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.

Every Kid in a Park

Administration Launches Every Kid in a Park Pass
Fourth Graders Can Now Obtain Pass that Grants Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters Nationwide for them and their Family

WASHINGTON – As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Obama Administration today formally launched the new Every Kid in a Park program.

Starting today, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

2015 Recreation Issues Forum

2015 RECREATION ISSUES FORUM

Trail to Success for Great Outdoors Issues in the 114th Congress

October 14, 2015

Program available as a PDF here
Handouts are available as a PDF here
Speaker information is available as a PDF here

Key recreation community leaders serving as issue advocates led a series of conversations with invited Congressional staffers from both parties with the goal of achieving successful legislative action on key recreation issues during the 114th Congress.

NPS Centennial to Include Youth Outreach, Backlog Reduction

NPS Centennial to Include Youth Outreach, Backlog Reduction

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Washington, D.C. (Feb. 3, 2015) – President Barack Obama used his FY2016 budget request to outline plans to keep parks relevant to an increasingly urban and diverse nation and to invite all Americans to help support their parks. His requests include $20 million annually to transport over a million urban youth to national parks and public lands, with dedicated youth coordinators to welcome them and their families, and a significant increase in the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge program, which leverages federal spending at least 1:1 with contributions and partner funding and helps reduce the large NPS deferred-maintenance backlog.

ARC at Missouri Governor's Natural Resources Conference

ARC President at Missouri Governor's Natural Resources Conference

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Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2014) - American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall addressed some 400 state conservation and recreation leaders gathered at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Natural Resources in Springfield, Missouri, on November 12 and 13. Crandall spoke at two concurrent sessions held the first day on “Connecting People to Resources Through Recreation” and keynoted the second day’s general session with a presentation titled “Now Is the Time: Action to Seize the Incredible Opportunities Offered by Missouri's Great Outdoors.”