Summary: National Outdoor Recreation Policy Act

National Outdoor Recreation Policy Act

  • Recognizes the critical role of lands and waters administered by federal agencies in providing diverse and necessary recreation opportunities for all Americans and further recognizes the important role recreation plays in meeting national goals for health, education, deterrence of crime, economic development and family and community stability.
  • Finds that growing recreation demand necessitates recognition of changed on-the-ground circumstances and may require changes in federal management of land and water resources; and that there is a need for new federal policies and strategies for meeting recreation demands including improved inter-agency and public/private coordination, enhanced land stewardship and accountability, and innovative management tools for enhancing and maintaining much needed recreation programs and facilities.
  • Directs the Secretary of the Interior to lead a multi-departmental effort to craft a National Recreation Strategy within 12 months of enactment and authorizes the appointment of advisors to assist this effort. Further establishes a Recreation Inter-Agency Coordinating Council and authorizes appointment of recreation advisors from among the public. The strategy will be delivered to the Congressional committees with primary jurisdiction over federally managed lands and waters.
  • Identifies 14 issues to be considered in developing the National Recreation Strategy ranging from volunteerism to partnerships, from alternative funding mechanisms to recreation needs of urban Americans, from review of the recommendations of the National Recreation Lakes Study commission to use of new technologies to aid visitors and improve management, but does not restrict the strategy effort from examining other issues.

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Click here to see the draft legislation.

Click here to see a copy of the letter sent to President Bush.


Recreation Leaders Urge Enactment of NORPA

Contact: Derrick Crandall


Washington, D.C. – America’s recreation community leaders delivered draft legislation to the President and key Congressional leaders designed to continue and enhance quality recreation opportunities across the nation. The legislation highlight’s recreation’s contributions to individual and national health – physical and mental health as well as economic and environmental health.

NOPRA Endorsers


America Outdoors
American Association for Nude Recreation
American Council of Snowmobile Associations
American Horse Council
American Motorcyclist Association
American Sportfishing Association
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access
ARVC – National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
Association of Marina Industries
BlueRibbon Coalition
Clean Beaches Council
Family Campers and RVers
The Good Sam Club
International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
Kampgrounds of America
Motorcycle Industry Council
National Alliance of Gateway Communities
National Forest Recreation Association
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Park Hospitality Association
National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association
National Sporting Goods Association
National Tour Association
Personal Watercraft Industry Association
The Recreation Roundtable
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association
Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
Southeast Tourism Society
Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
Tread Lightly!
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
Western States Tourism Policy Council
Westrec Marina Management

As of March 31, 2005