Zinke's Testimony Draws Support of ORIR

Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable
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January 17, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – Declaring himself “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt,” Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke testified January 17 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is considering his nomination to serve as the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior. His remarks drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, which supports Zinke’s nomination.

Key Senator Praises RTP at DOT Confirmation Hearing

Key Senator Praises RTP at DOT Confirmation Hearing

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) was spotlighted January 11 at Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao’s confirmation hearing. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) praised the program during her time for questioning, saying, “Ok, so, now we go to snowmobiles, you know, gotta end good here. The Recreational Trails Program is extremely important. It funds off-highway vehicle, snowmobile, non-motorized trail uses. It’s one of these issues where we’ve actually had the cross-country skiers and the bicyclists working with the motorized vehicles. It derives its funding from gas taxes paid by off-highway vehicle users when they fill up their machines and I hope that you will work with us going forward on that issue as well. It’s maybe not the first thing you thought of when you got up this morning, but that’s been a very positive program for recreational use.” Secretary-designate Chao responded by saying she looks forward to working on the issue.

Increased Revenues From Ski Areas Don't Benefit National Forests

Increased Revenues from Ski Areas Don't Benefit National Forests
This article was originally published 12/28/16 in The Aspen Times by Scott Condon. Click here for the original article.
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The White River National Forest is reaping increasing revenues in fees from Aspen Skiing Co. and other ski-area operators that use public lands.

Low Employee Engagement Found In Federal Land Management Agencies

Low Employee Engagement Found In Federal Land Management Agencies

Federal land and water management agencies lag behind many other government agencies – as well as the private sector – when it comes to employee satisfaction according to new “Best Places to Work” rankings. The National Park Service (NPS) in particular struggles with employee satisfaction, commitment and motivation, ranking 262nd out of 305 federal agencies despite the national celebration of its Centennial in 2016. NPS was the lowest-ranking of the principal federal agencies providing Americans with outdoor experiences.

National Park Service Centennial Act Signed Into Law

National Park Service Centennial Act Signed Into Law
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Washington, D.C. (December 19, 2016) – A bipartisan effort by the U.S. Congress to help the National Park Service meet the challenges of its second century of stewardship reached a long-awaited and successful conclusion on December 16, when President Barack Obama signed the National Park Service Centennial Act into law. The legislation provides the agency with new resources that will help it engage the country’s growing and diverse population with their public lands and waters, embrace new technologies and address a $12 billion maintenance backlog.

Federal Agencies Announce Fee Free Days for 2017

Federal Agencies Announce Fee Free Days for 2017

Federal land and water management agencies have announced their fee-free days for 2017! The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will have no entrance fees on a combined 29 days, offering all Americans the opportunity to enjoy healthy, active outdoor fun on their public lands and waters. Most are linked to special holidays and events and there are often special offers by agency partners. Keep checking here as more and more partner events are announced. The 2017 fee-free days are:

NPS Concessioner Receives Major Kudos from City of Las Vegas

NPS Concessioner Receives Major Kudos from City of Las Vegas

Forever Resorts – a National Park Service concessioner – is getting well-deserved kudos from the City of Las Vegas! Local officials – including the mayor – praised Forever’s efforts supporting Get Outdoors Nevada Day (GON Day) saying, “Your generosity and efforts to support this free, fun, family-friendly event that highlights all Southern Nevada has to offer in recreation activities, education, volunteering and tourism deserve great accolades.”

Park Concessioners Applaud House Passage of National Park Service Centennial Bill

Park Concessioners Applaud House Passage of National Park Service Centennial Bill
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The National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA) applauds the passage by the House of Representatives on December 6 of HR 4680, the National Park Service Centennial Act. The legislation enjoys bipartisan support and creates important new tools to support America’s national parks for generations to come. Among the key provisions of the legislation are:

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.