Great Outdoors Month 2013 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.

Partners Outdoors 2013 Wrap Up

Partners Outdoors 2013 Identifies Route to Healthy Recreation in the Great Outdoors

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Washington, D.C. – An annual gathering of leading recreation innovators from the public and private sectors concluded three days of brainstorming and sharing with a report on findings, actions and recommendations to the members of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR). Partners Outdoors 2013 was held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Discussions were especially intense as the group sought ways to add quality and quantity to recreation opportunities on federally managed lands and waters even as the agencies and organizations involved were engaged in planning contingencies for sequestration and years of federal agency budget uncertainty.

GO Day 2013

National Get Outdoors Day 2013 Set for June 8

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Washington, D.C. – National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) 2013 will be celebrated on Saturday, June 8. This will be the sixth year of a partnership effort by hundreds of government agencies, recreation and healthcare businesses and nonprofit organizations to introduce America’s youth to the healthy fun of America’s Great Outdoors. Events will be held at 200+ sites in urban centers, state and local parks and other places and the USDA Forest Service will waive many recreation fees on GO Day in national forests covering 192 million acres of the nation.

Partners Outdoors 2013 newsrelease

Funding, International Tourism and Access to Be Focus of Partners Outdoors 2013

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Washington, D.C. – More than 100 recreation community leaders from across the nation and representing public and private organizations key to enjoyment of public lands and waters will participate in Partners Outdoors 2013 on February 19-21. Meeting at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, participants will focus on three important topics: 1) innovative and supplementary funding for recreation sites and operations on federal lands and waters; 2) opportunities to attract international visitors to America's Great Outdoors and assist both the economy and understanding of American values; and 3) using the recent transportation legislation known as MAP-21 and more to support access to and travel through America's Great Outdoors.

President, Governors Tout Health Benefits of Great Outdoors

President, Governors Tout Economic Benefits of Great Outdoors in Proclamations

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June 27, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) - The importance of outdoor recreation to mental and physical health is a key theme of actions by the President and most governors in their designations of June 2012 as Great Outdoors Month. Great Outdoors Month proclamations began in the 1990’s and are now traditions, highlighting both the benefits of time outdoors and the range of activities and celebrations underway during the month.