Fall 2013 Issues Briefing

The American Recreation Coalition’s Fall Recreation Issues Briefing focused on four key topics: funding recreation in America’s Great Outdoors; connecting people with their Great Outdoors; MAP-21 and key recreation transportation issues; and Great Outdoors Month 2014. More than 50 representatives of recreation, conservation and tourism organizations gathered at AAA in Washington, D.C. to hear from topic experts and to offer their own observations on the issues at hand.

To complement the presentations and discussions, ARC prepared and distributed a series of white papers providing useful background on each issue.

2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Selected to Receive 2013 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

This news release is available as a .pdf here.

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 celebration on September 10 in Washington, DC. 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.

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SHELDON COLEMAN GREAT OUTDOORS AWARD

Sheldon Coleman (1901-1988) was Chairman of The Coleman Company of Wichita, Kansas. His talents as an engineer, as an advocate, and as a marketer have helped millions of people enjoy the outdoors. During his lifetime, Sheldon received numerous awards and honors and contributed his energies to a host of conservation causes, including service as a member of the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors (1985-1987).

Some knew Sheldon Coleman for the millions of lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, coolers, stoves and dozens of other outdoor products that were sold by his company during his six-decade career and today are found everywhere across America. Others knew Sheldon Coleman as a visionary who championed volunteerism and partnerships for the outdoors or as a motivator who understood the power of praise. The Great Outdoors Award seeks to commemorate and continue Sheldon’s work by honoring special Americans whose personal efforts have significantly enhanced opportunities for others to enjoy the outdoors.

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


This report is available as a .pdf here.

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

This news release is available as a .pdf here.

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.