GOM 2012

Great Outdoors Month 2012 Activities

Great Outdoors Month is an excellent time to, well, get outdoors! Below is a list of the national events encouraging people to hike, fish, boat, camp, and get outdoors! Click on the day to be linked to the website.
National Trails Day, American Hiking Society: June 2
National Fishing and Boating Week, Take Me Fishing: June 2 - 10
National Get Outdoors Day, ARC & USDA Forest Service: June 9
Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day, Association of Marina Industries: June 9
Great American Backyard Campout, National Wildlife Federation: June 23

June 9 is also a fee free day at all National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and BLM Lands.

Great Outdoors Month 2012 Proclamations

June is a special time to celebrate America’s Great Outdoors. National leaders for years have issued proclamations recognizing this month as Great Outdoors Month, a time when America celebrates its natural treasures. This recognition highlights the benefits of active fun outdoors in our magnificent shared resources of forests, parks, refuges, and other public lands and waters. Proclamations generate widespread media attention, encouraging millions of American families to move outside, and prompting public discussion of important issues linked to outdoor recreation, including volunteerism, health, and outdoor ethics.

Coalition for Recreational Trails Announces 2012 Annual Achievement Awards Winners

The 14th annual presentation of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) presented eight trails from across the United States with the CRT’s Annual Achievement Award in recognition of their outstanding use of Recreational Trail Program (RTP) funds. Awards for Outstanding State Trail Program and Outstanding Recreational Trails Advisory Committee were also presented at the event on Capitol Hill on June 5, 2012.

The trail projects honored for their use of RTP funds were:

Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Lombard Trail (Idaho) - Bureau of Land Management/Challis Field Office; Great Basin Institute; Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation

Construction and Design - Local
Chattahoochee Nature Trails (Florida) - City of Chattahoochee

Construction and Design - Long Distance
Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway (Nevada) - Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway

Education and Communication
Intertwine Alliance Bi-State Regional Trails Website(Oregon-Washington) - The Intertwine Alliance

Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing
Kwolh Butte Shelter (Oregon) - Deschutes National Forest

Environment and Wildlife Compatibility
Swords Park Trail (Montana) - City of Billings

Accessibility Enhancement
The Children’s Center’s Life Trails and Therapeutic Park (Oklahoma) - The Children’s Center

Use of Youth Conservation/Service Corps
Mount Yale Trail Realignment(Colorado) - Pike and San Isabel National Forests/Salida Ranger District; Colorado Fourteeners Initiative; Rocky Mountain Youth Corps; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; Colorado College; Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

The winners of State Awards were:

Outstanding State Trail Program
Tennessee Greenways and Trails Program

Outstanding State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee
Illinois Greenways & Trails Council