Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2015

POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION IN 2015

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Washington, D.C. (October 23, 2014) – Outdoor recreation leaders report good sales and activities for 2014 and expectations of still stronger activity in 2015, according to a new report from the American Recreation Coalition, Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2015. 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 whitewater outings, supporting millions of jobs in manufacturing, sales and service. Though the 2008 recession hurt, especially in sales of new equipment, 2014 brought strong recovery. And technology in the outdoors is blossoming, bringing lighter and stronger skis and bikes and new electronic devices, like hand-held GPS units and digital cameras, adding to outdoor fun.

Congressional Allies Champion Recreational Trails Program on Eve of the 114th Congress

CONGRESSIONAL ALLIES CHAMPION RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM ON EVE OF THE 114TH CONGRESS
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October 6, 2014 – An integral part of connecting people with their Great Outdoors in a fun and healthy way is America’s wonderful system of trails. Tens of thousands of miles of recreational trails crisscross all 50 states. A key resource for building, improving and maintaining trails for all enthusiasts is the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

National Parks Invite Visitors to Discover Something New in a Park with Free Admission on Nine Days in 2015

There are nine more reasons to enjoy national parks next year! The National Park Service will offer free admission to every visitor on nine days in 2015.

The 2015 entrance fee-free days are:

  • January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18 & 19: National Park Week’s opening weekend
  • August 25: National Park Service’s 99th birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • “Every day is a great day in a national park, and these entrance fee free days offer an extra incentive to visit one of these amazing places,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As we prepare to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016, we are inviting all Americans to discover the beauty and history that lives in our national parks."

    Great Outdoors Month™ 2014 Wrap Up

    Great Outdoors Month 2014 was the most successful Great Outdoors Month™ yet! With proclamations from the President and all 50 governors - as well as PSAs by Governors Butch Otter (R-ID) and Mike Beebe (D-AR) urging their citizens to enjoy the Great Outdoors - enthusiasm at the highest levels was clear.

    A record number of events were held to celebrate Great Outdoors Month™, including National Kids to Parks Day, hosted by the National Park Trust; the largest ever National Trails Day, hosted by the American Hiking Society; National Fishing and Boating Week, coordinated nationally by Take Me Fishing; the 13th annual National Marina Day, organized by the Association of Marina Industries; the largest ever National Get Outdoors Day, hosted by USFS and ARC; and the largest ever Great American Backyard Campout, hosted by the National Wildlife Federation.

    Great Outdoors Month™ Website

    The Great Outdoors Month™ website is full of useful information on different ways to get outdoors. With links to The National Wildlife Federation, Recreation.gov, America's State Parks and much more, it is your one stop shop for fun in America's Great Outdoors.

    You can visit the site at:

  • greatoutdoorsmonth.org
  • Partners Outdoors 2014 Videos

    Partners Outdoors 2014 is in the books and was one of the most successful yet! Partners from all over the recreation community came out to the Department of the Interior in Washington D.C. to attend 3 days of spirited and inspirational discussion about how public and private entities can work better together to serve the public and share America’s Great Outdoors with everyone across the nation. Our 3 topics were: Funding Recreation in the Great Outdoors Sustainably, Hosting All Americans in their Great Outdoors and Working Better As Partners Outdoors. The lively discussions featured public and private heavyweights like National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall, Author Audrey Peterman, Virginia State Parks Director Joe Elton, Georgia State Parks Director Becky Kelley and many more. Monday’s first General Session, both General Sessions from Tuesday and Wednesday and Monday’s Beacon Awards are all available for viewing online.

    Interior Announces Share the Experience 2016 Photo Contest Winners

    Interior Announces Share the Experience 2016 Photo Contest Winners
    Citizen Photographers Compete for Photo Placement on National Public Lands and Waters Pass

    The U.S. Department of the Interior today, along with the National Park Foundation and other participating federal recreation land agencies, announced the winners of the 2016 Share the Experience photography contest on the agency’s popular Instagram account and launched the 2017 contest.

    More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging The Administration to Keep the "Great" In Great Outdoors

    More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Executives Sign Letter Urging The Administration to Keep the "Great" In Great Outdoors

    Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2017)- In an open letter published in the Wall Street Journal, executives from more than 100 outdoor recreation industry companies praised the agenda being set by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. These leading executives represent many segments of the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry including the shooting, hunting, archery, camping, fishing, marine, motorcycle, powersports, hospitality and recreation vehicle sectors.

    Secretary Zinke Announces $34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation

    Secretary Zinke Announces $34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation
    Report Finds Parks Support 318,000 Jobs Mostly in Hotels, Restaurants, Transportation, Recreation

    SAN FRANCISCO – Today, during National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016's record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 – a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. Zinke made his announcement while visiting the historic Presidio of San Francisco at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Zinke marked National Park Week by also visiting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Channel Islands national parks.

    According to the annual peer-reviewed economics report, 2016 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, the strong economic output is attributed to record visitation and visitor spending in “gateway” communities near national park entrances. The report also found visitor spending supported 318,000 jobs in 2016, with the vast majority of them defined as local jobs, including those in the hospitality, retail, transportation, and recreation industries.