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Outdoor Recreation Idea of the Day, December 8, 2010

Focus on the Frontcountry

December 8, 2010 (Washington, DC) - Wilderness and backcountry areas are marvelous and need protection, but the battle to connect Americans to their lands and the Great Outdoors is going to be won or lost in the frontcountry -- easily accessed places that have tangible values for picnics and walks, jogging and biking and more. The Congress has largely ignored these important areas for decades and instead focused on battle between entrenched interests on roadless areas and Wilderness, oil and gas leasing and timber harvests. Those arguments will continue, but some of us want to bring new debate and energies to much less contentious initiatives to protect open spaces near people's daily lives.

Idea of the Day is inspired by the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to connect Americans to the outdoors and as well as AGO's IdeaJam blog. ARC’s submissions to the blog can be found if you click here. Additional ideas that have been submitted to IdeaJam can be found in our September 2010 newsletter, which is here.

Outdoor Recreation Idea of the Day, December 8, 2010

Focus on the Frontcountry

December 8, 2010 (Washington, DC) - Wilderness and backcountry areas are marvelous and need protection, but the battle to connect Americans to their lands and the Great Outdoors is going to be won or lost in the frontcountry -- easily accessed places that have tangible values for picnics and walks, jogging and biking and more. The Congress has largely ignored these important areas for decades and instead focused on battle between entrenched interests on roadless areas and Wilderness, oil and gas leasing and timber harvests. Those arguments will continue, but some of us want to bring new debate and energies to much less contentious initiatives to protect open spaces near people's daily lives.

Idea of the Day is inspired by the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to connect Americans to the outdoors and as well as AGO's IdeaJam blog. ARC’s submissions to the blog can be found if you click here. Additional ideas that have been submitted to IdeaJam can be found in our September 2010 newsletter, which is 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

America's Byways and Goodyear: Top 50 Comfortable Touring Drives

America's Byways Top 50 Comfortable Touring Drives

September 29, 2010 (Washington, DC) - The America's Byways Resource Center and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announce the Top 50 Comfortable Touring Drives. These top 50 touring drives, selected by Goodyear, encompass comfort and scenery to enhance the trip and are all within reasonable distance of major metropolitan areas.

On TV and radio today, September 30, the "outdoor guru" Derrick Crandall*, national spokesperson and president of the American Recreation Coalition announced the Byways selected for the program. A Goodyear survey showed that 97 percent of Americans planning a fall road trip agree
that their overall comfort is the key to enjoying it. The full list can be viewed Click here And to see a TV news story, Click here

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Twitter

The National Park Service's Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Twitter Page

Secretary Vilsack

Secretary Vilsack addresses the crowd at the June 2010 Recreation Exchange

Great Outdoors Week 2010 Report

Washington, D.C. – Recreation community leaders, allies, friends groups and government agency partners gathered in Washington, D.C. to participate in briefings, events and celebrations of the many significant contributions of the recreation community during Great Outdoors Week 2010 (June 7-12).

Achievements of the Beacon Award winners, accomplishments of the Recreational Trails Program, the third annual National Get Outdoors Day, the need to build the connection between outdoor recreation and healthier Americans (with the help of some of the nation’s leading physicians), and more were addressed during the week. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack also served as the special guest at the June Recreation Exchange luncheon and helped present the American Recreation Coalition’s Legends Awards to exemplary federal agency employees.

Great Outdoors Week is coordinated by the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and includes events co-hosted by more than a dozen federal agencies and national organizations. The week is a key component of Great Outdoors Month, a month-long celebration of outdoor recreation in America that also features National Trails Day (June 5), National Fishing and Boating Week (June 5-13), National Get Outdoors Day (June 12), the Great American Backyard Campout (June 26) and for the first time in June, National Marina Day (June 12).

To read the full report, click here.

Will Shafroth encourages outdoor recreation groups to participate in formation of America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

Will Shafroth, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, was the special guest at the April 2010 Recreation Exchange hosted by the American Recreation Coalition. Prior to taking his position at the Interior Department, Mr. Shafroth was a founder and executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Conservation Trust from 2000 to 2008. The group increased the pace and effectiveness of land and wildlife habitat conservation in Colorado, raising $18 million in private contributions, spurring the investment of $35 million into conservation projects, and leveraging $200 million in public funds. His efforts helped preserve 30,000 acres of wildlife habitat and open space.

Additionally, Mr. Shafroth was a key player in the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO), serving as its first executive director. During his time with GOCO – which is funded by Colorado lottery proceeds – Mr. Shafroth oversaw the granting of $250 million for 1,600 projects that preserved 300,000 acres of wildlife habitat, ranchland and open space. The initiative built diverse partnerships with ranchers, sportsmen, conservationists, businesspeople and government officials, including state administrators and legislators. GOCO also established parks, trails, environmental education centers, a statewide cattlemen's land trust and youth conservation corps across the state. GOCO grants leveraged more than $1.5 billion in additional funding, said Mr. Shafroth, and became a catalyst in increasing the importance of the great outdoors in the lives of Coloradans. He noted that in 1992 there were only a handful of land trust groups in Colorado. Today, there are over 40. He explained that the Obama Administration is hoping to replicate Colorado’s success in increasing the relevance of the outdoors – but this time on a national level – with its first Administration-wide outdoors initiative – America’s Great Outdoors.