January 2012 Newsletter: Special Partners Outdoors Report

January 2012 Newsletter: Special Partners Outdoors Report
Partners Outdoors 2012
January 8-11
Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia

This newsletter is available in PDF format here.

Partners Outdoors 2012 Tackles Tough Recreation Funding Issues

Leaders from the recreation industry and federal agencies met at Partners Outdoors 2012, held January 8th to 11th at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference focus was Funding Recreation Opportunities and the gathering marked the 21st year of the invitation-only meeting of top public and private sector recreation leaders.

Participants discussed current funding strategies for federal land managers, including disadvantages and opportunities for future improvement. Discussions focused on current and potential funding mechanisms for recreation infrastructure and operations, including use of fee receipts, special taxes, concessions and permit strategies, partnerships and more, that will help the recreation community meet the public’s needs for quality recreation experiences now and in the future.

Recommendations from Partners Outdoors 2012 aim to achieve a number of very valuable outcomes, including:

✦ Increase understanding of current and potential ways to fund capital and operational costs of recreation programs on public lands and waters;
✦ Assess new opportunities for linking healthcare and education programs to public lands operations and maintenance fiscal needs;
✦ Recommend pilot efforts to replace recreation services now funded through annual appropriations with sustainable alternative strategies; and
✦ Recommend effective monitoring of visitor desires and satisfaction levels, including value satisfaction.

Please visit the Partners Outdoors blog here for more information and to download presentations.