ORIR Members Meet With Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

ORIR Members Meet With Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
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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.”

Partners Outdoors 2017 Overview

Partners Outdoors 2017: More Fun Outdoors for Everyone

Partners Outdoors 2017 will bring partners from the public and private sectors together to unify and focus recreation community efforts on core issues and showcase innovation in thinking and action. Brainstorming, visioning and action will be expected of all participants, and the program will celebrate the start of Great Outdoors Month with a special embrace of key outreach efforts, including Every Kid in a Park.

The Washington, D.C., area will once again host the event – but with some interesting new aspects. The program will be a joint undertaking of private sector interests, coordinated through the American Recreation Coalition, federal agencies coordinated through the Federal Recreation Council, state park agencies coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors – and will also involve a new partner: SHIFT.

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.

ARC's Recreation Exchange: Economic Data is Critical to Future of Outdoor Recreation

ARC's Recreation Exchange: Economic Data is Critical to Future of Outdoor Recreation

Economic data relating to outdoor recreation is a hot topic. Improving the data, better sharing of data and use of the data in decision-making unify the public and private sectors of the $650 billion per annum outdoor recreation community. ARC’s September 27 Recreation Exchange: Outdoor Recreation Economic Data Today and Tomorrow showcased how public and private organizations are using and improving data to help enhance visitor experiences on public lands and waters.

ARC, Agents of Discovery and USFS Bring Interactive Gaming to the Great Outdoors

ARC, Agents of Discovery and USFS Bring Interactive Gaming to the Great Outdoors

Interactive, mobile gaming is coming to America’s national forests! ARC, Agents of Discovery and USFS are teaming up to bring educational, movement-based interactive gaming to national forest sites across the country.

Discovery Agents has the potential to be a game-changer for interpretive and educational programs on public lands and waters. To help expand opportunities, ARC and Agents of Discovery are gathering with representatives from federal and state recreation leaders as well as partners from the travel and tourism industries and conservation and youth advocacy interests at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 27.

Kubo and the Two Strings Helps Discover the Forest Get Kids Outdoors

Kubo and the Two Strings Helps Discover the Forest Get Kids Outdoors

The U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council have partnered with critically-acclaimed movie Kubo and the Two Strings to help encourage families to reconnect with nature through Discover the Forest! Oregon-based Laika Entertainment – which made the film – produced pro bono PSAs featuring clips and screenshots from the movie. Like the National Forest Foundation’s collaboration with Pete’s Dragon earlier this summer, the PSAs focus on the idea that adventures can be found all around, but the best place to start is the forest. The Kubo and the Two Strings PSAs invite people to visit DiscoverTheForest.org to find a forest nearby to plan their own adventure.