News Release FLREA


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Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on reauthorization of legislation allowing federal agencies to collect and retain entrance and recreation fees. ARC told the Congress that recreationists supported fees but were concerned about the lack of focus on improvements in recreation experiences following the enactment of the 2004 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

Great Outdoors Month 2014 Proclamations & PSAs

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.

Great Outdoors Month 2014 News Releases

Great Outdoors Month 2014 has officially begun! With proclamations from President Obama and almost all 50 governors, Great Outdoors Month seeks to bring more Americans than ever to our great outdoors.

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  • Great Outdoors Month 2014 Release
  • Rep. Sam Farr Selected as 2014 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award
  • 2014 Beacon Awards
  • News Release Great Outdoors Month 2014 Planning


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    Washington, D.C. – Recreation community leaders have begun intense planning for Great Outdoors Month 2014 beginning with Memorial Day weekend on May 24-26 and ending with Independence Day on July 4, 2014.

    Pillars of Great Outdoors Month include events ranging from National Trails Day® to National Fishing and Boating Week, from National GO (Get Outdoors) Day to Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day and the Great American Backyard Campout. Great Outdoors Month is officially proclaimed through proclamations issued by the President of the United States and all 50 state governors. The proclamations highlight the value of recreation to conservation causes while fostering appreciation of our American values and raising awareness of the economic importance of the $650+ billion in annual spending in countless communities across the United States, the role of recreation in boosting physical and mental health, and the value of the Great Outdoors to U.S. efforts to attract international tourists.

    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

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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 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.



    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.