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Interior Announces Share the Experience 2016 Photo Contest Winners

Interior Announces Share the Experience 2016 Photo Contest Winners
Citizen Photographers Compete for Photo Placement on National Public Lands and Waters Pass

The U.S. Department of the Interior today, along with the National Park Foundation and other participating federal recreation land agencies, announced the winners of the 2016 Share the Experience photography contest on the agency’s popular Instagram account and launched the 2017 contest.

More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging The Administration to Keep the "Great" In Great Outdoors

More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging The Administration to Keep the "Great" In Great Outdoors

Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2017)- In an open letter published in the Wall Street Journal, executives from more than 100 outdoor recreation industry companies praised the agenda being set by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. These leading executives represent many segments of the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry including the shooting, hunting, archery, camping, fishing, marine, motorcycle, powersports, hospitality and recreation vehicle sectors.

Secretary Zinke Announces $34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation

Secretary Zinke Announces $34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation
Report Finds Parks Support 318,000 Jobs Mostly in Hotels, Restaurants, Transportation, Recreation

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, during National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016's record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 – a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. Zinke made his announcement while visiting the historic Presidio of San Francisco at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Zinke marked National Park Week by also visiting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Channel Islands national parks.

According to the annual peer-reviewed economics report, 2016 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, the strong economic output is attributed to record visitation and visitor spending in “gateway” communities near national park entrances. The report also found visitor spending supported 318,000 jobs in 2016, with the vast majority of them defined as local jobs, including those in the hospitality, retail, transportation, and recreation industries.

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.