Great Outdoors Month® Council Adopts New Leadership, Multi-Year Goals

Great Outdoors Month® Council Adopts New Leadership, Multi-Year Goals

The Great Outdoors Month® Council is proud to announce new leadership for 2018! At a January 10 meeting held at the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Council members approved a new Executive Committee dedicated to making 2018 the biggest and best Great Outdoors Month® yet! Executive Committee members are:

Department of the Interior Names New NPS Deputy Director

Department of the Interior Names New NPS Deputy Director

The Department of the Interior today announced Paul Daniel (Dan) Smith as a new Deputy Director of the National Park Service (NPS). Smith brings nearly four decades of public service experience, including serving as superintendent of Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia, to this important leadership role.

Wounded Veterans Find Healing at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Wounded Veterans Find Healing at Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Source: NPS Press Release

ORIR and USDA Officials Discuss Improving Visitor Experiences on National Forests

ORIR and USDA Officials Discuss Improving Visitor Experiences on National Forests

Leaders from several Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) organizations met with Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment Dan Jiron and a key group of USDA officials, including many from the U.S. Forest Service (FS), on November 21. The ORIR group highlighted the importance of national forests to many world-class recreation experiences including boating, fishing, skiing, riding and much more. They emphasized that partnerships in recreation experiences are key to expanding access to – and enjoyment of – America’s public lands and waters.

National Park Service Proposes Targeted Fee Increases at Parks to Address Maintenance Backlog

National Park Service Proposes Targeted Fee Increases at Parks to Address Maintenance Backlog
Source: NPS press release

WASHINGTON – As part of its commitment to improve the visitor experience and ensure America’s national parks are protected in perpetuity, the National Park Service (NPS) is considering increases to fees at highly visited national parks during peak visitor seasons. Proposed peak season entrance fees and revised fees for road-based commercial tours would generate badly needed revenue for improvements to the aging infrastructure of national parks. This includes roads, bridges, campgrounds, waterlines, bathrooms, and other visitor services.

FLREA Generates More Than $400 Million for Public Lands and Waters in FY2017

FLREA Generates More Than $400 Million for Public Lands and Waters in FY2017

According to new data reported by federal land and water management agencies, recreation fees collected from visitors under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) generated some $410 million in fiscal year 2017, a significant increase from the roughly $375 million generated in 2016. The American Recreation Coalition has updated its FLREA Infographic (below) to reflect this exciting success story, including where the revenue is spent!

ARC, Agents of Discovery and NPS Help Kids Get Outdoors on the National Mall

ARC, Agents of Discovery and NPS Help Kids Get Outdoors on the National Mall

Fifth graders from Washington, D.C.’s School-Within-School joined the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), Agents of Discovery and the National Park Service (NPS) on the National Mall November 7 for the launch of the newest Agents of Discovery mission site! Click here for media coverage of this exciting event.

Interior and Agriculture Departments Sign Unprecedented MOU with Fishing and Boating Industry

Interior and Agriculture Departments Sign Unprecedented MOU with Fishing and Boating Industry

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), American Sportfishing Association (ASA), National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) October 30.  The unprecedented MOU – signed just after Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke declared October as National Hunting and Fishing Month – will expand cooperation for planning and implementing projects and activities to promote recreational fishing and boating conducted on public lands and waters.

2017 FLREA Infographic

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.