forest System Enter Historic Cooperative Agreement

Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and U.S. Forest Service Enter Historic Cooperative Agreement
By Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced Tuesday it has entered into a new cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Through the agreement, the Forest Service will help provide funding for the Take Me Fishing campaign while RBFF will promote the available fishing opportunities on or near U.S. Forest Service lands.

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