GOM 2007

Great Outdoors Month 2007 Update

Great Outdoors Month 2007 began with a flourish, announced by a Presidential proclamation and through parallel actions by nearly half of the governors (to see copies of the proclamations, click here).

June 2 was National Trails Day and included some 1200 construction and maintenance projects across the nation. The next day marked the start of National Fishing and Boating Week, which included hundreds of events to introduce America’s youth to fun on and near the water. Great Outdoors Week followed and featured numerous high-profile events in the Nation’s Capitol, including the presentation of the 19th Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award.

Report on Great Outdoors Week 2007

Great Outdoors Week 2007

Washington, D.C. - Hundreds of leaders from the outdoor recreation community participated in meetings, discussions and celebrations of significant achievements during Great Outdoors Week 2007 (June 11-16). The need to reassess current recreation policies, the value of improving and expanding on successful recreation programs, and the importance of reconnecting children to the outdoors were all central themes of this year’s Great Outdoors Week, entitled Get Outside and into the Great Outdoors.

Richard D. Bass of Snowbird Resort to Receive 2007 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award

Washington, D.C. – Richard D. Bass, Chairman and CEO of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, has been chosen to receive the 19th Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award – the recreation community’s most prestigious award. Mr. Bass, the first person to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents, is one of the ski industry’s most dynamic and energetic leaders and has a remarkable record of community service to youth, the disabled and to the environment. “Dick Bass is a Renaissance man and a visionary demonstrating a life-long enthusiasm for confronting challenges that would deter virtually all others. He has always found multiple ways to invest his incredible energies,” remarked Derrick Crandall, American Recreation Coalition (ARC) President, as he announced the award.

President Proclaims June 2007 "Great Outdoors Month"

Washington, D.C. (May 29, 2007)- June is again Great Outdoors Month across the nation, proclaimed by President George W. Bush as a means to celebrate the rich blessings of America’s natural beauty and to highlight a commitment to protecting our environment so that we can leave our children and grandchildren a healthy and flourishing land for outdoor enjoyment.

The Presidential proclamation states, “Through recreational activities such as fishing, skiing, biking, and nature watching, we can teach our young people about the wonders of our Nation’s landscapes. Experiencing our Nation’s natural splendor contributes to healthier lives for our citizens and a deeper appreciation for the great outdoors.”