DoI Economic Report for FY 2012

The activities of the Department of the Interior contributed $371 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012, supporting 2.3 million jobs in activities including outdoor recreation and tourism, energy development, grazing and timber harvest, according to a new report released today by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

News Release Governors Celebrate Outdoor Activities

Governors Celebrate Great Outdoors Activities and Benefits

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Washington, D.C. – The nation’s 50 governors united in proclaiming June as Great Outdoors Month once again in 2013, showing that fun outdoors successfully bridges the nation’s political and regional divisions. This was the third time every governor in the nation took action for Great Outdoors Month. In many states, this was the seventh annual proclamation. The Governor of the Virgin Islands and the Mayor of the District Columbia also issued proclamations.

News Release Great Outdoors Month Proclamations

President, Governors Proclaim June as Great Outdoors Month

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Washington, D.C. – The President of the United States was joined this year by each of the 50 state governors in proclaiming June as Great Outdoors Month. In many states this was the seventh consecutive year such a proclamation has been issued. Presidential recognition of the Great Outdoors through proclamations began in the 1990’s. The proclamations celebrate the shared legacy of Americans in our Great Outdoors and the important health, economic and social benefits derived from time in the outdoors.

Newsrelease NPS Director Jarvis Outlines Agency Challenges

National Park Service Director Outlines Agency Challenges – and Solutions

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Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) welcomed Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, as its special guest speaker at the Great Outdoors Week Recreation Exchange. The Exchange was hosted jointly by ARC and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Director Jarvis’s remarks covered a number of key topics, including: the challenges currently facing the National Park Service; the agency’s upcoming Centennial in 2016; and new agency initiatives.

National Park Service Director Outlines Agency Challenges – and Solutions

National Park Service Director Outlines Agency Challenges – and Solutions


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June 7, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) welcomed Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, as its special guest speaker at the Great Outdoors Week Recreation Exchange on June 4, 2013. The Exchange was hosted jointly by ARC and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Director Jarvis’s remarks covered a number of key topics, including: the challenges currently facing the National Park Service; the agency’s upcoming Centennial in 2016; and new agency initiatives.

News Release Senator Lamar Alexander Receives 2013 Coleman Award

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Receives 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will receive the 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award, the recreation community's most prestigious award, at a special Great Outdoors Week celebration on June 5. The award was created in 1989 to honor the life-long efforts of Sheldon Coleman, whose engineering, marketing and advocacy talents made coolers, lanterns and tents bearing his name ubiquitous on America's public lands. The Senator chaired the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors (PCAO) on which Mr. Coleman served, making this year's honor especially noteworthy.

News Release Legends Awards 2013

ARC Recognizes 2013 Legends Award Winners

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Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) will present its 2013 Legends Awards to six federal managers in recognition of their outstanding work to improve outdoor recreation experiences and opportunities for the American people. The awards will be presented on June 4, 2013, during Great Outdoors Week – ARC’s celebration of the value and importance of outdoor recreation. Initiated by ARC in 1991, the Legends Award program calls on federal agencies to nominate an individual whose extraordinary personal efforts have made a real difference in enhancing outdoor recreation programs and resources. The 2013 Legends Award recipients represent the Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service, agencies together hosting more than a billion recreation visits annually. Winners of the 2013 Legends Awards are: Tony Brady, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Marcia Butorac, Bureau of Land Management; Rachel Garren, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Stan Hinatsu, U.S. Forest Service; David LaRoche, Federal Highway Administration; and Jerry Willis, National Park Service.

News Release Beacon Awards 2013

2013 Beacon Award Winners Demonstrate Use of Technology to Enhance Recreation at Federal Sites

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Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has selected six federal programs and efforts as recipients of the 2013 Beacon Awards, which recognize outstanding efforts by federal agencies and partners in harnessing the power of technology to improve public recreation experiences and federal recreation program management. Beacon Awards were first presented by the American Recreation Coalition in 2005. Nominations are made by federal agencies and are judged against the award criteria – which are:

News Release: GOW and GOM 2013

Great Outdoors Week and Great Outdoors Month 2013 Showcase Economic, Health Benefits of the Great Outdoors

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Washington, D.C. – Excitement is growing across the nation about plans for Great Outdoors Week and Great Outdoors Month 2013. Great Outdoors Month celebrates a variety of important events and actions that occur during June, and highlights the benefits of active fun outdoors and our magnificent shared resources of forests, parks, refuges and other public lands and waters. Great Outdoors Week (June 1-8) showcases efforts enhancing outdoor recreation for all Americans in the 21st century through awards, briefings and other events in the Nation’s Capital.