ARC Criticizes Yosemite Management Proposals

ARC Criticizes Yosemite Management Proposals

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Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) submitted comments criticizing all the management alternatives presented in Yosemite National Park’s Merced Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. In a letter sent to Superintendent Don Neubacher on April 30, 2013, ARC President Derrick Crandall stated, “We strongly object to reductions in visitor experience opportunities in Yosemite, an outcome under each of the offered alternatives in the proposed plan. We believe that the NPS has failed to meet the requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to offer any alternative that would add to the opportunities for quality visitor experiences in the park.”

Great Outdoors Month 2013 Activities

Great Outdoors Month is an excellent time to, well, get outdoors! Below is a list of the national events encouraging people to hike, fish, boat, camp, and get outdoors! Click on the day to be linked to the website.
National Trails Day, American Hiking Society: June 1
National Fishing and Boating Week, Take Me Fishing: June 1 - 9
National Get Outdoors Day, ARC & USDA Forest Service: June 8

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.