Secretary Zinke Signs Secretarial Order Seeking to Expand Access to Recreation on Public Lands

Secretary Zinke Signs Secretarial Order Seeking to Expand Access to Recreation on Public Lands

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed Secretarial Order 3356 today (September 15), creating a process to identify and expand access to outdoor recreation – especially hunting and fishing – on public lands and waters managed by the Department of the Interior. The order is an extension of Secretarial Order 3347 – issued on Secretary Zinke’s first day in office. The new order seeks to improve wildlife management and conservation and increase access to public lands for hunting, shooting, and fishing. It also puts a new and a greater emphasis on recruiting and retaining new sportsmen conservationists, with a focus on engaging youth, veterans, minorities, and other communities that traditionally have low participation in outdoor recreation activities.

October 2017 Issues Briefing

Fall 2017 Recreation Issues Briefing

The American Recreation Coalition held its Fall Recreation Issues Briefing Monday, October 16. The meeting was a great opportunity for members of the recreation industry to spend time with people who are shaping the future of outdoor recreation on America’s public lands and waters, including:

  • Scott Anderson, Senior Director of Communications for the National Park Foundation
  • Charles Cooper, Executive Vice President of Signal Group
  • Megan Foster, AAA’s Director of Federal Relations
  • Mike Fullerton, Brand USA’s Director of Public Affairs
  • Dan Jiron, Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Bill McGrath, former Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee’s Interior, Energy and Environment Subcommittee
  • Cody Stewart, Staff Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee
  • Leslie Weldon, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Forest Service
  • Todd Willens, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
  • ARC also provided several informative handouts:

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    Recreation Groups Meet with NOAA to Discuss Building Awareness, Enjoyment of Sanctuaries

    Recreation Groups Meet with NOAA to Discuss Building Awareness, Enjoyment of Sanctuaries

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    Recreation by the Numbers: Federal Visitation and Economic Data

    Recreation by the Numbers: Federal Visitation and Economic Data

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    Recreation Organizations Thank Montana's Senator Daines for Support and Action

    Recreation Organizations Thank Montana's Senator Daines for Support and Action

    AccessParks Combines Vison and Experience to Bring Wi-Fi to National Parks

    AccessParks Combines Vison and Experience to Bring Wi-Fi to National Parks

    AccessParks CEO Tim Rout at Partners Outdoors 2017

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    Park Prescriptions Help South Dakotans Get Outdoors at Their State Parks

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    A growing number of health professionals recognize active outdoor fun as an effective remedy to the health threat posed by Americans’ sedentary lifestyles. Doctors in South Dakota are putting this new remedy to work by prescribing a free day at any state park, recreation area, or nature area as part of the South Dakota Park Prescription Project!

    Great Outdoors Month® 2017: A Great Success!

    Great Outdoors Month® 2017: A Great Success!