Wyoming Governor Matt Mead's Efforts to Champion Outdoors Benefit WY Nonprofit

WY GOVERNOR MATT MEAD’S EFFORTS TO CHAMPION OUTDOORS BENEFIT WYOMING NONPROFIT
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Cheyenne, WY (December 11, 2015) – The Great Outdoors Month™ Partnership recently selected Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s 2015 Public Service Announcement (PSA) promoting healthy, active outdoor fun as one of three national winners. The selection entitled the Governor to designate a nonprofit organization helping to connect America’s kids to the outdoors for a donation. At a December 9 gathering in his office, Governor Mead presented the “WY Outside” program with the $1,000 action grant to support its important work.

Governor Matt Mead to Receive Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award in Cheyenne

GOVERNOR MATT MEAD TO RECEIVE SHELDON COLEMAN GREAT OUTDOORS AWARD IN CHEYENNE
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Washington, D.C. (December 7, 2015) - Wyoming Governor Matt Mead will receive one of two 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Awards at a ceremony in Cheyenne, Wyoming December 9. Recreation leaders from the private and public sectors will join the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and The Coleman Company to present Governor Mead with the recreation community's most prestigious award. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will receive 2015’s second award in Jefferson City at a later date. In addition, plans are underway to honor the Governors in Washington, D.C. during February 2016.

Subcommittee on Federal Lands to Hold Legislative Hearing on Discussion Draft of the "National Park Service Centennial Act"

Subcommittee on Federal Lands to Hold Legislative Hearing on Discussion Draft of the “National Park Service Centennial Act”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 10:00 AM, in Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands will hold a legislative hearing on the discussion draft of the “National Park Service Centennial Act.”

WHAT: Subcommittee on Federal Lands legislative hearing on “National Park Service Centennial Act” discussion draft

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 10:00 AM

National Park Service Solicits Letters to the Future from Local Students

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SOLICITS LETTERS TO THE FUTURE FROM LOCAL STUDENTS
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Bushkill, PA -- Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue is asking students in grades K-12 to write a letter to the future. The letters will be buried in a time capsule for the next 50 years. “We celebrated our 50th anniversary this year and the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016,” explained Donahue. In commemoration of these two historic milestones, employees at the park are sending a message to the future. “We want that message to include the voices of today’s youth since they will be the ones entrusted with the care of special places like this in the future.”

Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2016

POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION IN 2016
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Washington, D.C. (October 29, 2015) – Outdoor recreation leaders report good sales and activities for 2015 and expectations of still stronger activity in 2016, according to a new report from the American Recreation Coalition, Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2016. Americans spend more than $650 billion annually on equipment ranging from skis and tents to RVs and boats and on services ranging from fishing licenses to zip lines, supporting millions of jobs in manufacturing, sales and service. And renewed interest in outreach and promotion by federal land and water management agencies – based around the National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration – is creating new opportunities for Americans everywhere to enjoy their great outdoors.

Governors Matt Mead and Jay Nixon Receive 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

GOVERNORS MATT MEAD AND JAY NIXON RECEIVE 2015 SHELDON COLEMAN GREAT OUTDOORS AWARD
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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon have been selected to receive the 2015 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community's most prestigious award. The awards will be presented to each Governor in his office by leaders of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and The Coleman Company. In addition, plans are underway to honor the Governors in Washington, D.C. during February 2016.

ARC Presents at Society of American Travel Writers Convention In Las Vegas

ARC PRESENTS AT SOCIETY OF AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITERS CONVENTION IN LAS VEGAS

American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall addressed some 400 travel journalists, editors and publishers as part of the Society of American Travel Writers Convention in Las Vegas October 6. Crandall outlined the National Park Service Centennial, as well as new ways federal land and water management agencies are trying to connect with an increasingly urban and technologically-minded public.

Major Centennial programs Crandall discussed included Every Kid in a Park, Find Your Park, NPS’ Urban Agenda, the Centennial Challenge program and more. Crandall also talked about new opportunities for active, outdoor fun on federal lands including summer activities like hiking, biking, zip lining and more at major ski resorts – 60% of which are on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

ARC Urges Senate Action to Aid Great Outdoors Visitors

ARC URGES SENATE ACTION TO AID GREAT OUTDOORS VISITORS

Washington, D.C. (September 16, 2015) – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee expressing its support for the reauthorization and modification of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). The committee will hold a hearing September 17 on FLREA which can be watched here

FLREA – enacted in 2004 – authorizes the collection and retention of entrance and recreation fees for most of the major federal recreation providers: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. While management of recreation on our federal lands remains funded primarily by appropriations of general funds, FLREA supplements those appropriations with more than $300 million annually in entrance and campground fees and other recreation-related charges.