Great Outdoors Month 2017 Will Be Most Important Ever

Great Outdoors Month 2017 Will Be Most Important Ever

Organizations across the country are preparing to celebrate June as Great Outdoors Month 2017! 2016 was the most successful Great Outdoors Month in history. Two signature events (Partners Outdoors 2016 and the GO West Campout), 17 Capital and Governor’s Campouts, thousands of partner events across the country and more helped introduce millions of Americans to healthy, active fun outdoors on their public lands and waters. Proclamations from the President and all 50 Governors recognized the economic and healthful importance of outdoor recreation to their states and the entire country.

Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of ORIR

Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of ORIR

Declaring himself “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt,” Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke testified today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is considering his nomination to serve as the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior. His remarks drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, which supports Zinke’s nomination.

ORIR Holds Capitol Hill Briefings on Growing the Outdoor Recreation Economy

ORIR Holds Capitol Hill Briefings on Growing the Outdoor Recreation Economy
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Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2017) – Outdoor recreation took center stage on Capitol Hill March 7. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) held briefings for staffers from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate, introducing the newly formed organization itself and detailing the tremendous economic impact of outdoor recreation within the United States.

2018 Calendar of Events

To read the full events calendar, click here.

Upcoming Highlights:

January
  • January 25-28: Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show; Denver, Colorado
  • January 31-February 2: International Marina and Boatyard Conference; New Orleans, Louisiana

    February
  • February 10-15: Hike the Hill; Washington, D.C.
  • ORIR Members Meet With Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

    ORIR Members Meet With Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
    This release is available as a PDF here.

    Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2017) – The Department of the Interior has a new leader. Former U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on March 1, becoming the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior.

    Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Urges Action on Zinke Nomination

    Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable Urges Action on Zinke Nomination

    The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) February 13 urged Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to promptly bring Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s nomination to the Senate floor and support his confirmation, saying “The Department needs active policy leadership as soon as possible.”

    Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke's Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundta

    Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke's Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable

    Declaring himself “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt,” Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke testified January 17 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is considering his nomination to serve as the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior. His remarks drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, which supports Zinke’s nomination.

    Resolved: Use Fee Free Days to Enjoy the Outdoors in 2017

    Resolved: Use Fee Free Days to Enjoy the Outdoors in 2017

    Here’s a great idea for 2017! Make a New Year’s resolution to take advantage of fee-free days to enjoy our magnificent national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and more! The National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will all waive their entrance fees on select dates in 2017, offering all Americans the opportunity to enjoy healthy, active outdoor fun on their public lands and waters. Most fee-free days, starting with Martin Luther King Day on January 16th, are linked to special holidays and events. Plus there are often special offers from agency partners to make your visits even more enjoyable.

    National Parks Adventure is a Huge Success!

    National Parks Adventure is a Huge Success!

    National Parks Adventure is a huge success! Brand USA’s giant-screen movie – which showcases the incredible beauty of our national parks – has been seen more than 2.4 million times in 98 markets worldwide in just the first six months. The film – narrated by Robert Redford – is the highest-grossing documentary of 2016 so far, beating out competition from other giant-screen films and Hollywood – with an estimated $16.8 million in worldwide ticket sales through August! The film’s PR campaign has generated more than 6.4 billion impressions, with an additional billion impressions generated by other exhibitors and partners. And the film is succeeding in generating greater interest in visiting the United States, with more than 80% of international viewers saying they’re much more, or somewhat more likely to visit the U.S. after seeing the film!

    Forest Service Revamping Special Use Permit Process to Encourage, Enable More Access to Public Lands

    Forest Service Revamping Special Use Permit Process to Encourage, Enable More Access to Public Lands

    More healthy, active outdoor fun is coming to the lands and waters of your National Forests! The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has begun a cultural shift, transitioning towards using staff and upgraded technology to enhance visitor experiences and enable more uses. USFS plans to revamp the way it manages 23,000 recreation special-use permits, streamlining applications and being a partner with recreation businesses, non-profit organizations and clubs. The overhaul will expand opportunities for families, inner-city youth and minorities, and lure other new visitors to public lands and make it easier to hold events in national forests. Heroes behind this effort include Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon and Director of Recreation Joe Meade – and a growing team of advocates inside the agency. To read the full story, click here.