Recreational Trails Program Celebrates 25 Years

Recreational Trails Program Celebrates 25 Years

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – a landmark achievement of federal transportation legislation – is turning 25! And there is much to celebrate. The RTP has funded 22,000 trail projects all across the country, benefiting millions of diverse trail users – hikers and bikers, equestrians and snowmobilers, OHVers and paddlers, cross-country skiers, four-wheel drivers and more. States continue to add miles of trails as well as needed maintenance and improvements through grants to local project sponsors each year.

2016 Recreational Trails Program One Pager

  • The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) was created by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), reauthorized in 1998 as part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), again in 2005 through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), and the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Most recently, the RTP was reauthorized as part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which covers Fiscal Years 2016 through 2020 and was signed by the President on December 4, 2015.
  • Congress Passes NPS Centennial Bill

    Congress Passes NPS Centennial Bill
    To read the Centennial Act one-pager, click here
    To read the full text of the bill, click here

    The United States Senate passed The National Park Service Centennial Act on December 10 without changes from a House of Representatives version passed December 6. The bill now heads to the President's desk to become a law.

    Congressional Leaders Voice Concerns Over Proposed NPS Director's Order 100

    Congressional Leaders Voice Concerns Over Proposed NPS Director's Order 100

    Read the proposed Director's Order 100 here.

    House Votes to Measure Outdoor Recreation as Part of GDP

    House of Representatives Votes to Count Outdoor Recreation Economy as Part of U.S. GDP

    Source: NMMA Currents

    Delaware North-Operated Facility at Yellowstone Awarded First Zero Waste Certificate in a U.S. National Park

    Delaware North-Operated Facility at Yellowstone Awarded First Zero Waste Certificate in a U.S. National Park
    View this story as a PDF here.

    The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council has awarded Delaware North a Zero Waste Certificate for its environmentally-friendly operation of the Yellowstone General Stores warehouse.

    I-GO: Google Donates $165k to Send Fourth Graders to National Parks

    Google Donates $165k to Send Fourth Graders to National Parks
    By Kyle Feldscher, Washington Examiner

    Google has donated $165,000 to send about 1,700 children to national parks around the country as a part of the National Park Foundation's efforts to get more kids into the parks.

    Governor Wolf Hails DCNR Online Reservation Innovation for Campers, Cost Savings at State Parks Across Pa.

    Governor Wolf Hails DCNR Online Reservation Innovation for Campers, Cost Savings at State Parks Across Pa.

    Wellsville, York County, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today praised the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ efforts to implement new digital technology to make reservations more accessible for visitors and made agency efforts more efficient, saving more than $100,000 a year.

    2016 Report to Members

    See ARC's 2016 Report to Members here

    ARC continues to help key recreation interests share ideas and information with those public leaders and policy makers who influence the future of recreation in America. With help, we will define the America’s Great Outdoors Agenda and help build a strong base for recreation through:

  • improved access to and stewardship of America’s Great Outdoors;
  • a solid, sustainable infrastructure making fun outdoors safe and enjoyable – from good trails for all types of activities to better boating and fishing access, from better campgrounds to better chances to watch wildlife, from enjoyable food and lodging to great skiing and rafting and more;
  • attention to the surface transportation network needed to connect Americans to the Great Outdoors and keep their travels on our public lands safe and enjoyable;
  • programs which invite all Americans to get to know their outdoors legacy – outreach to youth, and especially urban youth; expansion of CCC-like efforts; recreation skills training programs; and
  • utilization of technology to help Americans find good places to go for healthy fun, to learn what they can enjoy during time in the Great Outdoors and to help them arrange for the services and equipment they will need to support great memories.
  • Outdoor Recreation Economic Data Today and Tomorrow

    SEPTEMBER 2016 RECREATION EXCHANGE
    Outdoor Recreation Economic Data Today and Tomorrow

    Economic data relating to outdoor recreation is a hot topic. Improving the data, better sharing of data and use of the data in decision-making unifies the public and private sectors of the $650 billion per annum outdoor recreation community. ARC’s September 27 Recreation Exchange: Outdoor Recreation Economic Data Today and Tomorrow showcased how public and private organizations are using and improving data to help enhance visitor experiences on public lands and waters.