Outdoor Recreation Industry Applauds Withdrawal of Nps Director’s Order #100

Outdoor Recreation Industry Applauds Withdrawal of NPS Director’s Order #100

Washington, D.C. (August 25, 2017) – Organizations representing a large majority of the $887 billion per year outdoor recreation industry applaud the August 25 announcement by the National Park Service (NPS) that it is withdrawing its Director’s Order #100.

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) recognizes the withdrawal of Director’s Order #100 as an opportunity for partnerships that will help the national parks remain relevant to and cherished by an increasingly urban population by providing new visitor services like modernized campgrounds, Wi-Fi, expanded visitor activities and more. These new services will help breathe new life into national parks across the country, but would have been impossible under Director’s Order #100.

U.S. Senate Acts Unanimously on Great Outdoors Month®!

U.S. Senate Acts Unanimously on Great Outdoors Month®!

The U.S. Senate has unanimously designated June 2017 “Great Outdoors Month!” Action on Senate Resolution 199 was delayed beyond June by contentious debate over issues like healthcare, but active outdoor fun on America’s public lands and waters continues to enjoy bipartisan support. The resolution was introduced by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), and was cosponsored by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). Read the full resolution here.

Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participation

Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participation

Washington, D.C. (July 27, 2017) – Outdoor recreation and its impact on the American economy took center stage at the U.S. Department of Commerce on July 27. Members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other administration officials to discuss outdoor recreation’s importance to the American economy, how increased partnerships can grow jobs, and how trade agreements impact the outdoor recreation industry.

Great Outdoors Month® Hits Halfway Mark at Full Speed!

Great Outdoors Month® Hits Halfway Mark at Full Speed!

We’re officially halfway through Great Outdoors Month®! For the 15th year, the President has declared June as Great Outdoors Month®, with President Trump becoming the third president to do so. He is joined by all 50 governors in celebrating the healthful and economic benefits of active fun on America’s lands and waters. View and download the proclamations at greatoutdoorsmonth.org/proclamations. President Trump even retweeted a message from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke celebrating the Presidential Proclamation!

2017 CRT Awards

Coalition for Recreational Trails Honors Outstanding Trail Projects and State Program

Ten trail projects and a State Trail Program have been chosen by the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) as recipients of its 2017 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards. The awards – named for former Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri – recognize outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. These projects will be honored at a special Capitol Hill ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 14 as part of the celebration of Great Outdoors Month®.

2017 Beacon Awards

Watch the 2017 Beacon Awards

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.