Great Outdoors Month 2017 Proclamations

June is a special time to celebrate America’s Great Outdoors. National leaders for years have issued proclamations recognizing this month as Great Outdoors Month, a time when America celebrates its natural treasures. This recognition highlights the benefits of active fun outdoors in our magnificent shared resources of forests, parks, refuges, and other public lands and waters. Proclamations generate widespread media attention, encouraging millions of American families to move outside, and prompting public discussion of important issues linked to outdoor recreation, including volunteerism, health, and outdoor ethics.

Recreation Leaders Offer Testimony on Improving Visitor Experiences in National Parks

Recreation Leaders Offer Testimony on Improving Visitor Experiences in National Parks
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Great Outdoors Month 2017 Will Be Most Important Ever

Great Outdoors Month 2017 Will Be Most Important Ever

Organizations across the country are preparing to celebrate June as Great Outdoors Month 2017! 2016 was the most successful Great Outdoors Month in history. Two signature events (Partners Outdoors 2016 and the GO West Campout), 17 Capital and Governor’s Campouts, thousands of partner events across the country and more helped introduce millions of Americans to healthy, active fun outdoors on their public lands and waters. Proclamations from the President and all 50 Governors recognized the economic and healthful importance of outdoor recreation to their states and the entire country.

Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of ORIR

Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of ORIR

Declaring himself “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt,” Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke testified today 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.

ORIR Holds Capitol Hill Briefings on Growing the Outdoor Recreation Economy

ORIR Holds Capitol Hill Briefings on Growing the Outdoor Recreation Economy
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Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2017) – Outdoor recreation took center stage on Capitol Hill March 7. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) held briefings for staffers from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate, introducing the newly formed organization itself and detailing the tremendous economic impact of outdoor recreation within the United States.

2017 Calendar of Events

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Upcoming Highlights:

  • March 1-3: RVIA Leadership Conference; Boca Raton, FL
  • March 1-5: Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show; Atlantic City NJ
  • March 2-5: World Fishing and Outdoor Exposition; Suffern, NY
  • March 7-10: FMCA's 95th International Convention; Chandler, AZ
  • March 16: Progressive Northwest Sportshow; Minneapolis, MN
  • March 23-26: Destination Capitol Hill; Washington, D.C.
  • 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.

    Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Urges Action on Zinke Nomination

    Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Urges Action on Zinke Nomination

    The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) February 13 urged Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to promptly bring Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s nomination to the Senate floor and support his confirmation, saying “The Department needs active policy leadership as soon as possible.”

    Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke's Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundta

    Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke's Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable

    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.

    Resolved: Use Fee Free Days to Enjoy the Outdoors in 2017

    Resolved: Use Fee Free Days to Enjoy the Outdoors in 2017

    Here’s a great idea for 2017! Make a New Year’s resolution to take advantage of fee-free days to enjoy our magnificent national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and more! The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will all waive their entrance fees on select dates in 2017, offering all Americans the opportunity to enjoy healthy, active outdoor fun on their public lands and waters. Most fee-free days, starting with Martin Luther King Day on January 16th, are linked to special holidays and events. Plus there are often special offers from agency partners to make your visits even more enjoyable.