Policies & Issues

Fall 2013 Issues Briefing

The American Recreation Coalition’s Fall Recreation Issues Briefing focused on four key topics: funding recreation in America’s Great Outdoors; connecting people with their Great Outdoors; MAP-21 and key recreation transportation issues; and Great Outdoors Month 2014. More than 50 representatives of recreation, conservation and tourism organizations gathered at AAA in Washington, D.C. to hear from topic experts and to offer their own observations on the issues at hand.

To complement the presentations and discussions, ARC prepared and distributed a series of white papers providing useful background on each issue.

Forest Service Planning Rule - Summary

Forest Service Planning Rule Summary by Coalition for Recreation in the National Forests

December 6, 2010 (Washington, DC) - CRNF has created this one page summary for use (1) with WGA, NACo and other potential allies, (2) for your use with new Members of Congress and other elected officials and (3) with news media.

To read the CRNF summary, click here.

41 Members of Congress Sign Letter to USFS Chief: Recreation A Key Factor in Planning

41 Members of Congress Tell FS Chief: Recreation is Key Factor in Planning

November 24, 2010 (Washington, DC) - Something big for recreation occurred on Capitol Hill in recent weeks. ARC’s efforts on the Forest Service Planning Rule over the past several months stimulated a letter signed by 41 Members of Congress and sent to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell on November 19th. The effort was led by U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), just elected as the Majority Whip for the 112th Congress, which convenes next January. “The Congressional letter stresses the importance of recreation and access in national forest planning – a very helpful message as the rule undergoes its final clearance in the Administration,” according to ARC President Derrick Crandall. “Representative McCarthy’s role as a recreation champion is important and welcomed, and we greatly appreciate his leadership,” he added. A parallel letter from U.S. Senators is being pursued.

To read the letter, click here.

National Forest Planning Rule: Recreation at Heart of Debate, Leaders tell Chief

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National Forest Planning Rule: Recreation at Heart of Debate, Leaders tell Chief

September 27, 2010 (Washington, DC) - A high-level, diverse group of recreation community leaders met today with the Chief of the Forest Service, Tom Tidwell, and top agency leaders today to express their major concerns with the new Forest Planning Rule now being prepared for publication and comments. According to Derrick Crandall, President, American Recreation Coalition, “this rule will have a significant impact on forest plans and will thus determine recreational opportunities on some 190 million acres of key federal lands.”

The seven recreation community leaders spoke on behalf of the $400 billion per annum recreation industry, enthusiasts and gateway communities. The Chief told the group, “it is appropriate and right for recreation to be the first thought when Americans think about the national forests.

The meeting came in response to a letter to the Chief from nearly 80 top recreation organizations expressing major concerns about the Planning Rule. Although they had responded to Forest Service invitations to help guide the rule, they had real doubts that the messages they had delivered in a series of meetings, in written comments and through an agency blog were understood and having an effect on the draft Planning Rule.

To read the letter, click here.

Recreation Leaders Prepare to Meet with Forest Service Chief

September 30, 2010 (Washington, DC) - Attending the Forest Service meeting, from left, Michael Berry, President, National Ski Areas Association, Lakewood, Colo.; Larry Smith, Executive Director, Americans for Responsible Recreational Access, Washington, DC; David Brown, Executive Director, America Outdoors Association, Knoxville, Tenn.; Hon. William Horn, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Washington, DC; Hon. Lyle Laverty, Executive Director, National Association of Gateway Communities, Denver, Colo.; Derrick Crandall, President, American Recreation Coalition. Not pictured, Michael Nussman, Pr

ARC Tells Congress Recreation Community Is Concerned About and Responding to Global Climate Issue

Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2007) - “The recreation community has been a solid and active proponent of environmental protection for decades,” American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President Derrick Crandall told the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today, “and . . . the recreation industry seeks to be a vital part of public policy discussions and action on global climate change.”

“Can, should and is the recreation community taking actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to recreation? The answer to all three questions is YES. And we feel that together, government, industry and individuals can achieve important goals that are good for the environment – and make economic sense, too,” Crandall added.

"No Net Loss" Hunting Legislation Work Group Convened

The American Recreation Coalition recently convened key national and regional recreation and hunting representatives to discuss the ongoing legislative effort at both the state and federal level to ensure no net loss of lands open to hunting. As a result of this initial conversation, a working group has been formed to look at the varying legislative approaches to “no net loss” that have been taken in different jurisdictions, to consider the legislation’s long-term implications, and to address any concerns within the recreation community about the legislation’s potential impact on public land managers and recreationists.

National Park Service Review of Personal Watercraft Use to be Expedited

WASHINGTON DC – The National Park Service was directed to expedite the process to review the use of personal watercraft in several National Parks at a March 15th hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs.

Economist Laura Baughman, president of the Trade Partnership, an economic consulting firm, testified at the hearing regarding an economic impact study her firm recently completed for the personal watercraft industry about the cost of the bans in national parks. Ms. Baughman calculates the economic loss at $587 million annually.

ARC Submits Comments on NPS Management Policies

(Washington, D.C.) – On February 17, the American Recreation Coalition submitted comments on proposed revisions to the NPS Management Policies, a document designed to guide decisions throughout the agency. ARC advised the agency that it supports the current review as especially significant because the 2001 version of NPS management policies was developed under Interior leadership that assumed park visitation would increase dramatically and pose serious threats to the parks. In fact, park visits have not grown significantly.

Guidelines For Public Involvement In Recreation Fees Published

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior published public involvement guidelines regarding federal recreation fees in the Federal Register on September 28, 2005. These final guidelines are the result of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) of December 2004 and cover five cooperating federal agencies: USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management and United States Fish and Wildlife Service.